On Minneapolis' North Side, residents question calls to defund police
June 24, 2020
Blasts rang out as Keion Franklin pulled up to a red light in north Minneapolis on Monday. He thought at first that he heard firecrackers, but he quickly realized they were bullets when he saw nearby pedestrians begin to scatter. Franklin ducked, honked the horn and raced around the corner.
The shots kept coming - he thought he heard at least 30 - and struck four people, including a man Franklin knew from working with youth at Farview Park.
Still wearing a neon vest from his job at a cement company, Franklin watched in wary disbelief as police sealed off the stretch of Lyndale Avenue north of W. Broadway. He had been thinking about crime, the roles police play and the meaning of racial justice more than ever since the May 25 killing of George Floyd under the knee of a Minneapolis cop and the "defund police" movement that followed.