Whatever happened to the downtown Minneapolis mobs that beat people senselessly?

Categories: Crime, Police
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McCarty said increased downtown patrols will continue indefinitely.
The media tells you about bad things when they happen, but oftentimes you don't hear from us when they stop happening.

With that observation in mind, this morning we phoned Sergeant Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department to get his take on why the string of mob beatings that rocked downtown Minneapolis between early February 3 and March 31 has seemingly come to an end.

During that period, seven sudden, random downtown mob attacks were reported to police, some resulting in life-changing injuries to victims. Other beatings reportedly occurred without police being notified. But since then? It's been all quiet on the Nicollet Mall front.

Of course, since March 31, there's been no shortage of violence downtown, but there haven't been attacks featuring the hallmarks of the Minneapolis Mobs. Those attacks characteristically involved a small group breaking off from a larger group of young people, with the small group blitzkrieging unsuspecting victims with punches and kicks before fleeing on foot.

McCarty confirmed that police don't believe there have been any assaults connected with the Minneapolis Mobs since the beginning of April. He said he doesn't know of any additional arrests being made in connection with the assaults that took place in February and March, but instead attributed the end of the mob's (or mobs') reign of terror to police's increased vigilance and pedestrians' greater awareness of their surroundings.

Early last month, police announced they'd be increasing nighttime patrols downtown in hopes of preventing another mob attack, and thus far, it appears that effort has paid off.
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Nicollet Mall, site of four mob attacks, was a much safer place in April than it was in February or March.

"We've increased patrols and undercover officers, and we're working closely with security guards," McCarty said. In particular, police have been working to "get curfew violators off the streets."

Minneapolis police have also been making an effort to interface with security guards working at private businesses downtown.

"We have a radio system that [guards] are tied into, they hear calls that we hear -- 'there's a suspect running around,'" McCarty said.

Of course, with most of the assailants still on the loose -- to the best of McCarty's knowledge, police have still only arrested one adult and several juveniles in connection with the attacks, some of which reportedly involved as many as 20 suspects -- it's too soon to conclude that the Minneapolis Mobs are gone for good. But in this case, a month of no news is definitely good news.

Previous coverage:
-- Minneapolis mob beatings: Couple describes Seventh and Marquette attack, first of two there that night
-- Minneapolis mob beatings: With downtown on edge, police increase patrols [MAP]
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim details "sudden" attack on Saturday night, March 31
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Police want earlier downtown curfew
-- Minneapolis flash mob beatings: Victim's mother details St. Patrick's Day attack
-- Downtown Minneapolis rocked by six violent "flash mob" attacks during last two months


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Kyle Rogers
Kyle Rogers

They still won't admit that these were racially motivated hate crimes.

Kate
Kate

To Brian and Leroy:Wonderful discussion.  On Leroy's point, discriminating against one doesn't justify discriminating against another.  It didnt work when Affirmative Action put blacks into colleges that didnt earn their spots in, they dropped out, but I'm still not sure it was the wrong thing to do, but neither is it right white kids have so much trouble getting scholarships when their parents are poor and they fought for the country as many blacks so nobly did also.  We have to find a larger lens, quit blaming, quit justifying all forms of discrimination, including at application levels to jobs, Universities, etc.  Until we level the playing field, nobody will believe we all deserve a chance and earned it and we should be able to earn it and if you don't earn it, you're not likely prepared.  We can make this happen, but we have to try to alleviate some inequities and violence and social poverty are huge inequities.  I grew up waaaay poor and white and being hit and hungry and my childhood sucked and I had children young, got married as a result, have stayed married and put myself through college and still have a salary that is unstable and sucks, but my husband has done better, we got a 2 year degree.  I say we because we got my 4 year too (and still owe a bit for it).  Nothing was ever easy.  I'm angry about my neighbor that's black and up all night and I believe is engaged in drugs.  The police don't care about what anybody can't prove.  I had a wonderful black neighbor who was a teacher and he moved a way for  a job, I think he was lucky.  Help these kids learn to read like Brian, live determined to live right, with whatever your conviction like Leroy; that's America.  If you try you can overcome shit and it doesnt mean your life is easy, but you're trying and you're not part of the problem and that's important.  Don't blame everyone for the faults of some, but don't discriminate against anybody - Martin Luther King Jr. said they are superior who have the best heart, the best brain, work toward yours and encourage others to do the same.  Maybe it's all we can do.  I believe everybody wants a shot, even those who can't take it and get shot, but the shooter, screw him, he's a mad coward "full of fury, signifying nothing" and we must lock him up, regardless his color. 

Brian
Brian

Leroy, regarding your last post, absolutely not. But, the generality of your anecdote leaves out much that should also be considered. But, that is something that should be fixed. Also, it does not address the larger issue. And, slavery is the catalyst and one part of the problem. Most countries are dealing with the effects of history. So, to be general, since we only seem to want to speak on those terms: it is complicated.

But, it appears you are hanging onto a lot of baggage from that. Let it go. Blaming an entire segment of society for policies they didn't write won't work.

You would do well to speak constructively about the issues raised here rather than shaking your finger at Liberals and the black community simply because it makes you feel better about yourself. They are issues that are worth discussing.

Philcat
Philcat

If you are provided food - shelter - clothes - for menial work, that's not slavery.That's a good job.Not one presently can prove otherwise.**It doesn't work that well now having to provide your own food - shelter - clothes.That's just normal duty privilege working as a A&P trainee for 5 years.

Kimhkk
Kimhkk

It's about too much entitlement to blacks in this country and they progressively get worse with no hope of any type of success. just send them back to africa

Jksmitts11
Jksmitts11

How come the word "youths" is now code for young African American males in CP and Strib?

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

I suppose that they can't afford to get the bus into the city is my guess.  They will spring up else where and justify their black history and why they should all be owed a free pass as well as lifetime supply of benefits.

Guest
Guest

What gives? There hasn't been any good material for fear-mongering. Guess everyone will have to be scared for even less reason now.

Asdf
Asdf

What the hell is going on with this city? I love this place but I am seriously starting to fear it.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Kyle Rogers There's no such thing as bad black people. Racist.

christopheanderson
christopheanderson

@Kate You're wrong. I'm sorry things have been rough for you, but you are not only one person. We wouldn't need affirmative action if the system didn't lock groups out for how long?There are too many positive stories from collage grads to even comment further on this. By the way Affirmative Action is for women too.

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 It would be wise for those who think they are entitled to anything without contributing to peace, to think otherwise.  African's were the one of the first cultures to enslave black people - yet they fail to point that out and comprehend it.

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 They would not go back because as Marcus Garvey preached - because they would be enslaved and force to work.

Brian
Brian

Really? Are you referring to all black people? Just a percentage? Your comments are kind of simpleminded aren't they? 

Now, think of it this way: how can anything improve supposing that a disproportionate amount of white people think the way you do? Now, I can't prove what I have said, but neither can you. 

But, if you try a little harder and put a person of any race in situation where there is poverty, violence, and a general instability regarding the most basic needs and you get just the person you want to send back to Africa. 

Just try thinking. It might be hard at first but like lifting weights it gets easier over time.

richard garyson
richard garyson

 They do the same thing in the UK when referring to young Muslim thugs. Sometimes they even call them lads. I remember a month or so ago, the Star (and crescent) Tribune referred to a flash mob as: one group of youths attacking another group of youths. As if random whites point to a much larger group of black "youths" and say "you think we can take 'em." The irony is that the intent of the obfuscation is to prevent further racial animosity on the part of whites towards blacks. However, all it does is further enforce and validate such animosity, not only towards criminal blacks, but towards their MSM enablers.

Unfortunately, I only see the situation getting worse. These sorts of attacks are only going to increase, and eventually result in turning even more parts of the Twin Cities into no-go zones. The law needs to viciously prosecute these criminals. They need to be publicly exposed, shamed, and condemned - and the same goes to those who stand with them or come up with justifications for their anti-social behavior.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

 What lifetime supply of benefits?  Unless you think veterans shouldn't get treatment from the VA, or people over 65 shouldn't get Medicare or Social Security?

The only people getting any undeserved free rides that I see are the banksters that got bailed out and are now richer than before thanks to my and your tax dollars filling their ledgers.  Unlike GM, they don't contribute to society, but are very good at taking from it.

Brian
Brian

While i understand the anger, I have to say that I am very amused at the amount of vitriol you put into this. I suppose it must be very cathartic when the complexities of the world cause nothing but never-ending confusion for you. 

But, seriously, try to get over yourself. If you don't like it, work to fix it. It sounds like you've convinced yourself you have all of the answers. Anonymous trolling won't fix anything. 

me
me

Your a Fucking idiot!

webcelt
webcelt

You did catch that the article is about how it's become safer, not more dangerous, right?

Asdf-WTF
Asdf-WTF

 Why would you fear this city?  This is one of the safest cites in the country.  I think you're just afraid to go outside at this point.  I live downtown and not once have I ever felt even remotely uncertain about my safety ever. 

Research
Research

Too many idiots everywhere.  It's not about poor or "oppressed" people.  It's comes down to people being idiots and really not caring about anything.  How can that change?  I think some parents are getting lazy and letting kids be raised by other kids.  Who knows

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Well, Brian, since you are so highly superior to us in terms of intellectualism, what is your solution to this obvious black problem that have here in America?  More "social" programs?  More "peace marches"?  More Welfare?  What is YOUR solution?  I really want to know...... 

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 I doubt it is just the bankers - let's face it - it also includes all the mobs that go around creating violence to people who are innocent and minding their own business.  We shall see how you feel once you get shot by a gang banger, or that one of your family walking down a street is beaten because they didn't respect the black thugs terrorizing downtown.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

 Brian, fear-drenched FOX-watching white megachurch fans and exurbanites like Jonny are why I refer to that particular set of folks as "the religio-racist right".  They are the prime targets of the Republican Party's long-standing "Southern Strategy" policy, as outlined by Reagan strategist Lee Atwater, wherein big business caters to bigotry as a way to get white working-class guys to vote against their own economic interests by cutting taxes (especially those of the rich and big businesses) in order hurt social programs thought to benefit nonwhites.  (This way, bigots get to cloak their bigotry in the language of economics and "fiscal responsibility".) 

Here's how Atwater explained it in 1981:

''You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Ni--er, ni--er, ni--er.' By 1968 you can't say 'ni--er' -- that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

''And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me -- because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Ni--er, ni--er.'''

Phallocrat
Phallocrat

If you are going to call someone an idiot, get your spelling right. It should be "you're" a fucking idiot, without the capitalization.

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Jonny:  Just wait until theoko becomes a victim of a flash mob.  All of a sudden she would click "like" on your comment.

Whatevs.
Whatevs.

 Agreed. This city is one of the safest cities in the country. It's ridiculous when a few things happen we blame people who are oppressed and young parents.

jack_sprat
jack_sprat

@Brian Yes, they "tried something". Then, having thereby made things infinitely worse than would have been otherwise, they congratulated one another, before returning to their doormen and their brownstones.

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

So do we just blame slavery on this issue?  And Racism?  Let me tell you my story.  It is a long one, but I want you to hear it.

I am a white guy.  I entered a program to start up a business.  It was funded by the City of Minneapolis. At the time, I had been unemployed for 3 years.  I had bad credit (and I only blame myself for that).  But I thought this might be a way to start my own business.  The majority of the students in the class were in the same situation I was in....except they were black females.  But they were smart, and they all had good business plans. But I was smart too and had an AWESOME business plan. I had spend hours and hours writing this business plan.  My instructor told me it was the best business plan she had ever seen.  Then it was time for the plan to be subjected to the review panel.   My loan application was denied.  I was told flat out that the reason had nothing to do with my business plan, but the fact that I am white.  They only offer loans to those who are "non-white".  Is this fair?   

Brian
Brian

So, does this mean you like the sending them back to Africa solution? 

Well, I don't really have the answer. I'll be honest. But, I can tell from your fear-driven rants that neither do you--certainly not one that is constructive. You are just going to do nothing. At least those people who tried social programs, peace marches, or instituted welfare tried something. But, I agree, some new things need to be tried. However, cutting off welfare isn't going to fix anything no matter how correct and self-righteous it makes you feel. Austerity, which is what I think you are getting at won't work. It's didn't work in the late 1800s, the early 1930s, and it has been a disaster in Red States and southern Europe. Just look at the numbers. 

I suspect it's going to come down to a combination of government intervention with programs that are successful like Head Start and the intervention of thousands of private individuals and not those who merely rant anonymously and because they are afraid and do nothing. 

It's also going to have to require changes in perception. From your writings regarding Bradlee Dean I suspect your are a Christian. Well, if that is the case your ire directed at the "black problem" is very un-Christian. 

I've been self-employed most of my adult life.  But, after many years, when I could afford to do so, I got my license to teach. I work in a city school and teach reading, and I work with students of a variety of backgrounds. But, most are black and male. I'm not going to sugar coat this. Some students are great, many are not. Most are in the middle. In the case of those that are not they usually deal with some serious shit at home: violence, lack of food, poor quality food, sexual abuse, strung out parents, absent parents, FASE, etc. It's not just a black thing. You put anyone in that position and the chances of replicating the results you believe to be merely racial are very good.

We have a problem that is centuries in the making: from slavery, to Jim Crow and Redlining. There is a vast group of people that has been taken from their homeland, stripped of their culture, and then later declared legally inferior. Then when they don't all pull themselves up by their bootstraps immediately or in a generation it's their own fault. It just isn't that simple. But, it sounds like you have precedence for just such a make-over so I wish you would share your secrets. 

Just saying.

ropadope
ropadope

You're funny. You live in a hippie time-warp.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

If you can succesfully explain how more social programs for black people increases their upward mobility, I'd love to hear it.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

 Just wait until Saturn leaves its orbit and pulls the earth away from the Sun.  Just wait until white suburban guys like you stop freaking out whenever you have to sit next to black people on the bus.  Just wait...

JonnyRockstar1234
JonnyRockstar1234

 Oppressed, in what way are they oppressed - are you justifying violence?

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