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Minneapolis Police adding foot patrols in hopes of lowering violence

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 Minneapolis police say they have arrested a juvenile in Thursday night’s deadly shooting and now the department is adding extra patrols in hopes of keeping the north side from continuing to have a violent summer.

“It’s more than just driving around in squad cars, it’s about having a relationship, being able to be personable with the community members,” said Officer Brandon Bartholomew. “Some gang members are willing to give us information and that’s our main goal is to gain intelligence and find as many guns as we can because that’s what’s killing people out here.”

Less than 24 hours earlier, an argument on a city bus led to gunfire a few blocks away leaving a 41 year old man dead and a teenager behind bars. It’s the latest act of violence in a summer already filled with them. Police are now adding four extra officers to patrol the north side for the rest of the summer.

“I hope it will make a difference,” said Jerome C. Copeland of Centered on Youth. “If you go about it right, it should come out right.”

So far this year the number of guns taken off the streets in north Minneapolis is up 32 percent compared to the same time period last year. But some worry more police will mean more stops and pat downs particularly with young African American males.

“We’re not out here walking around for our health benefits, we are out here because we care about the community,” Officer Bartholomew said.

The added patrols are part of a $300,000 plan to help crime plagued neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Police are also adding a handful of officers in south Minneapolis to stop a rash of break-ins and armed robberies.

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