MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The day following the shooting of a young boy in the Folwell neighborhood of Minneapolis, many local community members are hoping for the child’s recovery. Additionally, others are voicing concerns about crime levels in the city.
The day after a young boy was shot in a vehicle in the Folwell neighborhood of Minneapolis, members of the community are praying for his recovery while others are raising concerns about a spike in crime in the city. https://t.co/my8n4Yx4XQ
— FOX 9 (@FOX9) May 2, 2021
The young boy was reportedly shot on April 30th while he was inside of a vehicle nearby the area of Morgan Avenue North and 34th Avenue.
Reportedly, the child is still in critical condition. Two vigils were held on May 1st, one taking place outside of the North Memorial Medical Center where the child is being cared for and another one within the city in an effort to pray for the child and his family.
Marcus Kennedy, who is part of a local group known as Emerge, stated the following about the tragic shooting:
“Just another tragedy, a tragedy that shouldn’t be happening at all.”
New Salem Missionary Baptist Church’s Reverend Jerry McAfee noted that these sorts of crimes impacting children won’t quell themselves, and that it’s imperative for the community to work together to avoid these tragedies:
“It won’t solve it if we ignore it, so we’re going to have to get active and get actively involved in the lives of other people…The family – I’ve known the father since he was a baby – to see what they’re going through is tough.”
— Hanna Conway (@hanna_kare11) May 1, 2021
Jamar Nelson, a member of the group known as A Mother’s Love, stated that the boy was asleep in the car when he was shot:
“[The child] was asleep in the back seat, riding with his parents. Apparently, someone may have been following the family member and shots rang out…It’s incredibly traumatic. Triggering. We can’t normalize this. This violence can’t be normalized.”
But with the recent shooting of this child highlights another concern for Minneapolis, namely the rise of homicides year over year.
Minneapolis Police Department data shows that 2019 data, up until May 1st of that year, there were only six homicides.
Looking at that same timetable for the year 2020, and there was a total of 12 homicides.
Moving on to 2021, Minneapolis has seen 24 homicides as of May 1st. A respective homicide rate, for the aforementioned periods, that has doubled year over year is by no means any measure of success for a city.
Kennedy says that there’s a level of importance for people, such as he, to come out and draw attention to the matters impacting their city:
“When these times really do come, it’s important to be out here and show our face. We’re here for the community, that we’re working toward something better than this.”
There are currently no reports on whether police have any leads on the shooting of the child.
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In other news related to Minneapolis, one of the arsonists involved in burning down the MPD 3rd Precinct back in May of 2020 was recently sentenced to prison.
Here’s that previous report.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – One of the men responsible for the arson that decimated the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct during the riots that occurred in Minneapolis in May of 2020 has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $12 million in restitution for the arson.
Back in December of 2020, 23-year-old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson had pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit arson in connection with the fire set to the MPD 3rd precinct building on the night of May 28th during the riots inspired by George Floyd’s in custody death.
Law Enforcement Today had reported about Robinson’s arrest that occurred on June 14th of 2020 where the suspect was actually captured in the municipality of Breckenridge, Colorado.
Court documents say that Robinson, on the evening of May 28th, 2020, had joined in on the riot that was taking place nearby the MPD 3rd precinct where hundreds of people had amassed and some among the crowd were chanting for people to burn down the police station.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) June 16, 2020
From what the DOJ says of the convicted arsonist, Robinson, along with a band of co-conspirators, had breached the protective fencing around the MPD 3rd precinct and lit a Molotov cocktail that someone else was holding – which was then hurled at the 3rd precinct building.
On April 28th, 2021, Robinson was sentenced for his criminal behavior that led to the destruction of the MPD 3rd precinct building, with him being sentenced to four years in prison and restitution in the amount of $12 million.
Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk delivered the following comments regarding Robinson’s sentencing:
“On the night of May 28, 2020, Mr. Robinson chose to depart from lawful protest and instead engaged in violence and destruction. The arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct put lives at risk and contributed to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis.
“With today’s sentence, Mr. Robinson is held accountable for his actions.”
ATF St. Paul Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Reed also delivered comments with respect to the case, highlighting the severity of acts of arson:
“ATF is committed to investigating the civil unrest arsons of 2020 that occurred throughout the Twin Cities. Arson, being inherently violent, is a serious crime that put many of our community members at risk, and it cannot be tolerated.”
— U.S. Attorney MN (@DMNnews) April 28, 2021
Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, noted that the sentencing of Robinson is extremely important in the sense that no matter how righteous someone feels in their criminal acts, these sorts of behaviors will not be tolerated:
“The danger posed by the defendant in this case was very real. Today’s sentencing sends a clear message—regardless of motivation, when someone is intent on conducting a violent act that breaks federal law, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will move assertively to hold them accountable.
“This type of behavior puts public servants and our entire community in danger, and we simply will not let it go unaddressed.”
On top of the restitution and period of confinement, Robinson will also be required to serve two years of supervised release after his term in prison.
The three other co-conspirators involved in the case, which have all reportedly pled guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, will be getting sentence at a later date, according to the DOJ.
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