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Shootings continue as Minneapolis organizes multiagency response to gun violence

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In the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh writes: “The shock of a mass shooting in Uptown that left one man dead and 11 other people wounded had barely subsided Monday when multiple shootings elsewhere in the city swelled the number of casualties. On Monday, the day three separate afternoon shootings on the North Side left nine people injured, Mayor Jacob Frey announced details behind a multiagency effort to quell the bloodshed that has persisted over the past several weeks. Joining the Minneapolis Police Department will be virtually every law enforcement agency within reach….”

An MPR story says, “State health officials said Monday they’re increasingly concerned that people with serious health problems who need emergency room care are not seeking that care because of fears over contracting COVID-19. National data show a significant drop-off in emergency room visits for heart attacks, strokes and low blood sugar cases during the pandemic compared to the weeks before outbreaks surfaced, said Kris Ehresmann, Minnesota’s infectious disease director. It’s a surprising decline that suggests people are avoiding care, Ehresmann added.”

Kathy Berdan reports for the Pioneer Press: “Needing to cut $4 million from its fiscal year 2021 budget, the Minneapolis Institute of Art announced Monday that it is reducing staff and freezing non-union wages. Leadership will take a 15 percent cut in pay. In a news release, the Minneapolis museum said the reductions were due to economic uncertainty from the coronovirus pandemic. Seventeen staff members took buyouts and another 22 were laid off on Monday. The reductions are about 15 percent of the total staff at the Twin Cities’ largest art museum.”

Says the Star Tribune’s Jeremy Olson, “University of Minnesota researchers conducted one of the world’s largest observational studies of COVID-19 patients and found that diabetes and obesity increased death risks, but that a common diabetes drug protects women. Metformin reduced COVID-19 death risks by 21 to 24% in women with COVID-19 who were already taking it to manage their blood-sugar levels and their diabetes, according to the U study results, which were posted online this weekend in advance of publication in a medical journal.”

Says an AP story, “As Minneapolis tries to overhaul its Police Department in the wake of Floyd’s killing, city leaders will collide with a pugnacious and powerful union that has long resisted such change. But that union and (union head Bob ) Kroll are coming under greater pressure than ever before, with some members daring to speak out in support of change and police leaders vowing to negotiate a contract tougher on bad cops. … In Minneapolis, 14 officers signed an open letter condemning Chauvin, saying they ‘stand ready to listen and embrace the calls for change, reform and rebuilding.’ The move was seen as a big deal for a police department where such public dissent is rare.”

For KSTP-TV, Josh Skluzacek reports: “The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the thefts, burglaries and arsons of Minneapolis post offices. USPIS said the incidents happened between May 28 and May 30 at three Minneapolis post offices: Minnehaha Post Office, located at 3033 27th Avenue South; Powderhorn Post Office, located at 3045 Bloomington Avenue; Lake Street Post Office, located at 110 East 31st Street.”

Says Matt McKinney for the Star Tribune, “Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis used the backdrop of the burned-out Third Precinct Minneapolis police station Monday to attack incumbent Sen. Tina Smith and other Democrats who have called for reforms in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. Warning that police reform efforts are descending into mob rule, Lewis called for the restoration of public order. He was flanked by about two dozen supporters, including several retired police officials.…  None of the speakers were active Minneapolis police officers or representatives of their union, the Minneapolis Police Federation.”

For Bring me the News, Melissa Turtinen writes: “Three Minnesota hospitals made the list of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. The annual rankings, released last week, look at the best pediatric hospitals in the United States, highlighting the top 50 centers in several pediatric specialties. … Mayo Clinic Children’s Center, based in Rochester, ranked nationally in eight pediatric specialties. … The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis ranked nationally in four pediatric specialties. … Children’s Minnesota, based in Minneapolis, ranked nationally in one specialty, coming in at No. 44 in pulmonology and lung surgery.”

An ESPN story says, “MLB owners voted unanimously to proceed with the 2020 season under the terms of their March 26 agreement with the MLB Players Association, the league said in a statement Monday night, after the union’s executive board voted down MLB’s latest offer of a 60-game season with expanded playoffs. The owners’ vote now gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to implement a schedule of his choosing — likely between 50 and 60 games.”

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by BK Anderson on 06/23/2020 - 07:31 am.

    Well, no surprise that a rightwing nut and professional conservative gadfly like Jason Lewis would be the first Repub candidate to cry “Law and Order!” and “Mob Rule!” in response to the Floyd protests and ongoing attempts at police reform. It is in the Repubs’ interest to encourage white backlash on this issue; this has long been the only play in the “conservative” playbook on civil rights issues. Nothing was more certain than that this conservative clown would take this tack–true leadership on a tough issue, Jason! Mob Rule!

    Interesting that Lewis voiced no concerns on the “Law and Order” front over the spate of handgun violence in Mpls. But when it’s the (manufactured) “civil right” of private ownership of high-powered weaponry, suddenly worries about “law and order” and “help the police” somehow melt away. The line between law-abiding gun ownership and law-violating gun ownership is always quite a thin one, since it is always dependent on the thought processes of a single individual owning deadly force capacity.

  2. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/23/2020 - 09:24 am.

    Were any of the speakers at Mr. Lewis’s event actually residents of Minneapolis? Or did they just come to town for the backdrop?

  3. Submitted by cory johnson on 06/23/2020 - 10:03 am.

    Yes let’s have strict laws regarding legal firearm ownership.Its worked so well to reduce the slaughter in Chicago

    • Submitted by Dennis Litfin on 06/23/2020 - 01:35 pm.

      Anyone can drive a couple of miles out of Chicago city limits and purchase their weapons out of the trunk of a car.

    • Submitted by Tim Walker on 06/23/2020 - 01:37 pm.

      Typical right-wing nonsense.


      “Neither Wisconsin nor Indiana requires licenses or permits to purchase a gun, for example, nor do they require waiting periods. While Illinois has that B+ rating from the law center, Wisconsin has a C- and Indiana a D-.

      And there’s good evidence that being next-door to those states keeps Chicago criminals well-supplied with guns. A 2015 study of guns in Chicago, co-authored by Cook, found that more than 60 percent of new guns used in Chicago gang-related crimes and 31.6 percent used in non-gang-related crimes between 2009 and 2013 were bought in other states.

      Indiana was a particularly heavy supplier, providing nearly one-third of the gang guns and nearly one-fifth of the non-gang guns.”

    • Submitted by Andy Sheepleton on 06/23/2020 - 10:10 pm.

      With everybody burning and looting and shooting everybody in Minneapolis there is no way in hell I would want to live here without a gun. People who live in the suburbs or gated communities with security guards who have guns love gun control. Not after this horrible violence. Count me out.

      • Submitted by BK Anderson on 06/24/2020 - 01:53 pm.

        Actually, you’ve got it exactly backward. Urban (Dem) areas were/are typically the ones seeking to impose more handgun control, while suburbanites have been more typically Repub, and thus opposed to it.

        I will grant that the latest violence in Mpls has probably altered the thinking of some urbanites on gun ownership. How many is unknown…

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