Mitch at Shot in the Dark got this ball rolling:
Shots fired outside a Minneapolis high school graduation – outside the Convention Center, one of downtown Minneapolis' crown jewels:
Several shots were fired Sunday night outside the Minneapolis Convention Center as people were leaving Patrick Henry High School's graduation ceremony, police said.No one was struck, but one person claimed to have been injured as many in the crowd ran away from the shots, police spokesman Ron Reier said.
Some of the eight officers on hand for the event heard what were at least four gunshots, Reier said.
The quagmire in Amy Klobuchar's Minneapolis deepens.
So I start reading the headlines from my RSS feeds, and what do I see?
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – FBI statistics Monday confirmed what big cities like Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland and Las Vegas have seen on the streets: Violent crime in the U.S. is on the rise, posting its biggest one-year increase since 1991.
And more specifically: Violent crime up in Minneapolis in 2005.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-Minneapolis' 35.5 percent surge in violent crime last year was the biggest rise for any U.S. city of its size and far higher than a 2.5 percent national increase, preliminary data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report showed today.The national increase in violent crime reversed a five-year trend and was itself the largest jump since 1991.
Minneapolis' soaring figure came despite a 10.4 percent drop in murders from 53 to 48 (the FBI counted only 47 murders). The city's cumulative increase in the index of four violent crimes resulted largely from a 40.8 percent jump in robberies, to 3,165 and a 37.4% increase in the number of aggravated assaults, to 2,798, the data showed.
Property crimes in Minneapolis also surged by 11.9 percent over 2004, despite a national decrease of 1.6 percent, the FBI reported.
Only two cities with populations of at least 100,000 had higher violent crime increases than Minneapolis. Norfolk, whose population was listed as 234,403 in the 2000 census, recorded a 36.5% increase in violent crime and a 65.7 percent increase in murders, from 35 homicides in 2004 to 58 last year. Overland Park, Kan., whose 2000 population was listed as 149,080, reported a 49.7 percent increase in violent crime, though its total incidence was 494, unlike Minneapolis' 6,405.
It's a DEEP quagmire!
Here in Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar, the sitting Hennepin County Attorney, is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Mark Dayton (whom Time Magazine named among America's Worst Senators). So during her two terms as
a catch and release specialist Hennepin County Attorney, she has a speedily rising crime rate while failing to reveal where she stands on campaign issues.
So, in addition to telling us your platform, what are you going to do about the crime wave, Ms. Klobuchar?
Update: Apparently a computer glitch exaggerated the numbers:
The FBI released data Monday indicating that violent crime surged 35.5 percent in Minneapolis last year, but the city's Police Department said a computer glitch grossly exaggerated what was actually a 15 percent jump from 2004.
A 15 percent increase is still six times the 2.5 percent national rise in murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults in 2005, figures disclosed in preliminary data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Still, the volume of violent crime in Minneapolis is about 30 percent below levels in the mid-1990s, when the number of annual murders nearly hit triple digits.
The nationwide increase in violent crime reversed a five-year downward trend, but these crimes are more than 25 percent below the numbers reported in 1992, the start of a years-long decline.
On the downside, violent crime in Minneapolis has increased in every year since 2001. And the data come as the city has grappled with two high-profile homicides in the Downtown and Uptown areas, spreading anxiety among some residents and leaders.
Still doesn't change my point.