Concurrent sentencing renders someone’s life meaningless
In 2008, Brian Flowers, a month shy of 17, participated with another juvenile male in the brutal murders of Katricia Daniels and her 10-year-old son Robert Shepard in their North…
On Friday evening the son of a former metro area police chief was violently assaulted and hospitalized during a robbery of his cell phone in downtown Minneapolis. The chief posted some thoughts and observations of our current state of public safety. Here is an excerpt that deserves our attention:
Minneapolis is down hundreds of officers and the few that remain do not feel supported to do their jobs in a politically volatile situation. The few dozen state officers (BCA and State Troopers) are good cops and are trying to help but are a token substitute for what is missing.
Like many of you, this was not personal until I watched my son trying to breath, his jaw broken, his brain swollen and bleeding, us wondering what long term effects he would have, because he tried to hold onto his phone.
If people tell you Downtown MPLS is safe they are lying or incredibly uninformed. If you blame my son for being downtown on a Friday night I invite you to think about how this was not a question 5 years ago.
If you hear that the state is effectively supplementing the MPD, it’s an exaggeration and ineffective.
Please don’t let politics get in the way of addressing violence and repeat criminals; we have to restore our state and it’s urban core to a place where people are safe and there is a sense of justice. I only hope that my son and his generation live to see this come true, and that at some point we wake up and address the realities that will help us get there.
In case anyone believes the crime problem is being exaggerated, I’ve parsed out just a few examples of activity from this past weekend as reported through various crime watch twitter services. Crime and violence is not contained to just Minneapolis or St. Paul.
Friday July 22nd
Saturday July 23
Sunday July 24th
Monday July 25, early AM
Things are not well in Minnesota at the moment. The efforts to undermine public safety and excuse criminal behavior have seriously deteriorated the our collective livability.
Have we learned from our mistakes?
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