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Harteau: N. Mpls Violence Won’t Stop Even If ‘A Cop Is On Every Corner’

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis police chief plans to hit the streets herself Tuesday, just days after a violent weekend that left two shooting victims dead.

So far this year, at least 16 people have been killed in Minneapolis. Eleven of those suspected murders happened on the city’s north side.

Many in the community say enough is enough. They are tired of the violence that is claiming lives.

Many people say it’s up to the community to step up and be a part of the solution to crime on the north side.

“I worry about gunshots, I worry about getting jumped, I worry about, you know, getting robbed,” said Connie Rucker, who lives on the north side.

She says waiting for the city bus in north Minneapolis is something she doesn’t take lightly.

“I pray and I watch my surroundings,” Rucker said.

Rucker, like many who call north Minneapolis home, is concerned about the recent rash of shootings, which left three injured and two dead.

She and others think police are doing what they can but feel it’s time for the community to step up and bring about change.

Tommy Murdock, who also lives in north Minneapolis, says it’s time to put the neighbor back in the hood.

“It’s time to get back to ‘Hey neighbor, how you doing,'” he said. “You know, that builds the community.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau says the violence won’t stop, even if she has “a cop is on every corner.”

She says the violence is not just a police problem, it’s a community problem. She hopes to get the entire community involved to end the bloodshed.

Harteau says the biggest resource is the community, and with the help of people wanting change, it’s just a matter of time before it comes.

She says there are more officers patrolling the north side, and they are seizing more guns but shootings still happen. The chief is asking people to put their guns down.

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