'I hope it's not my family that gets killed'

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 30, 2012 - 11:55 PM

A generation of kids on the North Side is growing up surrounded by violence.

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jhb8426Jul. 1, 1212:07 AM

'I hope it's not my family that gets killed' Hmmmm, NO. I hope nobody's family gets killed.

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jaynedrakeJul. 1, 1212:11 AM

Too often, families and individuals from Chicago and other places are bringing their violence with them. Combining that is our home-grown violence. To add to this, so many people in these high- crime communities know who are the bad ones. Quit protecting them, the rest of you. To quell this violence, what is needed is massive force brought into these communities, staying there day and night. All of you decent people in these communities need to demand this from Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota. A dusk to dawn curfew also. Then crime would drop.

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mrnice50Jul. 1, 12 7:43 AM

To quell this violence, what is needed is massive force brought into these communities, staying there day and night. All of you decent people in these communities need to demand this from Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota. A dusk to dawn curfew also. Then crime would drop..... It would just go else where.....

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wndwmkrJul. 1, 12 8:05 AM

I blame the mayor. Clean up the drug flow. Put the emphasis and money to crack down on it locally. The heck with building a stadium and do what you are supposed to do Mayor!!

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infocusJul. 1, 12 8:05 AM

Lack of police presence...pure and simple! If this happened in Edina or Wayzata it would be a state emergency. In North Mpls, the police show up for crimes committed...they are no where to prevent crime from occurring in the first place!

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gkaelin30Jul. 1, 12 8:19 AM

The State, city, and police can only do so much. The public expenditure in north is way over what the tax revenue is from north. This is a community problem that has to be solved with the participation of the community. A good start in my opinion is more families with both parents present and involved.

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pantherhawkJul. 1, 12 8:22 AM

Please do not bring your "troubles" to my suburban neighborhood!

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lancairJul. 1, 12 8:32 AM

Instead of the horrible situation of what we are seeing in this recession, we need growth, opportunity, a hope that the future will get better. The nation is in a funk economically and is getting worse. You need jobs in Mn, we need jobs in bankrupt Illinois. We need people who will put their money at risk to offer jobs. Then many in the north side can move on to safer areas of your city and state. No wonder suburbs were invented. I saw a police car drive down the street I lived on once in the 10 years I resided there. Wonder what the number will be come Monday morning for the killings and injured this weekend? Averaging 5-7 dead and 30-40 injured here each weekend.

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uptownbred63Jul. 1, 12 9:49 AM

Don't blame the police or the mayor. The problem is some of the people that live there. Responsibility lies with those that commit the acts of violence. The mayor didn't fire the shots that killed a 6 year old. The cycle of violence will continue until everyone recognizes where the problems come from. Quit blaming others and make people responsible. If you want the police and the mayor to help the neighborhood, quit blaming them for problems that you cause and then won't come forward to help solve. Having babies at 14 and fathers not in the picture play a larger role than the mayor or the police. Poverty is a fixable problem. But... education can't be looked at as the devil. Sacrificing for your kids to have a better life is a tried and true way out. We want all of our neighborhoods to be safer, not just the north side. The south side has some of the same issues and it is because of the people that cause the problems. Not the mayor or the police.

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bluebird227Jul. 1, 12 9:59 AM

Normal is whatever you get used to. Unfortunately for these kids, gunshots and violence are normal. If you dropped my 14-year-old son in north Mpls., he would feel like he was in another world. His friends play baseball; there is no talk of guns.

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