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Ferguson staggering to bounced back, it looks like Minniapolis is not going to either.



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Minneapolis neighborhood that vowed not to call police in wake of Floyd death is already being tested by 300-strong homeless encampment

Danielle Wallace
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A predominately white, progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd is now dealing with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park, according to reports.

Traffic has reportedly increased in the neighborhood around Powderhorn Park, as drug dealers seek to meet their clientele displaced during the civil unrest, rioting and looting following Floyd’s death at the end of May. At least one person overdosed inside the park and was brought out by an ambulance. Prostitution has also been reported in the area.

Residents though have agreed to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not involving law enforcement to report instances of property damage, according to the New York Times.

If anyone is put in physical danger, they instead vowed to seek help from the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality against Native Americans and has been policing their own communities for years.

Keeping the promise not to call the police has proven more difficult than imagined, as some residents have avoided the park altogether after being catcalled and are fearing for their children’s safety. Others said they had trouble sleeping at night, fearing campers would force their way into their homes.

“I’m not being judgmental,” Carrie Nightshade, 44, told the Times, explaining she no longer allows her children, 12 and 9, to play in the park by themselves. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.

Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, said he regretted calling 91

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“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”

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The board has put in place more than a dozen portable restrooms, a shower trailer, trash bins and running water and electricity in Powderhorn Park. Volunteers alternate in shifts to distribute food and supplies, offer medical care and counseling and patrol the park at night to ensure safety. Residents have also requested a block party permit to limit some traffic to the park, according to the Times.

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For Minneapolis restaurants and small businesses, a summer of ‘escalating’ break-ins and robberies

Left: Wienery owner Pat Starr sweeps up. Right: The scene at the Lowbrow after a late-night break-in last week.

Left: Wienery owner Pat Starr sweeps up. Right: The scene at the Lowbrow after a late-night break-in last week.Facebook

On September 1, Lowbrow owner Heather Bray called her handyman about boarding up a window that had been smashed in an attempted robbery the previous night.

He told her he’d head that way… just as soon as he finished boarding up Sisters’ Sludge, which had also been broken into—hours before the Lowbrow was.

Over at the Wienery on the West Bank, a “disheartened” staff closed shop last Thursday after they were robbed twice in the span of a week. When owner Pat Starr called a window repair guy, he learned he’d just finished boarding up windows at the Hard Times.

“I was joking, if he needs some business, he should just come down Cedar Avenue,” Starr chuckles.

A certain amount of liability comes with owning a business in the city. Scott Meyer, who co-owns and bar manages Sisters’ Sludge, says the place has been broken into so many times over the past 23 years it really doesn’t affect them all that much. At least this time, they didn't get anything, and they didn't bust up the shop.

Even still, he says, “We are getting very concerned about the uptick in crime in the area.” Last month a customer left the coffee shop/wine bar and was mugged less than a block away, and the staff is increasingly worried about being robbed at gunpoint. Owners recently emailed John Baumann, a Minneapolis Police Department crime prevention specialist for the Third Precinct, asking about the recent trend in the area, and have yet to get a response.

(CP also reached out to Baumann and received an auto-reply that he’s out through September 14.)

Not everyone has been so lucky. Less than a mile from Sisters’ Sludge at A Baker’s Wife—the old-school pastry spot at the corner of 42nd Street and 28th Avenue—Olga Shogren says the neighborhood has seen a series of robberies. She guesses A Baker’s Wife was the third or fourth business to get hit earlier this summer.

“We were robbed right before closing,” Shogren says. “There were four individuals who came in and went to the back and made themselves at home, punched one of our guys in the face and took the money and ran.”

She guesses it’s the same group of kids, and she says they’re getting bolder: “It’s escalating, kind of … the crime is going up for sure. I’m just thankful that nobody got hurt in a terrible way, but it was a very traumatic experience for our kids, for the guys that work nights. What do you do?”

Business owners don’t really know, other than to keep showing up. “After the riots and everything it’s like, hey, at least we’re not burnt to the ground,” says Starr at the Wienery. Yes, it’s annoying and expensive to replace the stolen phones; yes, he’s bummed about spending hundreds of bucks to replace the panes of glass.

But mostly, he hates having wood over the windows. The West Bank has felt different lately, abandoned. Until recently there’s been no Hard Times, no Palmer’s, no Wienery. “It was really fun to get that going again. It just kind of hurts when you get hit like that.”

Like other business owners, he empathizes with the folks doing the smashing. Video footage from the Lowbrow showed a child—Bray’s best guess is the kid is around 10 years old—with an older person in their teens or early 20s.

“We went from feeling angry to like… this is just a tragedy,” she says. “That somebody is using a child to get into a space and look for money. It just breaks your heart.”

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https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-bars-restaurants-50-50-on-covid-19-compliance/572361122/



Minnesota bars, restaurants 50-50 in COVID-19 compliance sweep

State has linked 1,200 infections to outbreaks in public gathering spots.

By Jeremy Olson Star Tribune

September 10, 2020 — 9:05am



Musician Matt Browne, hired by Spiral Brewery, performed on a closed downtown street in Hastings, where about 10 restaurants feature patio dining.Text size

Nearly half of 167 bars and restaurants were found out of compliance with COVID-19 safety requirements during recent spot visits by state inspectors, but Minnesota health leaders said most violations were minor and commended the industry for its efforts amid a financially crippling pandemic.

The findings Wednesday were the result of increased enforcement due to the number of COVID-19 outbreaks traced back to bars and restaurants, and to large gatherings.

Sixty-six bars and restaurants have been identified as having COVID-19 outbreaks — with the Minnesota Department of Health publicly naming 38 that were the likely sources of clusters of at least seven infections.

"We know the past six months have been tough for Minnesota's bars and restaurants and we also know that if proper precautions are not followed in these settings, the result can be accelerated spread of COVID-19 in the community," said Jan Malcolm, state health commissioner.

Minnesota has reported 1,869 COVID-19 deaths and 81,868 lab-confirmed infections with the coronavirus that causes the infectious disease.

Contact tracing and investigations linked roughly 1,200 infections to identified outbreaks in bars and restaurants — with secondary cases spawning when infected patrons carried the virus to other locations, including long-term care and educational facilities.

"Those cases have seeded a number of additional situations," said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director.

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Nah, we gather here and there is no outbreak

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Minneapolis city councilors: Residents are feeling 'terrorized,' say police 'nowhere to be seen'
Justine Coleman 27 mins ago

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Minneapolis city councilors told the city police chief on Tuesday that their residents are feeling "terrorized" and say police are "nowhere to be seen" months after the police killing of George Floyd set off protests against police brutality.

The Minneapolis City Council called on Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to address constituents' reports of increased street racing, carjacking, robberies, assaults and shootings.

The meeting this week came months after the city council unanimously voted to amend the city's charter to allow the city police department to be dismantled. The proposal, which would need to be voted on as a ballot measure, would replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, "which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach."

During the two-hour meeting, several council members, including Council President Lisa Bender, said residents have complained that officers on the ground said they will not enforce crime or make arrests...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/minneapolis-city-councilors-residents-are-feeling-terrorized-say-police-nowhere-to-be-seen/ar-BB196RfU?ocid=ientp




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Minneapolis city councilors: Residents are feeling 'terrorized,' say police 'nowhere to be seen'
Justine Coleman 27 mins ago

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Minneapolis city councilors told the city police chief on Tuesday that their residents are feeling "terrorized" and say police are "nowhere to be seen" months after the police killing of George Floyd set off protests against police brutality.

The Minneapolis City Council called on Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to address constituents' reports of increased street racing, carjacking, robberies, assaults and shootings.

The meeting this week came months after the city council unanimously voted to amend the city's charter to allow the city police department to be dismantled. The proposal, which would need to be voted on as a ballot measure, would replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, "which will have responsibility for public safety services prioritizing a holistic, public health-oriented approach."

During the two-hour meeting, several council members, including Council President Lisa Bender, said residents have complained that officers on the ground said they will not enforce crime or make arrests...

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/minneapolis-city-councilors-residents-are-feeling-terrorized-say-police-nowhere-to-be-seen/ar-BB196RfU?ocid=ientp




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Deplorable. This is why the police need to be replaced. How dare they cease to serve and protect just because there is a proposal to reform the police that cannot come into effect until it is voted on in a ballot. For the police to hold a city to ransom is criminal.

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I happen to have family in Minneapolis - They are fine and their biggest issue is their office recently shut, so they are working from home. This is not because of any protests - these had no serious impact on businesses. It is not because of the riots - these had more effect on some. It is not because the city's police force are refusing to serve and protect. The office was shut because of Covid19.

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Minneapolis neighborhood that vowed not to call police in wake of Floyd death is already being tested by 300-strong homeless encampment

Danielle Wallace
7 hrs ago

A predominately white, progressive Minneapolis neighborhood that pledged not to call the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd is now dealing with a 300-strong homeless encampment in a local park, according to reports.

Traffic has reportedly increased in the neighborhood around Powderhorn Park, as drug dealers seek to meet their clientele displaced during the civil unrest, rioting and looting following Floyd’s death at the end of May. At least one person overdosed inside the park and was brought out by an ambulance. Prostitution has also been reported in the area.

Residents though have agreed to “check their privilege” and “protect people of color” by not involving law enforcement to report instances of property damage, according to the New York Times.

If anyone is put in physical danger, they instead vowed to seek help from the American Indian Movement, which was founded in Minneapolis in 1968 to address systemic issues of poverty and police brutality against Native Americans and has been policing their own communities for years.

Keeping the promise not to call the police has proven more difficult than imagined, as some residents have avoided the park altogether after being catcalled and are fearing for their children’s safety. Others said they had trouble sleeping at night, fearing campers would force their way into their homes.

“I’m not being judgmental,” Carrie Nightshade, 44, told the Times, explaining she no longer allows her children, 12 and 9, to play in the park by themselves. “It’s not personal. It’s just not safe.

Another resident, Mitchell Erickson, said he regretted calling 91

1 when two black teenagers cornered him a block away from his home, held a gun to his chest and demanded his car keys. Erickson said he mistakenly handed over his house keys, and the frustrated teens left him only to steal another car a few blocks away.

“Been thinking more about it,” Erickson said in a text message to a reporter. “I regret calling the police. It was my instinct but I wish it hadn’t been. I put those boys in danger of death by calling the cops.”

“Yeah I know and yeah it was scary but the cops didn’t really have much to add after I called them,” he continued. “I haven’t been forced to think like this before. So I would have lost my car. So what? At least no one would have been killed.”

Another neighbor, Joseph Menkevich, who lives in an apartment complex two blocks from the park, said he first called a community activist, who did not pick up the phone, before dialing 911 after finding a black man with a hospital bracelet passed out in the elevator of his building.

“It didn’t resolve in a way that I had hoped,” Menkevich said. “All they did was offer to bring him back to the hospital. He refused, so they kicked him out on a rainy night.”

Black Lives Matter has advocated defunding the police since Floyd’s death.

A march is scheduled in Powderhorn Park on Friday to demand the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky., be arrested, according to a Facebook event. More than 1,300 responded to say they planned to attend.

Residents in the neighborhood historically known for its far-left politics a

nd activism intervened last week when park police gave campers 72 hours to dismantle their tents and leave. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has since passed a resolution not to evict people from any city park and has called for increased funding for longer-term housing for campers, according to the Star Tribune.

“We are not going to kick the can down the road, push people out of public spaces when they have nowhere else to go,” Park Board President Jono Cowgill told the Tribune. “This is not a sustainable, dignified solution for folks who are experiencing homelessness right now, and the state needs to step up.”

The board has put in place more than a dozen portable restrooms, a shower trailer, trash bins and running water and electricity in Powderhorn Park. Volunteers alternate in shifts to distribute food and supplies, offer medical care and counseling and patrol the park at night to ensure safety. Residents have also requested a block party permit to limit some traffic to the park, according to the Times.

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