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Saturday, April 9, 2011
12:47 AM | Posted by The I.I. | | Edit Post
Children Shot At -- Farview Park
Three or four days ago, my friend's nephew and his friends were threatened by an Asian gang of approximately twenty gangsters at the bus stop on 29th and Dupont Avenue North.
Fast forward to about 10pm this evening. My friend's nephew had just finished playing basketball at the Farview rec center. As they were leaving, four members of the fore mentioned gang approached them; one of the gangsters was armed with a gun. Human instinct took over, my friend's nephew and his friends froze. That is until the armed gangster started shooting at the group of friends.
My friend's nephew and friends bolted away for dear life. They ran the long away around the park to avoid being followed back home. Once hearing about the terrifying incident, my friend called the MPD. Over the course of the 911 call, my friend specifically asked MPD to come to his home on the east side of Farview Park to take a statement.
How did MPD respond to my friend's emergency call? They told him that because the shooting incident occurred in the park, and therefore he needed to call park police instead. That statement in of itself is unbelievable, but the next part will knock your socks off. When my friend called the park police, they told him to call back after 8 o'clock in the morning because they were closed. So he called MPD back at 911 and they finally agreed to send somebody over.
Finally a squad car pulled up to the house. Just as my friend walked out the front door to go speak with the officer, the squad car pulled away. My friend called back two more times, only to be rebuffed with comments of the police being too busy.
I arrived at my friend's house, not knowing about any of this. He told me the whole story about what happened. At this point, the wait time for a police response had exceeded an hour. Just to put things into perspective here, the police response time in this case for children being shot at is completely unacceptable. If you can't count on the cops to protect you, what are you going to do?
The next step is to call the guy that's known for getting things done. I called Don Samuels around 11:45pm and woke the poor guy up. He was groggy, so I shared the story with him as clear and concise as possible. Unfortunately there wasn't much he could do at that particular point in time, as the Minneapolis political machine is closed Friday late nights. In addition to that, Farview Park is in Hawthorne, which is Diane Hofstede's ward. It would be logical to contact Ms. Hofstede next, seeing as it is her ward anyway. I asked Samuels for Hofstede's contact information. He informed me that she was away in Europe.
After three phone calls to the police, and hours of waiting, the police finally arrive at 12:22am as this blogger was composing this very post. The officer recorded my friend's nephew's statement in a professional manner. That part is fine, but I think the whole point about tonight's story is that when residents call the police to ask for help because their own family members are being shot at; a sense of urgency is implied.
Everyone be on the lookout for a heavily armed, trigger happy gangsters, shooting at people around Farview Park. That being said, don't expect much help from the police. Their response time this evening was about an hour and a half.