Contributed photos, blog post by John Hoff
I'm told that Lowry Ave. N. and Emerson Ave. N. is the hottest place, lately, to get your 9-1-1 buzz as NoMi "Revitalizers" drive around, look for trouble, and call police. Hey, it's what we do.
A few days ago the citizen who contributed the above photos was in the Emerson/Lowry area, saw "four punks hanging around," and instantly called 9-1-1 to report "loitering at a known drug dealing location."
In a mere "three or four minutes" the citizen witnessed three squads swoop down from three different directions, cuff the punks while the punks spread 'em on the hoods and got frisked. Sadly, the citizen was in a rush doing something productive (i.e., not hanging around at a known drug corner) and wasn't able to see "who walked, and who took a ride."
Word is some "revitalizers" will actually make small wagers on how many detained punks get released and how many are hauled off. For example, "I will bet you a drink at Donny Dirk's Zombie Den the punk in the blue shirt gets to walk and the punk in the black hoodie gets cuffed and stuffed."
Sigh. Something to look forward to when I leave Afghanistan and return to my North Minneapolis neighborhood. 9-1-1 drinking games.
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