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New look at police stats shows the spread of violent crime across Minneapolis this summer

New look at police stats shows the spread of violent crime across Minneapolis this summer

More from the HomepageThe surge included more prosperous neighborhoods that typically experience few such incidents while continuing to exact the heaviest toll in the city's poor areas. ByandStar TribunemoreViolent crime has surged to record highs across Minneapolis this year, rising in more prosperous neighborhoods that typically experience few such incidents while continuing to exact the heaviest toll in the city’s poor, ethnically diverse areas.Through last week, the city had logged 3,674 violent crimes — defined as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults — up 17% from the...

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Teen fatally shot in north Minneapolis worked for Republican congressional candidate

Teen fatally shot in north Minneapolis worked for Republican congressional candidate

More from the HomepageOfficials at Patrick Henry High school ID'd the teen in a Facebook post and said that grief counselors would be available to students. ByandStar TribunemoreMinneapolis police continued their search Tuesday for a suspect or suspects they say fatally shot a Patrick Henry High School student who was standing outside a North Side convenience store the day before.said Andre Conley was entering his senior year, adding that grief counselors would be available to students.“We know this event affects our school community greatly. We all share in the grief and sense of loss, and...

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Minneapolis police officer fired for decorating racist Fourth Precinct Christmas tree gets job back

Minneapolis police officer fired for decorating racist Fourth Precinct Christmas tree gets job back

More from the HomepageThe officer was ordered to serve a 320-hour suspension. By Star TribunemoreA former Minneapolis police officer who was with racist items two years ago should get his job back, an arbitrator has ruled.The arbitrator said that Mark Bohnsack was wrongly terminated for the November 2018 incident that also resulted in the firing of another cop, but that Bohnsack must serve a 320-hour suspension without pay, officials said. The city has a right to appeal the decision.It comes amid renewed scrutiny of the arbitration process in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, which...

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Police: 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting

Police: 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting

More from the HomepagePolice say the suspect has been identified, but no charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. By Star TribunemoreA masked man who was smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker "Umbrella Man," is suspected of ties with a white supremacist group and sought to incite racial tension, police said.A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the act of vandalism at the AutoZone on East Lake Street helped spark a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The store was among dozens...

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Police: 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting

Police: 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting

More from the HomepagePolice say the suspect has been identified, but no charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon. By Star TribunemoreA masked man who was smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker "Umbrella Man," is suspected of ties with a white supremacist group and sought to incite racial tension, police said.A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the act of vandalism at the AutoZone on East Lake Street helped spark a chain reaction that led to days of looting and rioting. The store was among dozens...

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17-year-old boy is Minneapolis' 37th homicide victim of 2020

17-year-old boy is Minneapolis' 37th homicide victim of 2020

More from the HomepageThe shooting was the latest in a violent stretch for the city this summer. By Star TribunemoreA 17-year-old boy was shot to death Thursday evening on Minneapolis’ South Side, the city’s 37th homicide of the year.Map: 35th Street and S. Chicago AvenuePolice responded to a report of shots fired just after 6 p.m. in the area of 35th Street and S. Chicago Avenue, several blocks north of the George Floyd memorial site.Officers arrived to find the boy suffering from at least one gunshot wound and started CPR, according to police and scanner traffic reports.He was taken to a...

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Body found in wreckage of pawnshop burned during George Floyd unrest

Body found in wreckage of pawnshop burned during George Floyd unrest

More from the HomepageTip led to search, months after building was set ablaze during riots. By Star TribunemoreAuthorities found the charred body of a man in the wreckage of a south Minneapolis pawnshop, nearly two months after the building was torched in the rioting that followed George Floyd’s death.Investigators from the Minneapolis Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the state fire marshal’s division were acting on a tip when they discovered the body Monday morning in the rubble of Max It Pawn, at 2726 E. Lake St., according to Police Department...

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Cost of deep cutbacks for Minneapolis police comes into sharp view

Cost of deep cutbacks for Minneapolis police comes into sharp view

More from the HomepageOfficials are considering scaling back or disbanding the procedural justice and community engagement units, as well as the Police Activities League program to preserve responding to 911 calls. By Star TribunemoreStung by budget constraints and growing calls for reimagining public safety since the killing of George Floyd, Minneapolis police officials are considering sharp cutbacks to popular community-oriented programs like the Police Activities League and procedural justice to avoid making cuts elsewhere.At the same time, the department is facing staffing pressures....

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Troubled south Minneapolis block renews calls for help from police, City Hall

Troubled south Minneapolis block renews calls for help from police, City Hall

More from the HomepageFor some, the blocks' troubles reflect the complexity of the current debate around policing. By Star TribunemoreUntil recently, Iglan Ahmed hadn’t seriously considered moving from the 2900 block of S. 18th Avenue.But when a 12-year-old boy shoved a handgun in her face during a robbery attempt outside of her south Minneapolis home, the mother of eight decided that she’d had enough.“I’m scared for my life,” Ahmed said of the troubled block just north of Lake Street, which she says had turned into a haven for drug dealing and prostitution. “If no one is doing anything,...

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In Minneapolis, violent streak continues with 9 people shot, a pregnant woman and a 17-year-old boy among them

In Minneapolis, violent streak continues with 9 people shot, a pregnant woman and a 17-year-old boy among them

More from the HomepageNo arrests were immediately announced in any of the shootings. By Star TribunemoreMinneapolis’s streak of violence continued Thursday into Friday with one person killed and eight injured in shootings across the city, including a possibly pregnant woman and a 17-year-old boy who was struck three times, officials said.In the most recent shooting, officials say a man in his mid-20s was gunned down in a shooting near Farview Park that also left a woman critically wounded. MPD spokesman John Elder said that officers responding to a ShotSpotter activation about 12:34 a.m....

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Seven Minneapolis police officers resign after George Floyd protests, citing lack of support from city leaders

Seven Minneapolis police officers resign after George Floyd protests, citing lack of support from city leaders

More from the HomepageByandStar Tribune staffmoreAt least seven Minneapolis police officers have resigned from the department since widespread unrest began over the death of George Floyd last month, and more than half a dozen are in the process of leaving, according to department officials.The departures, an unusually large exodus, come amid a growing crisis for the state’s largest police force, with a state human rights investigation underway, calls for defunding, and even disbandment.Morale has sunk to new lows in recent weeks, say department insiders, as officers reported feeling...

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Minneapolis' Third Precinct served as 'playground' for renegade cops

Minneapolis' Third Precinct served as 'playground' for renegade cops

More from the HomepageEven before George Floyd was killed, the south Minneapolis precinct had a reputation for being home to police officers who played by their own rules. ByandStar TribunemoreLong before former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck, the Third Precinct in south Minneapolis had a reputation for being home to police officers who played by their own rules.One officer kicked a handcuffed suspect in the face, leaving his jaw in pieces. Officers beat and pistol-whipped a suspect in a parking lot on suspicion of low-level drug charges. Others harassed residents of a...

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Minneapolis police discover 1,700 untested rape kits spanning 30 years

Minneapolis police discover 1,700 untested rape kits spanning 30 years

More from the HomepageSome date to 1990s; the number far surpasses the 194 reported in a 2015 audit. By Star TribunemoreAn internal review of sexual assault cases in Minneapolis turned up an estimated 1,700 untested rape kits from as far back as the 1990s — a backlog that officials say could take at least two years to clear.The startling revelation was announced at a City Hall news conference Friday, during which department officials announced plans to hire three additional analysts to help process the forensic evidence kits.The latest count far surpasses the 194 untested kits reported...

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KSTP anchor hurt in 'random' assault at downtown Minneapolis light rail station

KSTP anchor hurt in 'random' assault at downtown Minneapolis light rail station

More from the HomepageMetro Transit police have taken over the investigation. By Star TribunemoreA KSTP-TV anchor was injured in a random and unprovoked assault at a downtown Minneapolis light rail station on Tuesday.Midday anchor Matt Belanger was struck near the eye with a rock or brick, then treated and released at a nearby hospital after the 9 a.m. attack at the Nicollet Mall light rail stop, according to KSTP News Director Kirk Varner. Belanger was wearing a blazer and it does not appear he was assaulted because he is a journalist.“The guy was just walking past him, he said nobody else...

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