Minneapolis, MN – Andrew Conley, a 17-year-old who worked for Republican Lacy Johnson’s campaign for Congress, was shot and killed by a drive-by shooting in North Minneapolis this week.
Johnson is running against Democratic Representative, Ihan Omar.
Johnson noted that the teenager and another man, who was hurt in the shooting, worked for him. They were not carrying out campaigning duties for him when they were shot.
“Today we are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of violence. It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is more needed than ever in our community.”
The two men among a group of people that were standing outside of a Super USA convenience store. This was at the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling Avenues. That’s when a green truck pulled up and gunfire heard. The men were shot by one or more shooters.
Both were rushed to the hospital. Conley was pronounced dead. The other man was injured but in stable condition. The gunman fled the scene, and nobody has been apprehended.
“We have also been in discussions with members of the community who have detailed knowledge of the sources of the sometimes violence in our community.”
Johnson posted this on his Facebook page, which has nearly 70,000 people who like it. The post received 41 comments and 40 shares.
Among the comments:
“I’m so sorry, Lacy. I was heartbroken over the death of a 17-year old, and even more so when I heard he was one of your workers. I can’t even imagine his parents’ grief. Praying for all of you. This HAS to end.”
And another stated:
“I’m heartbroken over this as well as all the shootings in MPLS this year. Lacy please keep us updated as to who we can reach out to so this young mans family can get help with funeral arrangements. Please keep on fighting for law and order.”
Max Rymer, Minnesota’s Republican National Committee Committeeman, seemed to answer the question with a post of his own.
The organizer of this Go Fund Me, Kari Brynne, updated the donation page. She stated:
“After speaking to Mr. Conleys family, they have decided that the other kid that was shot needs the help more. So from here on out this $ will be for Andre Kelley. Mr. Kelley is fighting for his life and is in [sic] more dire financial need. Please know that this $ will Be handed to Andre K’s mother, Amanda.”
The GoFundMe page has a total of almost $3,000. There have been 56 donors (as of the date this is posted), and nearly 500 shares. The goal is $50,000.
Conley attended Patrick Henry High. He was a senior. Officials at the school identified Conley in a Facebook post.
Yusuf Abdullah, the principal at Patrick Henry High School, said to WCOO:
“Andre has a smile on him, especially when he’s in a good mood. Andre has a smile on him that would light up a room.”
This post received 151 reactions, 17 comments and 22 shares. The community reaction was of heartbreak. One lady wrote:
“Truly, truly sad news. A true bright light of a spirit, André.”
But Abdullah, and the family, has seen a massive support from the educators, and not just from Patrick Henry High School.
"Minneapolis . . . city completely and entirely out of control." North Community High School Principal Mauri Friestleben, reflecting on the shooting death of Andre Conley, 17-year-old high school senior and 59th homicide victim this year. https://t.co/wbCMqPHiIv via @alphanewsmn
— Paul D. Fuchs, M.D. (@PaulDFuchsMD1) September 17, 2020
Amidst distance learning, educators from different districts, showed their support to the family, the community, the students, and the school administration. Ms. Mauri Friestleben, the principal at North High School, told Abdullah:
“I hope that you see our presence here today means that you are not alone.”
She told WCCO:
“This is not Henry’s pain to grieve alone, it’s all of Minneapolis’ pain and MPS pain to bear together.”
Can we have Mauri Friestleben as mayor of Minneapolis rather than gumby man @MayorFrey.
— No More Mister Nice Guy (@enough_of_lies) September 17, 2020
There was a vigil on Wednesday.
North High principal Mauri Friestleben and other Minneapolis school officials gathered outside the store yesterday to remember Andre and speak out against the continued violence. "It feels like you walk into a classroom where the teacher has given up." https://t.co/hMuVlTJZeK
— Libor Jany (@StribJany) September 16, 2020
A Facebook Post on True North Minneapolis Legacy described it.
He spoke about Conley’s mother, two sibling and Aunt who were there.
“His aunt spoke of a good kid that had just started his senior year in high school… a kid that had goals for himself and was excited to be working for Lacy Johnson’s campaign… his aunt said he took the job to keep himself busy.”
The community ranging from classmates, to neighbors, to church members and activists, stood in prayer. They mourned for a life lost too soon. The poster struggled to tell Conley’s mother how sorry he was, and how at a genuinely loss looking into her grief-stricken face, he felt helpless.
He then went was filled with righteous indignation:
“How after all of the community meetings, all of the gatherings, all of the talks, the planning, the marching and everything that I alone have participated in, are our youth are still dying in the street in disturbingly increased numbers? I spoke with one school=teacher friend of mine at the vigil who has lost THREE of her kids this year to gun violence.”
He then called for something to be done:
“We as a community… as a WHOLE community need to rise to the occasion and DO SOMETHING. It’s only a matter of time before more blood will be shed…Talk is cheap for a young man who gave the most valuable asset he had for us to just allow this to continue…It’s not in me to just give up.”
The post received 118 responses. There were 22 comments and 4 shares.
One commenter said:
TY! From s mother of a murdered son of gun violence in North Mpls! Very well said.😢
The community is rapidly getting fed up with the violence:
The Minneapolis Police does not believe the shooting was politically motivated.
Shootings have skyrocketed in Minneapolis over the summer following George Floyd’s death on Memorial Day weekend. Floyd, if you’ll recall, was a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody.
-Shootings at a five-year high in Minneapolis, 400 shot this year
-Monday's 17-year-old murder victim was a GOP campaign intern
-Rift developing between former "dismantle the police" supporters on Minneapolis City Councilhttps://t.co/pGXlOmKuED
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) September 15, 2020
Including the death of Conley, this is the city’s “59th homicide victim of the year — and the ninth who was 18 or under “— according to a database maintained by the Star Tribune.
.@MinneapolisPD Chief Medaria Arradondo says about 100 cops have left his agency in 2020. (Normal is 40-45 in a year.)
Yet Arradondo pushes back on narrative that there aren't enough cops to respond to crime, says he's reorganized MPD to maintain patrol staff strength at 535.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) September 15, 2020
Arradondo acknowledges the number of staff separations may rise because of the number of cops making disability claims. (FOX 9 has previously reported that number at 150. It’s unclear how many of those have left the department vs returned to work.)
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) September 15, 2020
In 2019, the city had 48 homicides in total.
Tense meeting between Minneapolis council members and @MinneapolisPD Chief Medaria Arradondo this morning about crime spikes, lack of police response.
— Theo Keith (@TheoKeith) September 15, 2020
Council Member Phillipe Cunningham said:
“What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is that colleagues who a very short time ago were calling for abolition are now suggesting we should be putting more funding and resources into MPD. We know this is not producing different outcomes.”
As Chair of the Public Health & Safety committee, I remain consistent, disciplined, & rooted in the latest research/science of violence studies & criminology. Business as usual won’t produce new outcomes. It’s time for a comprehensive, both/and approach to build a peaceful city. https://t.co/05DOMAgLH8
— Phillipe Cunningham (@CunninghamMPLS) September 16, 2020
Maybe Mr. Cunningham needs to drop the notion of defunding the police, and actually talking to them.
Perhaps an actual dialogue would be more beneficial, as well as supporting the police department? If the council stands against then they aren’t going to go out of their way to help people who hate them. You know, common sense 101.
But, Arradondo pointed out that 100 officers left his agency this year. Usually there are only 40-45 departures yearly.
There are also the disability claims that are doubling. Ron Meuser, an attorney who represents the Minneapolis Police Federation regarding disability claims said that 175 officers are making medical claims due to post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Does anyone really blame them? Most would have PTSD after what the council has put them through. Moral is probably at it’s lowest.
Rep. Omar has yet to address the issue of Mr. Conley’s death on her social media. But, then again, she’s really busy hating on the rich, and her determination to get Trump out of office is on par with AOC. Aren’t those two squad members?
You would think squad members would be more badass – like women cops in uniform holding their guns chasing down a bad guy. But no, instead, you have a bunch of pathetic lawmakers who only know how to scream.
They say they care about the people but… obviously, if they did they would stop a second and mourn the deaths in their city. But, who knows, maybe they bask in the blood of violence like that one chick who used to bathe in virgin blood thinking it kept her young.
Who was it? Nancy Pelosi or someone else?
The Minneapolis City Council has considered the idea of abolishing the police department, but its plans have been stalled. A campaign aide for Johnson told Fox 9 that the death of the colleague is proof that the city needs new leadership.
After the past summer, this is more of a nail in the coffin or beating a dead horse that yes, the current leadership in the city is about as effective as watching paint dry.
Minneapolis police say “autonomous zone” blocked police, EMS response to brutal assault
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- Maybe they should call it East CHAZ…or Eastern CHOP.
Whatever it is, this is probably the best kept secret in the era of 2020-The “Peaceful” Protests.
According to KSTP-5 in Minneapolis, there is apparently an autonomous zone in downtown Minneapolis around a memorial dedicated to George Floyd, apparently known as “The Free State of George Floyd.”
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or course, Floyd died in police custody back in May, which sparked a summer of “peaceful protests,” otherwise known as riots.
The autonomous zone, comprised of four city blocks in the south part of the city, was apparently the scene of an incident in August where a local business owner was assaulted during a robbery, according to surveillance video obtained by the outlet.
The zone apparently resulted in a delay for both police and EMS to respond to the scene to provide assistance to the victim.
KSTP obtained surveillance video which showed the victim, who is the owner of a body shop on Chicago Avenue being assaulted in the middle of the area inside an “autonomous zone” near “George Floyd Square.”
According to Minneapolis police, it took an EMS crew around 14 minutes to reach the victim.
A George Floyd autonomous zone in Minneapolis is blocked off by barricades & checkpoints. A business owner within zone was violently beaten unconcious by a man who demanded money. Responding police & ambulance were stopped by aggressive protesters. #BLM https://t.co/8FJduWFC50 pic.twitter.com/yKCwgaRRac
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 18, 2020
KTSP obtained an internal Minneapolis PD report which stated:
“The crowd from the George Floyd Memorial began moving toward us and people were hollering that they were going to kick our asses and that we would have to kill them.”
It isn’t known why the Minneapolis police did not comply with their request.
Of course, the “peaceful protesters” disagreed with the police department’s assessment of the incident, with a woman named Marcia Howard claiming the incident report filed by the MPD was “misleading at best and false at worst.”
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Because as history has proven, Black Lives Matter protesters never interfere with emergency services trying to perform their jobs.
“They came in unimpeded, unfettered with EMS,” Howard said. “They are not being met with violence or hostile crowds and any suggestion otherwise is a blatant lie.”
9.11.2020 / Minneapolis, MN
The Free State of George Floyd is a autonomous zone run by the locals, hosting George Floyd’s memorial, community gardens, medic stations neighbours, memorial cemetery, hygienic stations, and vibrant local art. organisations. pic.twitter.com/ESY282AHaL
— niyen ⚡️ (@niyenk_) September 13, 2020
KTSP reached out to both Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and City Coordinator Mark Ruff, who refused to speak to the station. They also reached out to City Council President Lisa Bender, who didn’t return a message asking for comment.
Bender you may recall a couple of months back asked for the police department to be disbanded, but recently must have forgotten that because she is now wondering where the police are? Apparently she’s a bit confused.
I swear it's on the tip of my tongue… pic.twitter.com/QAHCcI1Wjm
— 👺Michael Beacon 🐸🍙🍶 #7legions Coming SOON! (@7LegionsBeacon) September 18, 2020
@lisabendermpls in June you said calling the police comes from a place of privilege. Now crime is skyrocketing and you are complaining cops don’t arrest enough people. Shame on you for what you and your colleagues wrought on this cityhttps://t.co/8fr39pPh1y
— St Nick (@StNick313) September 16, 2020
A spokesman of the city of Minneapolis denied the existence of any type of autonomous zone, issuing a statement which said in part:
“There is no autonomous zone in the area of 38th and Chicago Avenue or anywhere else in the City of Minneapolis. Laws and enforcement responsibilities have not changed for any part of the city.”
In an apparent dose of dyslexia, the same statement said that the city is “in negotiations with people occupying the zone and is working toward a phased reopening of the area sometime ‘before winter.’”
Meanwhile the victim of the assault, who asked only to be identified by his first name of Dan, was knocked unconscious during the assault and robbery at Mill City Auto Body during the Aug. 5 incident.
“I had a broken cheekbone, teeth missing, stitches in my head and I was knocked out,” Dan said.
“It took police and the ambulance a very long time to get here because they had a hard time getting inside the barricades.”
Those are apparently the barricades the city says do not exist.
Father of teen killed near Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone’ files $3 billion in claims: ‘Suing them all’
August 29, 2020 – SEATTLE, WA – Politicians allowed a group of violent anarchists to take over a 6-block area of Seattle.
Some called it the CHOP, others, the CHAZ. Whatever they called it, the area was a haven for lawlessness.
The leaders blocked off the streets. They prevented people from walking through the area if they didn’t want them there.
They extorted business owners for “safety”. The terrorized residents. People were brutally attacked.
Some lost their lives. One of those people was Lorenzo Anderson, a 19-year-old black man.
And the politician’s allowed it to happen. Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan, said that the zone was patriotic. She said that “it could be the summer of love.”
Tell that to Horace Anderson. He is Lorenzo’s father.
Mr. Anderson is suing the city of Seattle, King County, and the state of Washington for $1B each. He is seeking $3B total. His attorney has filed wrongful death claims against each of the entities.
“We don’t exactly know where blame lies so we’re putting all the entities on notice and will begin the discovery process and flush out justice,” attorney Evan M. Oshan, told The Seattle Times.
The Associated Press reported that Anderson’s mother, Donnitta Sinclair Martin is also filing a suit against the city for an undisclosed amount.
Her claim was based on the belief that officials allowed the zone to be created and that police and fire officials failed to protect or medically assist her son.
Keep in mind, responding officers were prevented from entering the area by the crowds of people.
Some told officers that Anderson had already been transported to the hospital, where he died. After the 911 call, paramedics were staged nearby, but also could not enter the dangerous area until police had it secured.
The city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Service, along with the county Department of Executive Services have acknowledged receipt of the claims filed by Horace Anderson, but refused to comment, citing policies regarding comments on pending claims.
Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services said they have not received anything as of yet.
The autonomous zone where Lorenzo was killed was founded as part of the Black Lives Matter protests that started after the death of George Floyd. Two of the central themes of those protests have been “defunding the police” and “Democrats love us, Trump is evil.”
Ironically, Anderson received a call from the President.
“Incredibly, Donald Trump called me. The President of the United States called me and talked to me today. He gave his condolences, and me, I’m not a political guy. I told him, ‘Nobody likes you.’ I’m real. But I will tell you on this camera, Donald Trump called me and he didn’t have to call me.”
He had not heard from the mayor or the governor after his son’s death.
“It’s like they didn’t care, it didn’t matter. I haven’t heard from the mayor, from the police department. No city. Nobody.”
Here is the latest that we had reported on Anderson’s death and the pursuit of the suspect who allegedly fled the state.
SEATTLE, WA –He’s accused of murdering someone in the CHOP / CHAZ zone. Now police know who he is… they just don’t know where to find him.
Police have identified and charged a suspect in the murder of 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson, who was one of the people murder in Seattle’s CHOP/CHAZ while it was in full swing. However, police have still not apprehended the suspect in question.
Murder charges filed against teen (Marcel Levon Long) – in fatal shooting inside the #CHOP
Prosecutors approve a warrant for $2 million for Long.https://t.co/WvGBhVPkSF#KOMONews #seattleprotests pic.twitter.com/wd8n16LRSy
— Ryan Yamamoto KOMO (@YamsTV) August 6, 2020
Police say that 18-year-old Marcel Levon Long is the man responsible for killing Anderson on June 20th while the unchecked CHAZ/CHOP was still ongoing in Seattle. Authorities apparently likened Long as a suspect one day after the shooting, but have been unable to catch up with him since the identification of him as a person of interest.
Now police have officially charged the suspected and have reason to believe that he has fled the state to avoid arrest and prosecution.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office stated that they have high-quality video surveillance of what appears to be the moments before Long gunned down the 19-year-old near Cal Anderson Park.
Police say that Long produced a handgun after an interaction with Anderson and began following the victim while he tried to walk away from whatever confrontation was ongoing.
Investigators believe there may have been a longstanding feud of sorts between the suspect and the victim, with Long catching up with Anderson and allegedly getting into a fist fight with him and later firing his gun twice at the victim.
Charges have been filed against Marcel Levon Long for allegedly murdering Lorenzo Anderson in the CHOP
It's worth noting that Kshama Sawant blamed the violence in the CHOP on white supremacists.https://t.co/hTENhJtqsa
— Maria No Mercy Viti (@selfdeclaredref) August 6, 2020
Unsurprisingly, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant went immediately for pegging “right-wing hate & violence” as being responsible for the murder of Anderson. Based upon the suspect at-large, that theory seems to be debunked.
Right-wing hate & violence has grown dramatically with Donald Trump. If this killing turns out to be a right-wing attack, Trump bears direct responsibility. He has fomented reactionary hatred specifically against the CHOP, even threatened to send militaryhttps://t.co/MZnxGPftFx
— Kshama Sawant (@cmkshama) June 20, 2020
Law Enforcement Today has been following the details on this investigation for some time. Here’s our previous report as the investigation was still developing.
In the weeks following the murder of 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., a grieving father was left with more questions than answers – and he’s not even received a single word or condolence from the very city’s mayor that allowed CHOP to run amok which led to a young man being killed.
The father of Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., a 19-year-old shot and killed in Seattle in a police-free zone formed amid protests over police killing of George Floyd, says he got a condolence call from Trump yesterday.https://t.co/d7UUef23df
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 3, 2020
Yet, President Donald Trump personally reached out to this grieving father on July 2nd – on the day that father buried his son.
The 50-year-old father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr., stated the following about the interaction with the president:
“Incredibly, Donald Trump called me. The President of the United States called me today. He gave his condolences, and me, I’m not a political guy. I told him, ‘Nobody like you.’ I’m real. Donald Trump called me and he didn’t have to call me.”
Hundreds were said to have gathered during the services held in Kent, Washington on July 2nd. The father of the slain young man described the pain he’s be experiencing while coping with the loss of his son:
“I haven’t been able to sleep. I wake up in the middle of the night. I go look for him. He ain’t there.”
Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr. left behind his father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Sr. Remember his sleepless face, his tears, and his pleas that PEACE replace anger, division, and violence. No father should have to bury his son. 🙏Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images pic.twitter.com/EJ0d6FwYnA
— Kyrie Remark (@KyrieRemark) July 1, 2020
Anderson Jr. was shot dead on June 20th, yet the CHOP area in Seattle where he was killed was virtually left undisturbed for weeks after. When the shooting occurred, neither police nor paramedics responded to the area, citing concerns over the occupants present at the time.
Young Anderson’s father was deeply troubled at how his son was simply hauled off by those present at CHOP, who delivered him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead:
“My son, he needed help. And they shouldn’t be picking kids up and throwing them in their trunk and taking them to the hospital. The paramedics should have been there. The police should have been there.”
During an appearance on Fox New’s show Hannity on July 1st, Anderson Sr. commented on how there wasn’t any communication from officials about his son’s murder in the weeks that followed:
“It’s like they didn’t care, it didn’t matter. I haven’t heard from the mayor from the police department. No city. Nobody.”
This is absolutely heartbreaking and one of the most powerful interviews I’ve seen. I’ll not forget Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr. and his son, Jr. This man didn’t get a briefing. He has to bury his son who died in the streets of America as a civilian in Seattle. Life is treasure.🙏 pic.twitter.com/BrHLULXS9M
— Bonnie Chambers (@BonnieC919) July 2, 2020
The victim’s cousin, 19-year-old Abrionna Anderson, said the following about her cousin during the services held on July 2nd:
“I have no other friends like that, honestly. Every day we were together. My home was his second home and it’s so heartbreaking to me.”
To date, there have been no arrests made with regard to the murder of Anderson Jr., with no indication if there are any suspects or persons of interest with the case.
While the CHOP area has been cleared out since the murder last month, it’s unclear how much evidence was gathered or preserved following the young man’s death.
The existence of the CHOP/CHAZ zone should have never gone on as long as it did, while Mayor Durkan described it as the “summer of love” on June 11th, a father had to watch a situation go unchecked for nearly two weeks after his son was murdered.
We at Law Enforcement Today would like to extend our prayers to this father. No father should have to lose their son like this, but to be kept in the dark without so much as a call from officials for nearly weeks is simply abhorrent.
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