It seems RT Rybak won't be diving off any floats in north Minneapolis any time soon. Yesterday he and police officials assembled in the area to make a major announcement about how they're going to fight the rapidly escalating violent crime in the city and they nearly got brained themselves:
But then several of the about 100 people gathered in the strip mall parking lot at W. Broadway and Dupont Avenue N. shouted down Mayor R.T. Rybak. Then they silenced interim Police Chief Tim Dolan. And then pretty much the rest of the assembled police and city officials who tried to describe the new plan, which will deploy as many as 40 officers daily to target members of three gangs police say are responsible for a large chunk of the violence on the North Side.
First to challenge the city leaders was Al Flowers, a member of a group designed to improve police and community relations. Like several other members of the crowd, he said he was concerned that the department's gang initiative will allow officers to racially profile young black men in North Side neighborhoods. He had to be restrained by officers and fellow community members.
Sounds to me like they need to design a group to improve relations between police and the group designed to improve police and community relations.