Minneapolis' bloody summer

A surge in gunshots in some areas have put the city on pace for its most violent year in a generation.


September 13, 2021

A mobile surveillance/light station has been in place for months on the corner of Nicollet Avenue and 14th Street to deter crime. Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii.

Etta Riley has learned to listen for a hiss when she hears pops erupt outside her Minneapolis townhouse.

The hiss brings relief. It means that bottle rockets are being fired in her neighborhood, not guns.

Riley, a 57-year-old school bus driver, remembers waiting for that reassuring sound one night in May. A group of strangers had gathered on a boulevard near her house - again - to throw dice, blast "cussing music" and drink from beer cans that would litter the street come morning. The gambling worried her. She has seen it lead to fights, which lead to guns. She called 911 and watched out the window as a police cruiser passed by and didn't even slow down.



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