Monday, March 13, 2006

New Minneapolis Homicide

As Minneapolis catapaults headlong into the spring season of violence, the murder rate appears to be picking up steam.

Violent armed robberies have been the crime of choice in Minneapolis over the winter, but it appears that murderers don't want to be left out of the action. Saturday night's murder was Minneapolis' 10th of the year, as the Red Star reports: "Minneapolis shooting death came during visit to friends".

Michael J. Eide was found apparently shot to death in north Minneapolis.

Chao Xiong, Star Tribune

Michael J. Eide never made it from one friend's house to another's Saturday night as he walked the six blocks between them.

His father, Arnie Eide, said his 26-year-old son was on his way to the second friend's home when he was shot to death in the Jordan neighborhood. Police found Eide's body about 12:10 a.m. Sunday on the boulevard between Logan and Morgan Avenues N. at 29th Avenue N.

He died of gunshot wounds, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.
In fairness, but not as an excuse, walking in the middle of a weekend night in the Jordan neighborhood is a high risk activity. That neighborhood is rife with violence on any given night. That said, a murder is a murder, and just because its "always been that way" doesn't make the city "leaders" any less responsible for letting the criminals run wild.

Mr. Mayor: It's time to clean up your city. Turn the task over to law-and-order conservatives; they'll get the job done for you. If you don't, this spring or summer you may see State Troopers called in like they were a decade ago.

Somebody has to do something, and you've demonstrated that that someone isn't you.