Friday, September 15, 2006

More Reporting On University Of Minnesota Violence

You haven't seen this in the Red Star to date.

KARE 11 News reports on the fallout from the savage beating of University of Minnesota student Mike Murphy:

A 21-year-old honor student at the University of Minnesota and avid skier, Murphy was set to graduate in three-and-a-half years this December.

But that all changed when he ran into trouble early last Saturday morning while walking with friends to their apartment on the East Bank.

"His recollection is sketchy," Dan Murphy, Mike's dad said. "He remembers getting hit from behind literally and on the ground he remembers being pummeled."

Police say as many as six people took turns beating Murphy. It finally ended when a friend called 911 and the assailants ran off.
The East Bank seems to be the nexus of incidents involving random mob violence:

Every student and faculty member on the Twin Cities campus will get an email Friday morning with a warning from University Police. That's because Murphy was just one of three severe, random beatings of students on the East Bank last weekend.
"This is very uncommon," said Lt. Chuck Miner of the U of M Police Department. "These appear to be very random acts; no robbery involved just walking along and got assaulted."
The random nature of the assaults is particularly troubling, because you're not targeted for certain behaviors; you're targeted because you are simply there.

KARE 11 News, as usual, has done some nice reporting here. Read the whole thing, then contact Mayor Rybak and ask him what meaningful action he is taking to rid his city of the seemingly endless supply of vicious thugs. Why do criminals in Minneapolis seem to feel they can rob, beat, and kill with impunity?