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‘Living in a war zone’: Minneapolis residents ‘terrified’ of increased gun violence call out elected officials, demanding, ‘Show your face to us!’

Minneapolis has been seeing a serious spike gun violence in the months since the death of George Floyd. After the tragic incident, the City Council called for a defunding of the police. As violence began to rage, the those same elected city officials demanded to know where the police were.

And now, as their city is experiencing more gunfire on a daily basis and residents are worried for their lives in what some call a “war zone,” the members of the city council are apparently no where to be found.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the gun violence in Minneapolis is like nothing the department has seen in years, WCCO-TV reported.

Police are having trouble keeping up as an unusual number of police have elected to leave the MPD or retire following their elected leadership’s call to gut the department.

WCCO interviewed residents of north Minneapolis, and they had a message for the City Council: Show yourself.

First-hand account of gun violence

Resident Liz Cruz told the station that just next door, bullets from a gunfight passed through the house, went through the dining room, and lodged the pantry, WCCO reported.

“Honestly, I haven’t really been sleeping right now, I mean, I can’t because I hear every little thing that is going on — police sirens, like the helicopters, the gun shooting, everything” Cruz said.

Cruz gave the station security camera footage from her home that recorded extensive gunfire on her street at night.

“You’re sleeping and all of a sudden you feel like you’re in a war zone,” she said. “I have four children, and I’ll sleep with them all in my room, because I am scared and I’m terrified that something is going to happen to them.”

Cruz added that she and her family and neighbors have to run inside even in the afternoon because of gunfire.

Where is the leadership?

“Nobody sees what we’ve living, nobody is feeling what we’re feeling, because they’re not here,” Cruz told WCCO

What she really wants to know is: Where is the city’s leadership?

“Help us, come and see what’s going on,” Cruz said.

“We’re really not getting any responses from the mayor or the City Council,” she added. “We feel kind of alone right now.”

Then she looked into the camera and delivered a heart-felt demand.

“Come here. Meet with us. Face us. Stay here for a weekend. For the love of God, just come here and say something to us — the people that are freaking voting for you and depend on you to take care of us!” Cruz pleaded. “Where are you? Show your face to us. Do something. Don’t just sit there and let your city go down to the ruins. Do something for us.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot blames Chicago’s violence on ‘states with virtually no gun control,’ says ‘no’ to federal troops

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) said rising gun violence in Chicago is occurring because the Windy City is “being inundated with guns” from outside states.

Through the first half of 2020, Chicago matched the homicide pace of 2016 – the city’s most violent year in nearly 20 years. There were 329 homicides in Chicago from January to June, an increase of 34% from 2019. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 1,384 shootings in the first half of the year, an increase of 42% from 2019. In June alone, there were 562 shooting victims, an 85% increase over last year’s totals for the same month.

“Sixty-three people were shot in the city this past weekend, and at least twelve people were killed,” the White House said in a statement last Wednesday. “Over the Fourth of July weekend, nearly 80 people were shot, and 17 were killed. Over Father’s Day weekend, 104 people were shot, and 15 were killed, including 5 young children. And the last weekend in May saw the city’s deadliest day on record: 18 murders in 24 hours.”

The children who were recently killed in Chicago include a 13-year-old girl, a 10-year-old girl, a 7-year-old girl, a 3-year-old boy, and a 20-month-old toddler.

Last week, President Donald Trump announced Operation Legend, which will send federal law enforcement to “American communities plagued by violent crime.” Trump said federal assistance would be sent to Chicago and Albuquerque, but more cities would be added “in the weeks ahead.”

“For this reason, today I am announcing that the Department of Justice will immediately surge federal law enforcement to the city of Chicago,” President Trump said. “The FBI, ATF, DEA, U.S. Marshals Service, and Homeland Security will together be sending hundreds of skilled law enforcement officers to Chicago to help drive down violent crime.”

Lightfoot appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, where she discussed the gun violence in Chicago.

“The fact of the matter is our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns in our streets — 60% of which come from states outside of Illinois,” Lightfoot told host Jake Tapper. “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons.”

Earlier this month, Lightfoot blamed guns and the coronavirus pandemic for the city’s recent spike in violence.

“We have way too many guns on the streets,” Lightfoot said when asked why Chicago is experiencing a dramatic increase in violent crimes. She also said the COVID-19 lockdowns created the “perfect storm” for an upswing in violence.

“That is the thing that if the president really wanted to help, that and the other things I identified in my letter he could do today, tomorrow,” Lightfoot said of President Trump’s plan to tackle violence. “But he’s not really interested in helping in that way.”

Lightfoot reiterated that there would be no federal law enforcement agents in the city targeting protesters like in Portland.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no troops, no agents that are coming in outside of our knowledge, notification and control that are violating people’s constitutional rights. That’s the framework,” Lightfoot said on Sunday. “We can’t just allow anyone to come into Chicago, play police in our streets and neighborhoods when they don’t know the first thing about our city. That’s a recipe for disaster.”

“That’s what you’re seeing playing out in Portland on a nightly basis, we don’t need that here,” Lightfoot added. “That’s not a value add, it doesn’t help enhance our public safety.”

“Let me be clear, this is not about working with the Trump administration,” the Democratic mayor stressed. “For decades now in major cities across the country, FBI, DEA, AFT, those agents have been in our districts and do work and work in concert with local law enforcement to help support a number of efforts, not the least of which is violence in our cities.”

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Protests erupt over Detroit police shooting — then police chief destroys narrative with video footage

Protests erupted in Detroit on Friday after police shot and killed 20-year-old Hakeem Littleton earlier in the day. Within hours of the fatal shooting, rumors quickly circulated that Littleton was another victim of police brutality.

“We hear one thing from the police, and another thing from the community. The community told us that the police pulled up, told (him) to get on the ground. He put his hands up, and these mother f****** shot him in the back of the head,” Asar Amen-Ra, a man who described himself as Littleton’s uncle, told the Detroit Free Press.

However, Detroit Police Chief James Craig worked to quickly flip the narrative on its head, releasing officer dash camera and body camera footage within hours of the fatal shooting to dispel the rumors.

At a press conference, Craig explained that officers were attempting to arrest an unrelated man when Littleton told officers, “you are not going to take my man, in other words, take him into custody,” before pulling out a handgun and opening fire on officers.

Littleton fired two shots before officers returned fire. Craig said that Littleton managed to fire two more shots as he fell to the ground. In total, three officers fired just four shots, Craig said.

The police chief explained that video showed Littleton aimed for one officer’s head — but fortunately missed.

“He was using a .25 caliber blue steel automatic pistol. This comes from body cameras as well as an in dash camera from one of our scouts,” Craig said, Fox News reported. “There were eight shots fired in five seconds. Four fired by three officers, one officer fired two shots, and then four shots fired by the suspect.”

“As Littleton raised the gun in his left hand he was aiming at the head of the officer,” he explained.

No officers were injured in the shooting. However, the involved officers have been placed on administrative leave pending a complete investigation.

According to the Washington Post, Littleton was on probation for an unarmed robbery and a weapons charge.


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Grandfather of 11-year-old shooting victim says defunding police isn’t the answer: ‘We need the police’

Davon McNeal was an 11-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and his grandfather told Fox News that defunding the police is not the answer to gun violence problems in major cities.

Davon was reportedly grabbing a phone charger before heading to a Fourth of July cookout when five men shot up the area for reasons currently unknown to police. McNeal was hit with a stray bullet and died later in the hospital. No arrests have been made, and the police are seeking public assistance in identifying suspects.

Davon’s grandfather, John Ayala, said on “The Story” on Monday that crime will only get worse if there are fewer police officers on the street.

“You can’t take money from the police department,” Ayala said. “We need the police. You take the police from there and we wind up having less police officers in the street and less detectives. It’s not going to work. Crime is going to get worse … if you start having less police officers, who’s going to come when there is a need for police services?”

Ayala disagrees with activists who think the police are the biggest problem when it comes to violence against black people.

“Before going to go after the police officers when they hurt someone that looks like me, they need to go after the people that look like me that hurt people that look like me,” Ayala said.

At least six children were killed in shootings over the weekend, including shootings in Atlanta and Chicago. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms’ comments on the killing of an 8-year-old girl were similar in their sentiment to what Ayala said — that members of the community are harming their own people more than the police are.

“You can’t blame this on a police officer, you can’t say this is about criminal justice reform,” Bottoms said of the shooting, which happened in a protest zone. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car. We got to stop this. We are doing more harm than any police officer on this force.”

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Violence erupts in Chicago: 67 shot, 13 killed, including a 7-year-old girl, over July 4th weekend

There have already been at least 67 people shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend. Within four hours, from 11 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday, 36 people were shot. There were at least 13 killed during the holiday weekend, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy.

Nine of the weekend’s shooting victims were minors, a worrying trend of children being shot and killed in Chicago. A 7-year-old girl was killed over the holiday weekend.

Natalie Wallace was playing on a sidewalk outside of her grandmother’s home around 7 p.m. on Saturday in the city’s Austin neighborhood when three men got out of a car and sprayed more than 20 rounds in the direction of a family’s Fourth of July party, which had children present. The 7-year-old was shot in the forehead and pronounced dead at the Stroger Hospital of Cook County.

“Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter. “We cannot grow numb to this. We are making progress in slowing shootings, but we have to do better, every single one of us.”

A 14-year-old boy was shot and killed in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. The attack, which happened at a large gathering, killed four people, and wounded four others, including an 11-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy.

This is the third week in a row where a young child died from gun violence in Chicago. In the two weeks leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, seven children under the age of 18 were killed in Chicago.

A 20-month-old toddler, Sincere Gaston, was killed last weekend after being hit with a stray bullet while riding in a car with his mom. “I am lifeless,” said Yasmine Miller, the boy’s mother. “That was my world. They came and took a piece of us. Broke us. He stole my baby from me.”

The baby’s grandmother said the boy’s death comes nearly six years to the day when one of her sons was killed by gun violence. “To have to do this again and watch my baby walk in the shoes I had to walk in,” Eve Binion said. “Wake up every day and push yourself to keep moving. Enough is enough.”

A 3-year-old boy was shot and killed over Father’s Day weekend. Mekhi James was killed on his way home after getting a haircut. He was shot while in the backseat of a car. “It hurts! It hurts!” the boy cried out after being struck in the back by the bullet.

“I am not supposed to be standing here,” Myesha James, the boy’s mother, said. “My boy, my boy. You mean the world to me,” James said. “I can’t put it words. That’s I why I keep saying ‘my boy.’ I can’t put what he means to me in words.”

Lena Nunez, who was 10-years-old, was shot and killed while visiting her uncle’s home in Logan Square last weekend. A stray bullet came through a window and struck her in the head, according to Chicago police.

Amaria Jones was killed two weeks ago. The 13-year-old was showing her mom a dance move she learned from TikTok when she was shot. The bullet went through a window into Amaria’s home, through her family’s television, and struck her in the neck, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“Showing me a dance, she got shot in the throat and fell to the floor and reached out to me. And there was nothing I could do. Nothing,” Amaria’s mother, Lawanda Jones, said through tears. “To watch your baby bleed to death — my life will never be the same. Never.”

According to Chicago police, 63 people were shot, 16 fatally were shot last weekend. Over Father’s Day weekend, 104 people were shot in Chicago, and 15 were killed. It was the highest number of gun violence victims this year.

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‘We have a cultural, historical connection to firearms’ — Black Americans tell the New York Times why they are arming up

A video from the New York Times detailed the reasons that many black Americans feel the need recently to purchase firearms to protect themselves and their families.

Kat Traylor

One black woman detailed how she worked to pass more gun restrictions but then decided that she needed to arm herself in order to protect her family.

“I’ve been fighting for gun regulations in my state for eight years,” said Kat Traylor, of Aurora, Colorado.

“Regardless of who was in office, our lives didn’t get any better for black and brown communities, in fact they just stayed the same,” she explained.

“That’s when the realization hit, until we have legislation and all the wrong people don’t have guns, you need a gun,” Traylor said.

“Guns are dangerous. I never wanted one in my home. But a month ago, I bought a handgun, and I learned how to shoot it,” she explained. “Right now, I need a gun to be safe in this country.”

Chloe Brown

“I grew up in a pretty liberal California family, I wasn’t into firearms, I was kind of opposed to them,” explained Chloe Brown from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“When you look outside you can kind of see that there’s a need for people protecting themselves, buying firearms, being conscious,” she explained.

Brown went on to explain that she had been pulled over by a police officer who brandished a gun during the stop with her children in the vehicle. That convinced her that she needed a firearm.

“That was a turning point for me, understanding that the people that are supposed to take care of us and keep us safe, um, may not always be there for us,” Brown explained.

History of firearm defense

Traylor cited many examples of black activists from history who used guns to protect themselves, including Martin Luther King Jr., and Harriet Tubman.

“We have a cultural, historical connection to firearms too!” said Tarikh Brown of Colorado Springs.

The video also includes several incidents where white people brandished weapons against black Americans and were captured on video.

A previous report from March showed that many Asian Americans were rushing out to buy guns after increased racial scrutiny from the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Another report documented that Americans responded to the protests, some of which turned to violent looting and rioting, by guying firearms at record levels.

Here’s the video from the New York Times:


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One dead after shots fired into crowd at Breonna Taylor protest

One person is dead and another injured after a gunman fired shots into the crowd at a Breonna Taylor protest in Kentucky.

Demonstrators gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville on Saturday in a call for justice for the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Around 9 p.m., the Louisville Metro Police Department started receiving calls about gunfire at the park.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department personnel arrived at the park to perform life-saving measures on a man, who eventually died at the scene. Another person from the incident was found near the Hall of Justice, which is across the street from the park. That person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police evacuated the park, and are currently “trying to gather as much information as possible in order to identify all who were involved in the incident.” Police have not announced any possible suspects or arrests in the shooting.

An unverified video was posted on Twitter that shows a man opening fire into the park. The graphic video reportedly shows one of the alleged victims of the shooting on the ground and receiving medical attention.

“Fatal shooting reported at Jefferson Square Park. Another person injured. Still waiting to get updates and details from #lmpd,” WAVE-TV reporter Phylicia Ashley wrote on Twitter. “Witness videos allege a man was asked to leave the memorial and protest space then came back with a gun and started shooting into the crowd.”

Following the shooting, the LMPD announced that “peaceful gatherings can continue during the day,” but people will no longer be able to stay overnight at the park, and no tents are permitted.

“I am deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Twitter. “It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene.”

At least seven people were shot on May 28 during a Breonna Taylor protest in Louisville.

Demonstrations were being held over the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was shot in her Louisville home by undercover police who were serving a no-knock warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed the police were home invaders and shot at the officers, striking one of the cops.

Taylor was shot eight times. Police were serving a search warrant for a narcotics investigation. No drugs were reportedly found at Taylor’s apartment.

Louisville has since banned no-knock search warrants.

Protesters have been calling for the officers involved in Taylor’s death to be charged. One of the officers involved in the shooting, Brett Hankison, has been fired from the LMPD.

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Eleven people shot, one person dead in Minneapolis shooting spree

There was a shooting spree in Minneapolis early Sunday morning, where 11 people were shot and one person died.

At 12:37 a.m. on Sunday, multiple 911 calls were received by the police dispatch about a shooting. The Minneapolis Police advised residents to avoid Uptown Minneapolis, “a commercial district that includes several bars and restaurants,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

There were multiple shooters, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The shooting suspects all fled the murder scene.

“Police arrived and located several people suffering from gunshot wounds,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in a press release. “Multiple ambulances responded and transported victims to Hennepin County Medical Center. Others were transported to area hospitals in private vehicles.”

One adult male died at the hospital, and the other 11 are receiving medical treatment for their non-life-threatening injuries.

The MPD is investigating the shooting, and have not released a motive for the attack. No suspects are in custody.

This shooting spree comes only days after another mass shooting event. On Tuesday, nine people were shot in Minneapolis, including eight in a two-hour span.

As of June 17, a record 149 people have been shot in Minneapolis since the beginning of the year; nearly half of the victims were shot in the three weeks leading up to June 17, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The first week after George Floyd’s death, there were a record 22 gunshot victims.

The shooting sprees come less than two weeks after the Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution officially committing to replacing the city’s police department with a “community safety” model. Following the George Floyd protests, council members and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) pledged to activists that the Minneapolis Police Department would be dismantled.

“Police violence is a threat to public safety. We must allocate resources to ensure that all instances of death or injury in police custody are adequately and independently reviewed,” Omar said. “We can’t reform a system that is rotten, reimagining and reconstructing a new way forward is a better approach.”

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Video of George Floyd emerges, shows him pleading with black youth to stop gun violence, begging ‘clearly lost’ to ‘come home’

A heartbreaking video of the late George Floyd talking about ending violence has gone viral following his death.

What are the details?

In an undated video that’s making the rounds across social media, Floyd can be heard imploring black youth to end violence and stop killing one another.

Speaking directly into a camera, Floyd said, “Our young generation is clearly lost, man. Clearly lost, man. I don’t even know what to say anymore. You youngsters just going around busting guns in crowds, kids getting killed.”

He continued, saying that adults should be responsible in condemning gun violence, rather than condoning it.

“Man, I knew it was crazy then a n**** my age saying it … and condoning this s**t, bro,” he added. “You know what I’m saying? Half them young n****s shooting them guns go home and their knees shaking at night, but they don’t show it to nobody because they ain’t tough then.”

He pleaded, “Come on home man. It’s going to be you and God. You’re going up or you’re going down. That’s gonna be it.”

“And if any of you don’t like this message — especially a n**** my age — man, f*** you right now. My heart hurts,” he concluded.

Floyd
died Monday following an incident with Minneapolis police officers.

Viral video emerged
showing an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck during an incident reported to be a “forgery in progress.”

After engaging with Floyd, the Minneapolis officer ended up pinning the man to the ground with his knee.

Floyd can be heard repeatedly begging officers for help and complaining of not being able to breathe as well as being in pain. Floyd appeared to lose consciousness in the video. Authorities pronounced the man dead at a nearby hospital.

Four officers were
fired over the incident, and the FBI is investigating Floyd’s detainment as a possible civil rights violation.

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UPS employee who reportedly threatened mass murder arrested. Cops say he had body armor, nine guns, and 20K rounds of ammo.

Police arrested a UPS employee who allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting at the Sunnyvale, California, location where he worked, and they found that he was heavily armed and apparently ready to carry out the attack soon, according to CNN.

The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety began investigating 32-year-old Thomas Andrews on Sunday after getting a report that Andrews sent texts to his boss expressing an intent to commit a mass shooting. Police began searching for him after finding that he had five guns registered.

Late Sunday night, officers found Andrews driving, but he fled. Police were able to apprehend him, with assistance from California Highway Patrol.

Upon searching Andrews’ home, police said they found 20,000 rounds of ammunition, five rifles, a shotgun, three handguns, and body armor. Andrews had packed up several bags of ammo and placed them near his door, authorities said.

Sunnyvale Police Capt. Dan Pistor said Andrews was upset at his employer, according to KNTV-TV, but he did not elaborate on what the specific conflict was.

“He alluded to a mass shooting in his text messages,” Pistor said, according to USA Today. “I definitely think we avoided a tragedy.”

UPS did not provide any details in a statement issued to CNN, which simply said the company was cooperating with authorities on the investigation.

Andrews was arrested on suspicion of evading police, driving under the influence, and several weapons violations. He is in Santa Clara County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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