Comment of the Day: Praying for the Northside

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Is divine intervention needed to deal with Minneapolis's public safety issues?
In the wake of another outburst of deadly gun violence in Minneapolis over the 4th of July weekend, Mayor Betsy Hodges asked people to "pray [for] all of those affected by these tragedies." Police Chief Janeé Harteau, meanwhile, "urge[d] people to put their guns down and find another way to resolve personal conflicts."

But some of our commenters think those remedies are insufficiently practical.

Here's what CinBlueland had to say:

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Hey, just like prayer and urging people to do the calm, rational thing, a prayer circle can't hurt, right?

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anthonyh
anthonyh

The police chief shouldn't have to be the one to urge people to put down their guns and find another way...  That's a parent's job.  Hey parents of gun thugs!  Your kids are killing people.  Do your damn job!

Tucker Benjamin
Tucker Benjamin

Invest more money in community spaces/organizations and increase surveillance/patrols?

Mary King
Mary King

No, the pussies should put the guns down. Based on the simple laws of gravitation, that's a lot EASIER than picking one up!

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

Too many pussies that can't fight these days. Gotta pick up a gun.

Michele Andrews
Michele Andrews

"Praying" please! That has nothing to do with anything. But I appreciate Police Chief's real and good words. She is the real deal.

Wendell Watson
Wendell Watson

To the people of north mpls, if you can't stand it, do something about it, prayer is not enough. When you have a tooth ache and it gets bad enough, no-one will have to tell you to go to the the dentist, you'll go.

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

Pray? ... In other words do nothing. And as a North Side resident I am sick and tired of my neighborhood being talked down all the time.

Cindy Petree
Cindy Petree

I so wish there was something that could be done so that these people who call this home could finally live in peace,I pray for a miracle to happen,there are alot of good people who do not deserve this,hoping for better days,prayers to all

Kyle Amundson
Kyle Amundson

I actually took issue with Randy's rude post (telling everyone to shut up etc.) and just decided to pick on his writing instead, besides; I'm not out to impress you pumpkin.

Bri Johnson
Bri Johnson

Wow Kyle shaming someone you don't know on Facebook sure makes you the bigger person doesn't it

Bri Johnson
Bri Johnson

I teach in north minneapolis and from the short time I've been there I've learned that it is full of amazing smart kids who are eager to learn and parents who care so deeply about their children. Maybe before you pass judgement on people or a place you only know by what you read or see in the media you could try spending some time there getting to know the people who call north minneapolis home.

Kyle Amundson
Kyle Amundson

Will one of your neighbors fix your punctuation?

Randy Ailport
Randy Ailport

i have owned a house and lived in north minneapolis if you have not you should shut up because there are issues there that if the community that live there stands up to the people who cause the problem or report it will fix it

greenthinks
greenthinks

It is a by product of the failed War on Drugs.The illegal trade creates the violence just as it created the cartels. But you ask the stupid police they dont have a clue. Why is it that everyone understands  this except for the police who are even against medical marijuana let alone against  ending the prohibition. Legalize marijuana and violent crime plummets. A proven fact.


Amanda Dobbs
Amanda Dobbs

According to a post from the North Vent FB Page, yesterday at 4:10 someone called 911 after he saw a man in a wheelchair robbed and beaten. The 911 operator told him they didn't have any squads available. Thanks to social media (and neighbors chatting) people are communicating with each other about how quickly 911 calls are being responded to. That's only one example of the many stories I've heard of the police not responding in a timely manner. A cop on every corner won't help stop violent crime? Okay Chief, please test your theory and prove me wrong.

shannon_blowtorch
shannon_blowtorch

Thats fucked up Damon. I own a house in North and love my neighborhood. Shootings happen in every single neighborhood in Minneapolis. North gets the smallest budget from the city out of every neighborhood. Seriously a fucked up comment. And I walked through the neighborhood right after the tornado, not funny.

Ryan Tuenge
Ryan Tuenge

I don't think that the success rate of prayer is very high.

Steven Stewart
Steven Stewart

What wold u have done? Unemployment and racism generate violence, it is a given. I doubt the police chief is to blame, personally. the bank clerks are not the guilty.

Chad Howard
Chad Howard

They could put 200 cops just in the 4th precinct and it would do no good

Nolan Murphy
Nolan Murphy

Wasn't someone shot in a prayer circle after a shooting last year in north?

Damon Wickland
Damon Wickland

Ya, good idea.Just pray the Northside away.Since that tornado didn't do much.

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