Council Member Andrew Johnson blasts MPD for laissez faire response to north Mpls drive-by

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Andrew Johnson on Facebook
:::: UPDATE :::: Barb Johnson seconds Andrew Johnson's concerns about Northside policing

First-term City Council Member Andrew Johnson took to Facebook to blast the Minneapolis Police Department for what he regards as an inadequate response to a drive-by shooting.

Johnson says he was doing some volunteer work in north Minneapolis Saturday afternoon when shots rang out a short distance away. He was surprised by how long it took for police officers to get there and how casually they behaved once they arrived, but the MPD says Johnson exaggerated the facts of the matter.

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First, here's Johnson's Facebook post, which was accompanied by the above photo of a bullet casing on the ground:
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Andrew Johnson
Was in North Minneapolis helping build some affordable housing today. Wasn't even there an hour and a drive by shooting happened a few homes down.

MPD arrived maybe 6-8 minutes later. No lights flashing. Squad driving slow. The officer who showed up chatted with some witnesses, then I asked why he was the only one there and why there didn't seem to be a strong sense of urgency. He said "well, there were no victims." Excuse me? Tell that to the grandma whose grandchildren had to "hit the floor", little 3 and 4 year olds. Tell that to the man who was shot at. The neighbors in the crossfire.

When someone entered my backyard late at night, three squad cars arrive within 45 seconds, circling the surrounding blocks looking for suspects who may have intended to steal. They had an incredible sense of urgency. I felt great about the police response over here on the Southside. Can't say the same about the response to bullets flying around children and families on the Northside.

We have so much work to do.
After reading that, we contacted the MPD to get law enforcement's take on the incident. The response the department sent us indicates officers' response time was twice as fast as Johnson says it was.

From the MPD:
The Minneapolis Police Department takes calls for service, and reports of crime very seriously in every area of the City.

The call was dispatched to our squads at 12:42 pm, and the first squad arrived at 12:45 pm. There was a second squad in the area within a few minutes.

We look forward to continuing our work with all of our stakeholders within the City as we move forward in assuring that Minneapolis is a safe city.
In unrelated news, Johnson's proposal to ban Styrofoam containers in Minneapolis was approved yesterday by the council's health and environment committee, meaning it now advances to the full City Council.

We're talking today with the council member who represents most of north Minneapolis, Barb Johnson, to get her perspective on whether there's an issue with how officers respond to north Minneapolis crime. Look for an update with her remarks later today (read it here).

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22 comments
stephansonprop
stephansonprop

All this BS in the city of Mpls. has been going on for 20 years, the list is endless.

mrleeahenderson
mrleeahenderson

How about the council stop trying to pass bans on styrofoam containers and make earplugs mandatory ... Minneapolis clearly has more pressing issues.

ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

Why don't people who live in the north side just move to Robinsdale where there is no crime? There, problem solved.

Sarah Holliday
Sarah Holliday

After living on both the north and south sides of Minneapolis, I've noticed that the cops are definitely quicker and more willing to respond. I called to report a break in while I was home in a place I lived in uptown and it didn't take them long at all to arrive. We called about our neighbors beneath us on the north side and their violent domestic dispute one night and they basically told us there was nothing they could do, and to call some domestic violence help line which told us that the couple in question was supposed to be the one calling.

John Ball
John Ball

I so surprised about this....said nobody.

duneympls
duneympls

Wow, Barb Johnson a woman with her hand on the pulse of the Northside for many years and just now decides that her Ward is in need of more police protection

Daniel LaRose
Daniel LaRose

I used to live in North mpls.. i learned a few things there.. The police don't care about anyone in the north side... and the man who owns the 2307 Penn Ave house is a slum lord.

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

Thanks, Andrew! I hope you draw some attention to how we lack, in several areas, on this side of town.

Colette O. Schrupp
Colette O. Schrupp

Yeah, I was talking to my brother the other day about this. He has a good friend who is a Bloomington Cop, who says that Minneapolis Cops are corrupt ass holes.

Greta von Otto
Greta von Otto

Oh please, get off your high-horse, Johnson. The response on the Southside is just as pathetic. Pandering to the criminal element!

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

The styrofoam ban is much more important to the council members than black people in Mpls

Bil Thorne
Bil Thorne

Wait so cops are busier on the north side?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

MPD is corrupt from the chief to the streets. Down with the police state, 1984 Orwellian tactics, and LE persons in general. #whowatchesthewatchmen

vufanatic
vufanatic

@ron.fresquez  They've already moved there. Also Crystal, Brooklyn Center/Park, Fridley, Coon Rapids and Anoka. Effectively turning those communities into crime-ridden shit holes. 

ThatOneGuyWTheFace
ThatOneGuyWTheFace

Pandering to the criminal element by trying to get police to respond more quickly to illegal activities? Do you not see the flaw here...?

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