Who is Operation Safety Now?

Hosted By: Max Nesterak - June 4, 2021


Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.

Facing an existential threat to his department, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo found support among a group of vocal, concerned citizens. A pro-police grassroots movement? Not entirely.

Hundreds of emails obtained by the Reformer show Arradondo coordinated closely with a start-up group called Operation Safety Now devoted to swaying public opinion and showing strong support for a larger police budget.

A city council member called the relationship “unprecedented” and the group’s leader doesn’t appear to even live in the city.

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Logan Carroll

Logan Carroll is an independent journalist reporting on Minnesota's right-wing media ecosystem and co-host of the Unbalanced.MN podcast.