Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ALERT - Man beaten at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Local (Minneapolis) residents know that the jewels of the city are the 3-lake chain of Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Lake Harriet, with their walking paths, bike paths, and parkland. Lake Calhoun attracts a younger, somewhat wilder crowd, but the most trouble you might find is property crime - thefts from vehicles and the like. Lake of the Isles is quiet and more residential.

Lake Harriet has generally been considered the crown jewel of the three. Like the others, it's often crowded with families, and joggers, and walkers, and so on. It's very highly regarded. Lake Harriet was also considered the safest of the 3 primary lakes, with very little trouble.

Until now.

Channel 9 News reports tonight that a man was severly beaten by three teenagers while he was out for a walk. He suffered a broken pelvis and some other fractures. He is bruised and has lacerations. The news reported that the criminals came up behind him and pushed him over and stomped on his back and other body parts. He told them he had no money, but they continued the savage beating.

The man is an employee at a local hardware store in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis. Based on the news report, it appears that he is well-known and well-liked. Residents are fearful and a community meeting is to take place (location and time presently unknown).

What in God's name is going on in Minneapolis? Have thugs declared war on the good people of the city?