post by John Hoff
I know it's hard to keep straight all the shootings, and memorials to shootings, and shootings at memorials to shootings, so let me break it down and make it plain.
A few years ago, a young man named Haywood Eaton was shot and killed at Broadway and Bryant Ave. N. by another young man named Denell Malone. Neither of these two young men was better than the other, it was just fate that Malone got the drop on Eaton rather than...
...the other way around. This is, in fact, the case with many if not the majority of adult shooting "victims" in North Minneapolis.
In the customary way, a "memorial" arose at the spot where Haywood Eaton died, complete with booze bottles and other sad little offerings. In September of 2010, when members of Eaton's family were paying tribute at the memorial, a small riot broke out and there was a shooting a couple blocks away. Click here for Star Tribune story.
According to a high ranking public official who provided me the information, THAT police response cost exactly $14,340.
A couple nights ago, there was ANOTHER incident at the memorial. Two people were shot. Click here for Star Tribune story.
So how much did THAT police response cost? Unknown, but my source figures it would be about the same as the previous police response.
Stay tuned, I have dug up the extensive criminal record for Haywood Eaton's mother and I will be publishing it soon.
In the meantime, I would like to ask: Can our city afford the cost associated with these "memorials?" Shouldn't all these memorials be taken down shortly after they are erected, before passions grow hot, violence takes place and ching-ching-ching the taxpayers have to foot the bill, AGAIN?