Minnehaha County Commissioner Barth calls out city for denial of crime increases

Funny how our Governor, Attorney General and County Sheriff have admitted to the drastic crime growth in our City and State but our own police department seems to be in denial;

The incredible addictive nature of Methamphetamine has led to a 50 percent increase in meth arrests here in Minnehaha County. Fifty percent in just three years.

Some Sioux Falls leaders deny there is a crime issue. Yes, some arrests are down, but murder, shootings, stabbings and assault are up. Failing to admit the problem helps nobody.

As citizens, we need to demand better. We need treatment for users, bigger prisons for dealers and help for mental health issues. That will cost money, but denial and early release put you and your children at risk.

When the country of Portugal changed their drug policy to full legalization and resources spent on treatment VS. incarceration they saw a drastic decline in addiction. Who figured?


#1 Canadian on 02.26.18 at 11:20 am

I watched The briefing where the stats were released and that’s just not true. The PD Chief specifically said that the drug cases and meth arrest numbers were up and that homicides were at a record last year. He also noted that most other categories were down in 2017. I don’t know how reporting the facts equates to a denial of a crime problem. Why are you characterizing it this way? That is the real question.

#2 The D@ily Spin on 02.26.18 at 11:56 am

I don’t believe much of anything coming from city government. There’s a murder or drug bust per week when PH (PreHuether) it was one a year. Actually, I enjoy the humor when there’s a press conference to announce Huether has no political party or plans not to run for office. It’s more entertaining than corn commercials on KELO.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 02.26.18 at 12:33 pm

Sarah Huckabee Sanders logic would argue that crime may be up in Minnehaha County, but how do you know that it’s not mostly happening outside the City limits? Plus, a 1/3 or a 1/4 of the City is in Lincoln County, which makes Minnehaha County stats not completely applicable, right?….. (You know you are desperate, when you rely on Sarah for help…. 😉 )

#4 LJL on 02.26.18 at 12:44 pm

I’ll be the first to say I have flipped on this issue. I believe we need to end the criminalization on small quantities of certain drugs and double the efforts against the manufacturers.

We’re pissing away money and criminalizing of our youth for nothing.

Lastly, we can save tremendous amounts of money by making simple changes to our bail process.

Commissioner Barth please ask the question of how many charged suspects are sitting in county because they cannot achieve simple bail bond amounts.

Now with that information, consider our former fire chief predator is not in jail awaiting trial and wasting the counties time with delay tactics.

#5 l3wis on 02.26.18 at 1:28 pm

Canadian, wake up. Sheriff Milstead stated a couple of months ago that Felonies in the county are up 100% from 5 years ago. That CANNOT be blamed on population growth as Mr. Burns has muttered. Also, when it comes to factual information I’m more willing to trust an elected official (Milstead) who has been doing this job for decades over a unqualified Huether appointment. Just saying.

#6 Canadian on 02.26.18 at 1:46 pm

The PD said that meth arrests were at a record high in 2017. Every one of those is a felony arrest Detroit. Both the sheriff and the chief are right on this. This is not hard ,you are deliberately confusing the issue because you have an agenda to smear the city every chance you get. That much is clear.

#7 l3wis on 02.26.18 at 1:56 pm

LOL. I don’t think the city needs any help in smearing themselves.

You, know, because it is just ‘Bad Optics’.