Barb Johnson says Mpls officials developing murder scene cleanup protocol

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The photo at the top of this post of blood stains still covering the 3700 block of Girard Avenue North on Monday, four days after a man was murdered there, is prompting city officials to engage with a rather unpleasant topic -- how murder scenes should be cleaned up.

THE BACKSTORY: North Minneapolis street still red with blood four days after murder

On her Facebook page yesterday, 4th Ward Council Member Barb Johnson said officials "are developing protocols to deal with this tragic circumstance in the future."

Here's her entire post:

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Let's hope whoever has that grisly job has lots of workdays with nothing to do.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.



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Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

In warmer months they'd probably send out a fire truck to hose down the street. I'd suggest officers or FD shoveling the bloody slush in to receptacles to be taken away.

Sizzle Pants Culp
Sizzle Pants Culp

No, in a literal manner they aren't. I work with a lot of Northside clients, and the streets are essentially neglected. Like the plow hasn't touched the snow.

jkugel04
jkugel04

2009 WASTE AND MEDICAL DEBRIS USED AT CRIME SCENES AND TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS (04/22/09)

MPD employees are responsible for removing any non-biohazard items at a crime scene or traffic accident. This includes properly disposing of rubber gloves and crime scene tape.

Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) personnel are responsible for removing any medical debris, blood and other bodily fluids from a crime scene, traffic accident, or in public places such as sidewalks and streets, and decontaminating the area.

The MPD on- scene supervisor or senior officer may request MFD Personnel to leave the crime scene/accident scene intact during a prolonged investigation of the crime/accident scene.

The MPD on-scene supervisor or senior officer shall contact the MFD via MECC to make necessary arrangements for calling MFD personnel back to the scene to remove medical debris, blood, or body fluids upon completion of the investigation.

A police officer shall remain on the scene for security purposes until MFD personnel completely remove the medical debris, blood or body fluids.

That is the policy in place... How about disciplinary action on the people that didn't do their job in the first place.

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

It's not like Murderapolis hasn't had the "need" for a proper way to clean up scene of a shooting but what takes them 50 years to figure one out?

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

The city is finally cleaning up the Northside.

nate189
nate189

It's suppsed to be done by the fire dept but even then it's not done properly most of the time. Winter makes the job more difficult but it does not mean just leave it be, biohazard removal is serious business. 

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

So... in the past they let the rain wash it away or snow cover it when they are finished? I can only assume that since there was no protocol...

Whitney Joan
Whitney Joan

So what, before now they never had a clean up protocol in place?? How have they been cleaning up after murder scenes before now?? Or any crime scene for that matter? Get out a shovel and remove the snow that way...it's not rocket science.

Melissa Carter
Melissa Carter

Nothing says merry christmas better than blood born pathogens!

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

They didn't have one already? That's kind of crazy.

Enid Lola Cherry Archer
Enid Lola Cherry Archer

Gross. Isn't that considered a health violation? Not to mention that no one wants to see that and be reminded of murder and loss.

Zachary Malecha
Zachary Malecha

Wait, there ISN'T crime scene cleanup protocol in place now???

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

this is easily the stupidest response I've seen yet.  This woman is honestly suggesting they don't have anything in place for cleaning up murder scenes. You're trying to tell me that all of the officials involved in this never once suggested to clean it up?! 


And blaming the weather? seriously.. It's not like snow is a new thing...

Donny Braaten
Donny Braaten

Here's a thought.... Plow the friggin side streets!!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I have a suggestion for a protocol for cleaning up murder scenes.  

"Clean up murder scenes."

How's that?

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

Now that's funny..........in several ways but I know where your coming from.

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