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Podcast Season 1 – Episode 12 – Part 1

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A discussion about the shooting death of Jamar Clark by North Minneapolis police officers. 

New story on shooting

Police Union statement of Jamar Clark shooting.

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North Minneapolis – Cold Truth and Warm Hope


It’s heating up in Minneapolis. Just last night, another person was murdered in north Minneapolis. The north side has a reputation for violence, gangs, drugs, and murder. Some say it’s overblown, while others refuse to drive through there. With anything, there is nonsense to navigate and profound things to spotlight.

Here is what we know.

The map you see here is a map overlay of the Minneapolis ShotSpotter Shots Fired report. These maps display the locations of shootings, reports of shots fired, and ShotSpotter activation. The site PoliceClips overlaid the last 2 weeks of March through the start of June. It shows north Minneapolis lit like a Christmas tree.

Last night, a man was shot multiple times and died in what was believed to be a drive-by shooting in north Minneapolis. The shooting was the 20th homicide in Minneapolis this year, the majority of which have taken place on the north side. Minneapolis reported at least 32 homicides for the entire year in 2014, so we are on pace to beat that record this year.

Despite the banging, good things are happening in this part of the city. As one resident says in this video, “If you’re gonna be scared, then you’re gonna find something to scare ya. You find what you’re looking for, and if you are looking for trouble, you’ll probably find it.” He goes on to say if you are looking for goodness and your mind is open to that, you can find that, too. There is truth and wisdom in those words.

What he doesn’t say is that, just by being in the neighborhood, trouble can also find YOU, even when you are minding your own business. That is the reality.

This video by Filmmakers Josh and Morgan of Chitwood Media shows that residents of north Minneapolis can go beyond hope and take back their city. They own it. I applaud that message and hope it drives more change for the good. They can’t do it without addressing the problems that plague the neighborhood, though. Farmers markets, candlelight vigils, and community gardens won’t stop the killing.

Comments welcome.

Photo Evidence: Minneapolis Police officer caught stealing a young man’s motorcycle

IDK how this isn’t on every news station in Minnesota.

100% undeniable proof a Minneapolis Police officer stole a young man’s vehicle and sole means of transportation. NOT ONLY THAT, but he’s gone on unpunished. SHAME ON YOU MPD!

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Police Need Help Finding This Missing U of MN Student

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this past Friday at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown

Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this past Friday at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown

Minneapolis Police need your help to find a missing University of Minnesota student. Jennifer Houle, 22, was last seen between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this past Friday at Blarney Pub and Grill in Dinkytown. Police say her purse was found three blocks away on the 1100 block of 4th Street Southeast at about 3 a.m.

Houle, from Stillwater, is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and has long blond hair. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, green blouse, black leggings and black boots.

She is a senior studying business at the Carlson School of Management, and is set to graduate this spring. Houle is also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, which is located about three blocks away from Blarney Pub and about a block away from where her purse was found.

Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said investigators were working on several theories. He said that cutting off contact after an evening out with friends was not consistent with Houle’s typical behavior.

According to Houle’s Facebook account, she also planned to attend a Women in Business Gala at the McNamara Alumni Center on Thursday, an event that was scheduled to run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is urged to call 911, the Minneapolis Police tipline at 612-692-TIPS (8477), or send a text to 847 411 (tip 411) then enter MPD and the tip.

BREAKING 3/30/2015: Minneapolis police are now saying video evidence was located that indicates Ms. Houle “entered the river from the 10th Avenue Bridge” on Friday morning and was alone when she went over the bridge and into the water. No body has been recovered. Authorities did not call this a suicide or an accident.

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Betsy Hodges and Signs of Anarchy

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Who’s in?

Minneapolis police recruitment poster from 1961.

Minneapolis police recruitment poster from 1961.

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