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On Minneapolis' North Side, residents question calls to defund police


Richard Tsong-Taatarii – Star Tribune

Keion Franklin was driving through north Minneapolis on Monday afternoon when dozens of gunshots rang out and he narrowly escaped injury. The shooting, which wounded an acquaintance, left him doubting that defunding police can work everywhere in the city, especially higher crime areas of the North Side.

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.


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