City Leaders Brainstorm How to Reduce Violence Involving Black and Native American Men

August 23, 2017 10:50 PM

Twin Cities leaders gathered in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday to discuss how to reduce gun-related violence involving black and Native American men.

The discussion was a part of the annual Cities United gathering.


According to city data, the number of gunshot victims has grown from 289 in 2016, to 317 in 2017.

"The rates of violence are unacceptably high," Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said.

 During the town-hall discussion, Hodges pledged to reduce the amount of gun violence among black and Native American men.

"We will cut the homicide rate of young black men and boys in half by the year 2025, because we can and we must," she said.

Hodges announced that $500,000 has been set aside to create a new blueprint for public safety, specifically along West Broadway Avenue and in the Little Earth Native American community.

South Minneapolis Resident Marcel Krumble said he was pleased to hear about the mayor's plans. Krumble said more age-appropriate programs for Twin Cities youth may be apart of the solution.

"(They need) some kind of organization so they can feel apart of something," he said.

Krumble lost a 17-year-old cousin to street violence and believes a mentor program could make a difference.

Part of the mayor's plan includes building a bigger pipeline of diversity into the police department, increasing culturally appropriate mental health programs, having community staffed safety patrols and extending the hours of youth services.


Beth McDonough

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