blog post by John Hoff
Northeast residents near 2419 Washington St. NE seem kind of surprised a murder took place in their neighborhood. I think editors at Fox 9 were surprised, too, when they realized the shooting happened in NorthEAST and not in, well, True North.
In fact, I'm pretty sure when the article was originally published, the headline said "North Minneapolis" instead of "Northeast." That's revealed by the URL of the article, which the internet magically creates when an article is first published but which stays unchanged even when a headline is edited:
Compare the URL to the headline now appearing on the article:
Man gunned down in car outside northeast Minneapolis party
See what I mean? An assumption based on a stereotype was involved when the article was first published. The article said "North Minneapolis" and not "Northeast Minneapolis." Which was why it turned up in my Google search for "North Minneapolis."
But I'm glad it did. Because I managed to find out some rather interesting facts to share...
Engaging in the usual, frustrating practice of mainstream media, Fox 9 says the article happened on the 2400 block of Washington St. NE. But then "B roll" camera footage of the duplex in question reveals the residence is 2417 and 2419 Washington St. NE.
A simple property search reveals the owner.
Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
Wow, to think that residents of that property were having a party at FOUR IN THE FREAKING MORNING. And then some (likely) no account was shot sitting in a car in front of the property.
Johnny Northside is shocked, appalled, surprised and amazed.
Your tax dollars hard at work, supporting unproductive lifestyle choices.
I look forward to the name of the shooting victim being released. Dollars to doughnuts this guy was the sort of thug life lowlife who, on a different day, was just as likely to be the SHOOTER.
Could it be that crime in North is already being driven out of the neighborhood because police are getting out of their cars and walking a beat?
That's my crackpot theory and I'm sticking to it.
(ADDENDUM, JUNE 3: Despite my earlier confidence the victim would turn out to be some kind of lowlife, I have to admit that a preliminary search of police records at this point reveals ONLY traffic citations. Here is a recent article from CBS Minnesota, click here, identifying the victim)