North Minneapolis street still red with blood four days after murder

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North Minneapolis Crime Watch & Information on Facebook
Look closely and you can still see the bloody traces of last Friday's shooting on this north Minneapolis street.
:::: UPDATE :::: Barb Johnson says Mpls officials developing murder scene cleanup protocol

Around 11 p.m. Friday, police responding to a report of a shooting on the 3700 block of Girard Avenue North found the body of 35-year-old St. Paul resident Geray Campbell lying in the street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Four days later, the pool of blood Campbell left behind is still visible on Girard, judging by the photo at the top of this post.

The photo was shared on Facebook by the North Minneapolis Crime Watch, which captioned it thusly: "Man gets murdered at 37XX Girard Ave N. 4 days later, the streets are still covered in blood. Only on the Northside. -D"

According to police, Campbell was shot following a confrontation on the street.

"Some type of altercation occurred and the suspect shot the victim and then fled the scene," the MPD said in a release.

No arrests have been made in connection with the murder.

h/t -- Eric Roper

:::: UPDATE ::::

A post on the North Vent Facebook page describes the city's cleanup effort as follows:
Pathetic - they sent the street dept to clean this up with a bobcat and a bucket of sand and no way to remove the blood soaked mess - the street worker operating the bobcat - stopped - realizing this was way over his head - being he had no way to properly dispose of this mess - he advised me this hazmatt sort of work is the job of the fire dept and is way out of the scope of what he should be doing....
The same person who wrote that post also shared this photo of the Bobcat in action:

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


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InequalityForever
InequalityForever

Celebrate the countless infinite rich vibrant benefits of Divershitty

Heather Kittenheart
Heather Kittenheart

To draw attention to a problem being ignored, Stephanie ? The photo was taken by a resident and shared on the Mpls government page.

vegnation
vegnation

The problem is that it's difficult to convey that two very contradictory things about the Northside are true: (1) Are the scary things that you see in the newspaper true? Yes--and it's actually worse than that, because all that are reported are the homicides, not the "shot in leg" incidents, the animal cruelty incidents, the domestic assaults, the constant break-ins, etc. (2) Is that all there is? No, definitely not--there are a lot of resilient and humorous folks who are closely bonded and fun to hang out with.

Which lifestyle will ultimately prevail? If it weren't for the economic collapse, which rapidly sped up the deterioration of the amazing pre-war housing stock, and if the city bureaucracy (especially the inspections department and the catch and release judiciary, imo) was interested in making the Northside a safe place to live, I think that the scales would be tipping in favor of re-integrating the Northside into the rest of the city. 

This situation isn't an accident--it was created.  A former city council person told me this point blank--that in previous councils, there was a very overt policy of containing crime in Northside neighborhoods in order to keep the rest of the city safe.  But this policy has backfired, creating a permanent criminal underclass, which children can never escape from, because they may grow up never being exposed to other lifestyles AT ALL.  The concentration of poverty creates a closed feedback loop which doesn't just concentrate crime, it causes it to increase exponentially.  And, now we have the added factor of becoming a magnet for thugs from Chicago and Detroit.

I think that a majority of our current city council is more enlightened, and, in theory at least, understands that it is important to reverse the concentration of poverty and crime in the Northside, but it's much harder to reverse decades of city policy than it was to create it.  For one thing, the bureaucracy hasn't caught up to this--they are still peddling the "low community standards" canard as an excuse for creating slum conditions and not holding slumlords to the same standards that they would be held to in other parts of the city. The other aspect is that now there are a lot of people who have grown up in this criminal ecosystem and who are afraid of change, even though it is their own kids being shot in the street (or through the walls of their grandmothers' houses).

findb
findb

The responses to this story are shameful and heartbreaking to many who live and/or have loved ones on the North side. Those of us who called on the media to expose our reality were looking for leaders and people in authority to echo our outrage and enact action and accountability to those who failed us with their incompetence. Judging by all of the comments that were so cowardly and hatefully presented, what we got was apparently our own fault, what we deserve and our responsibility to take care of. It sickens me that so many people are left desensitized by their own privileges and prejudices and have no empathy or respect for a reality outside of their own bubble. Our children went three days, to and from school, exposed to this scene.We did have some concerned neighbors try to remove the bloodshed, but as you can see in the pictures, it took a bobcat to break through the ice. Neighbors dropped salt and ice over it and tried chipping away at it with shovels, without any success.  People here did put aside the "not my problem" thinking in favor of "not one more kid on this block will see this" intentions. The size of this blood spill spans the length of parking space, and it is embedded in layers of ice and snow. To suggest that because we chose to live here that this was our problem to deal with, to even suggest that all we needed was a little bleach water and some effort, shows the ignorance of many.This wasn’t your street, your children on the bus that drove past this for three days.But, I ask you, does it have to be for you to show some damn respect or concern for a community that was treated unfairly? It took a movement of people to get any real help- we talked with 311 operators, public works staff, city commissioners; we contacted the fire department, left messages for the Police Chief, crime prevention specialists, etc. We wanted the public to join with us in demanding answers to why this was allowed to happen and what was going to be done to ensure that the North Side complaints would not continue to fall on tied hands and deaf ears.But, in these comments I’m not hearing those sentiments.No one is asking how the children are doing after being exposed to such a horrific scene that some of you commenters claim is inappropriate for posting on-line even. No one is asking what else needs to be done to hold people accountable.In fact, many of you are intentionally, outright insulting, degrading and debasing the people who have given so much to affect positive changes. You’ve likely not walked a day in our shoes, let alone a block on our streets, but if you did, you would see far more than the stereotypes and what we are narrowly portrayed as.You might then, have empathy for the victims of violence and admiration for the people who work together to push back and make a positive difference here on the Northside. If you think that you are not deserving of street violence because of the choices you made about where you live, where you work and where your children go to school, and that somehow gives you the comfort and advantage to point fingers and blame the people who are trying to make a difference, then I am glad that we do not call ourselves neighbors.These comments are truly disgraceful and speak volumes to the lack of character that often perpetuates crime in our communities.You are in for quite the shock when your own bubble breaks.

Wade Shores
Wade Shores

Nope, the article indicates only on the North side would the crime scene be left not cleaned up. My experience is the crime scene will not be cleaned up anywhere in Minneapolis.

davis.sarah
davis.sarah

They posted this to get exposure to what we have to put up with in North Minneapolis.  This happened 6 blocks from my house, it is unexcuseable that 4 DAYS after this murder happened, there was no indication that the city would come to clean it up.

I live in North, I know amazing wonderful people who also live up here, most of whom I have met through neighborhood activities.  I chose to move here because the housing stock is great and at the time I was looking, 5 years ago, it was very affordable.  I have since come to learn a great deal about my neighborhood, good and bad.  What I have learned is there are great people here and there is a sense of community that I have not found in my 10 previous years of living in other Minneapolis neighborhoods.  My neighbors look out for me and I for them.  

That being said, it is not a utopia or even close.  There are very real problems in this neighborhood, not the least of which is the violent crime rate; however it is also the little crimes that go unchecked that at times make this a very frustrating neighborhood, littering, curfew, speeding, slumlords, etc.  There are great people working their asses off to make this a safer more livable community and while we get lip service from the city and officials, we get very little in actual action.

This blood soaked snow being in the middle of a public street 4 DAYS after a violent crime is just a visual representation of the lack of support we have from the city.  Neighbors are working together up here to make this a better place, imagine what could be done if the city actually started doing something to make this neighborhood work instead of further concentrating poverty and sex offenders in this very real neighborhood.  If this happened in any other area of the city, you know there would have been action, however, the city tends to look at this neighborhood as a dumping ground not worth their attention. 

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

I've spent all of three hours of my life in North (within the last 10 years)... And the one thing I will never forget is that while me and 2 friends were outside smoking, a guy came walking down the street with 2 pitbulls covered in blood... A few months after that incident the person we helped move into the place got jumped on the same street...broken jaw, concussion...bad stuff... That doesn't have much to do with the article, but quit acting like the last ten years has shown the better side of North, Erin

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

You really trying to say Uptown is as violent as North? Really?

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

North Minneapolis was once a thriving Jewish community. What happened?

Matt Schieffer
Matt Schieffer

What are you going to do? Throw some bleach on it or cover it with snow. The streets are already terrible there.

Brittany Nicholas
Brittany Nicholas

North mpls... Where the snow is red with murder victim blood.

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

There ya go bud. :-) Aaaaaaand back to my river monsters marathon on Netflix...

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

.....and you're probably a nice person, not a pit :) Just think about seeing what you could do to help instead of assuming it's hopeless.

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

I agree 100% obviously I don't live there anymore so I wouldn't know what's changing, I'm still just seeing news articles of all the negative things happening.g

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

I'm surprised you "liked" this comment, Chandra. Part of the problem is just writing off communities like these and assuming nothing will get better when, in fact, people are working really hard to try to turn it around and if you look closely enough, really good things are happening. This is why we're targeting the young generations of these communities to help change their trajectory, and lead them towards staying in school to get an education/help make them a productive member of their community. A much better option than getting wrapped up in the streets and this nonsense.

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

it really has no affect on me... I'm sorry so many people need to resort to calling each other names, good lord..

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

Good, then we need more people like you that care. Be as mean as you want guys, it doesn't change anything..

TomasVillasenor
TomasVillasenor

 Fuck all of you. Shame on you. This was a real person who was MURDERED getting out of his car. His rap sheet or credit rating don't make his life less valuable than mine or yours. 

This isn't funny. People have to live here. We can't all live in linden hills.
Have some fucking respect.

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

Really? I care about North and work with the kids that live there every day. You're a fucking pit.

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

It really is sad though, because some areas of north have amazing murals and paintings all over, but so many times I just end up seeing graffiti and garbage, condoms and needles. Again I am talking from personal experience so please no one jump at me again, but north would be so much better if the crime rate could just drop a bit..

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

No one is scum, people just like to jump to conclusions. I had nothing but horrible experiences while I lived there, but I still have to frequent the area often. My sister lives in a sober apartment complex right down from Penn and Broadway, which is about five blocks from my old house. It is what it is

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

Not to mention when I first moved there I made the mistake of going outside to smoke before I left for work, and instantly asked by a passing neighbor if I knew where to get some 'crystal'. Again, i just don't see it being me that's the problem there...but think whatever you like. Its unfortunate you need to call a stranger fucking scum when you don't know their experiences. Unfair to the max for sure

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

There are certainly areas that are not so bad. But when I heard 17 gunshots over the span of about 14 hours, that should be a pretty accurate indicator that it was time to move.

Chandra Fossen
Chandra Fossen

I actually lived in north mpls for two months last year. Its not me that's the problem, I assure you.

Heather Kittenheart
Heather Kittenheart

This photo was taken by a resident and posted on the City of Minneapolis Government page in response to a post that the city plans to replow the streets. The streets are government, not private , property. It's not too much to ask that they are cleaned up. No, kids don't play in the streets. But they walk by to their bus stops. In the end, its easy to blame City Pages for posting this photo that you can't handling seeing and the residents of north side for this happening. And apparently for not scrubbing public streets. But when does the blame not lay on the city to clean up the streets? They haven't even plowed the damn streets. Which EVERYONE acknowledges.

davis.sarah
davis.sarah

I disagree, do you think if one of the streets in Dinkytown had blood soaked snow it would stand like this for 4 days?  Uptown?  Kingfield? really, i don't think so.

peterjasonmn
peterjasonmn

Well maybe if people in the North Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiide would stop killing each other like it was an Olympic fucking sport this wouldn't be an issue.

vegnation
vegnation

I've lived over north for 9 years, and at various times been more or less involved with movements to try to tip the scales in favor of making this a safe, thriving place for people to live.  I've never been as resigned and hopeless about the neighborhood as I have become over the course of the past year. The city has clearly written the neighborhood off entirely, and they get political cover from various enablers who fear change more than they fear the bullets taking out their own kids.

WhiteMatt
WhiteMatt

@TomasVillasenor 


That's BS. No one is forced to live in North Mpls. People choose to live there. Housing costs over north is just the same as Northeast (which is much safer). Also, other parts of Mpls and some of the inner ring suburbs are just as affordable.

vegnation
vegnation

@TomasVillasenor

No, we can't all live in Linden Hills, which is why I don't cry a river  every time a thug who spends his life making the Northside a more dangerous place to live gets offed by another thug with whom he has a disagreement. 

findb
findb

@WhiteMatt @findb 

Thank you for the inspiration to put into words how I feel about spineless, miseducated people, White Matt. Your my muse.


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