FB photo from Da Trend Setter, used under First Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism, blog post by John Hoff
This is something I stumbled upon while looking through the many Facebook friends of Jaylin Dubose, before his Facebook profile either disappeared or became inaccessible to me due to blocking. Dubose is named in a criminal complaint against Kyle Hickman, who is alleged to be an accomplice after the fact in the murder of Parrish Gray. The alleged murder weapon was found at 1715 Irving Ave. N.
Look closely at the number of the house in the photo above. Click on the image to make it larger if you must.
It says "1715." That's no coincidence. That's the house.
One of the FB friends of Dubose is a guy who goes by Da Trend Setter and I've seen his profile come up repeatedly when researching the social networks of criminally charged young people in North Minneapolis. Then again, to be fair, Da Trend setter has an incredible number of FB friends. But, on the other hand, Da Trend setter is incredibly devoted to the "thug life." So much so he almost appears to be, well, his nickname says it best. Where this guy leads on the streets, others appear to follow. In the photo above, I believe Da Trend Setter is seated second from the right.
And if you're thinking, gee, he KINDA looks like Jaylin Dubose then you and I would be thinking the same thing, though it's very clear Jaylin Dubose and Da Trend Setter are two separate people.
Maddeningly, Facebook is not used in this "thuggy" urban social circle in the familiar way it is used by many other people and social circles. Tagging of photos, for example, doesn't happen with much frequency. So it becomes difficult for an outsider to figure out "Who is that? Is that the same person from that OTHER profile?" This muddling, this confusion, may be deliberate. Also, "Da Trend Setter" only uses that nickname on FB. What's his real name? Who knows? But he appears to go by "Scootchie." Thus you have LAYERS of names. It takes a while just to figure out Da Trend Setter is "Scootchie."
OK, so who is "Scootchie?"
Nevertheless, I soldier on through the profiles, frequently hitting upon golden nuggets of fascinating info.
On January 3 of this year, Da Trend Setter did something incredibly innovative with his mobile phone and his Facebook profile, sparking a FB conversation with 119 responses.
That many responses on a Facebook PHOTO, mind you, not even in a conversation forum...
Da Trend setter took his mobile phone...I doubt if it worked exactly right the first time, I bet he had to take several photos to get it right, but get it right he did...and Da Trend Setter photographed a police report from almost half a year earlier. He photographed it so clearly that, with a little effort, anybody could read the report word-for-word on FB.
The specific, controversial subject matter of the report is what sparked the long, heated FB conversation, so I'm going to republish the report word-for-word. After that, you'll be treated to a long conversation in "thug-ese."
See how much of the conversation you can figure out.
I'll help, a little.
Ready? Here's the police report. Imagine yourself a thug, reading this, and knowing the people mentioned in the report.
Supplement of Off. D. Ledman (badge number) on 7/29/2011 03:59
At the listed date and time while working marked squad 421 Able, Squad 460 aired that they were behind MN Plate 630 AAP in the area of 18th Ave. N. and Newton Ave. N. The listed vehicle was suspect vehicle in a shooting on 7/27/2011 (CCN 11-220529) along with several other shots fired incidents.
(JNS says: This article, click here, seems to be about that 7/27/2011 shooting)
I assisted in a felony stop on the listed vehicle on Golden Valley Road, just west of Girard Ave. N. with several other squads.
The vehicle ended up being occupied by four individuals. Each individual was called out of the vehicle one at a time by assisting officers. I took custody and handcuffed the front seat passenger later ID'd as TEVIN TYRELL BARNETT DOB 4/16/95. Barnett is listed as A2 in my supplement as well as the CAPRS report.
As I handcuffed A2, he briefly uttered to me that he knows what this is about. I asked A2 what he was talking about and without hesitation, he said that "the gun is under the driver seat." I quickly secured A2 in the rear of my squad after pat frisking him for weapons, and informed other officers of what A2 had said due to the fact that they where (sic) still taking people out of the vehicle.
After officers removed all the occupants from the vehicle, I was informed that a handgun was in fact located under the driver seat along with several rounds of ammunition.
I informed A2 that he was under arrest for PC Weapons per Sgt. Young. I also informed A2 that the vehicle he was in was a suspect vehicle in a shooting the night before. A2 was very cooperative and wanted to speak with me, but I told him that he would have a chance to talk to an investigator within the next day or two.
I ID'd A2 via Juvenile HenRap. I transported A2 to the juvenile unit and he was processed by Sgt. Roering, (badge number). After A2 was processed at the juvenile unit, I booked him in at JDC for the weapons charge.
I collected A2's white T-shirt, gray sweat pants and blue/white tennis shoes and property inventoried them at headquarters.
Good work, officer. Now, here's the extensive, heated reaction of Da Trend Setter's social circle to what they're reading in this document, half a year after the incident.
Damn tevin frm da mob
(JNS says: Above is the title Da Trend Setter gave to the document)
An amazing conversation, isn't it?
How much can YOU understand?