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Sunday anti-crime strategy pays off in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Part of the plan to help curb crime in downtown Minneapolis appears to have worked this past weekend.

City leaders formed an agreement with several club owners that ended 18-and-up nights on Sundays, which is when police say most of the crime happens in downtown.

Law enforcement officers say Sunday nights have been the worst for spikes in crime downtown, with everything from fist fights to stabbings and shootouts breaking out in the early morning hours when most people are either heading to bed or are already sound asleep.

After crime jumped more than 50 percent from the year before, the city began dressing up the city streets with an abundance of uniformed officers -- and the Minneapolis Police Department has added officers to the bar beat. Hennepin County also shifted schedules to help out. Now, it's unlikely that anyone can go more than half a block without seeing an officer.

Although there were noticeably fewer people in the area on this past Sunday, several arrests were still made -- and alcohol played a large role in how people behaved.

However, there were no violent crimes recorded as the clubs closed down, although FOX 9 News was told that security personnel at one club kicked out patrons with pepper spray.

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