"Until we let cops be cops again, until we practice broken window policing again, until we use the hated 'stop and frisk' again, until we have sentencing with some teeth in it again, get used to it."
Big blaring headlines in the paper today. "17 shot in 5 days of metro mayhem". I thought for a minute I was reading the Chicago Tribune rather than the Star Tribune from Minneapolis. But alas and alack - it was the home town newspaper. It seems the current trend of shooting people for the hell of it in the hood is really catching on here in the City of Lakes. And why not? We have protected hoodlums and vilified the police. You know - kind of like what has happened in Chicago years ago. And now Chicago is more dangerous than a war zone.
I kind of feel sorry for the chamber of commerce in Minneapolis. First they have been yipping about the burdensome non-business friendly regulations that the Minneapolis City Clown-cell has imposed on them. Then the shooting gallery. They had the audacity to tell the starry eyed Mayor that her city was no longer safe. That the out of control crime was driving away visitors. Betsy as much as said shut up and sit down - we have to get ready for the Super Bowl this winter. And a good time will be had by all.
The Cedar Riverside part of town is now known to many as Little Mogadishu. Why? It is the hub of chain migration in the Twin Cities. There are times when driving through that area is truly like being overseas. Well Little Mogadishu - we would like to introduce to you to the developing Little Chicago. It lies a tad north of you, and is located up by Lowry Avenue. Or as some like to call that area, the near north side.
For you folks in Little Mogadishu who were fleeing a war zone, guess what? You have landed in another one. Only this one is not controlled by ISIS or the Taliban. This one is controlled by our out of control drug culture and the gangs who benefit from the proceeds. How bad is it? One of the people shot was a female who was just stopped at a traffic light. Some thugs rolled up next to her and opened up with gunfire. Why can't the cops do something to stem this senseless violence? Because the city leaders have insisted on the evisceration of their authority.
Some developers are thinking about pouring scads of money into the old Dayton's building and making it into a "destination location". Good luck with that one. By the way developers - check out the bus stops close to your location. Only the bravest of the brave dare visit one of them. The "Minneapolis Miracle" is rapidly becoming the "Minneapolis Mirage".
Until we let cops be cops again, until we practice broken window policing again, until we use the hated "stop and frisk" again, until we have sentencing with some teeth in it again, get used to it. All I can say to the subjects who live in the once lovely city of Minneapolis is the old familiar saying - we get the government we deserve. Remember that next month when you vote for more of the same.