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On August 2, 2019 at about 5:00 pm, officers responded to a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the 900 block of 42nd Street West. When they arrived, they spoke with a man inside the parked car and observed that there were also firearms inside the vehicle. There is no known connection to the Barton School building or to Barton students or personnel. There were no threats made regarding anyone by the man.
Minneapolis Police Department’s 5th Precinct will be holding a meeting regarding this incident. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 21st, from 6-7pm in the 5th Precinct’s Community Room. The Precinct is located at 3101 Nicollet Ave S. There is a public parking lot off of 1st Ave and 31st Street that you can park at and enter through either the 1st Ave door or Nicollet Ave door. The City of Minneapolis Community Attorney will be present, along with Inspector Amelia Huffman, Jennifer Waisanen (our Crime Prevention Specialist) and someone from the Minneapolis Public School and Safety Board. They will share the public details of the incident, talk about what they are doing and what the community can do to ensure public safety, and then open it up for brief questions in the end.
This info was provided from the 5th precinct:
On August 2, 2019 at about 5:00 pm, officers responded to a 911 call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the 900 block of 42nd Street West. When they arrived, they spoke with a man inside the parked car and observed that there were also firearms inside the vehicle. They took possession of the firearms while they spoke with the man. Ultimately, they retained the firearms and inventoried them in the MPD Property & Evidence Unit for safekeeping. No one was arrested at the scene and there is no information that the firearms were obtained unlawfully.
There is no known connection to the Barton School building or to Barton students or personnel. There was also no threats made regarding anyone by the man. The supervisor of the school resource officers working in Minneapolis schools has reviewed the information about this incident. We have talked with the Minneapolis Public Schools Office of Emergency Management, Safety & Security and the officers in the 5th Precinct and the MPD School Resource Officers will continue to work with Minneapolis Public Schools to respond to safety concerns.
- The owner will need to be able to pass a firearms background check or obtain a court order before the firearms will be released to him.
- A combination of Federal and State laws outline who may or may not be in possession of a firearm, what conditions disqualify someone from firearm possession, and limits on what types of firearms can be possessed. MN law also sets out the processes for a resident to obtain a permit to purchase a firearm from a firearms dealer and for residents to obtain a permit to carry a gun. For further information about MN laws related to purchasing and carrying guns, please see: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/bca-divisions/administrative/Pages/firearms.aspx
- This background check will find any disqualifying conditions that would prohibit the owner from possessing a firearm. A list of disqualifiers can be found here: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/624.713
- We have circulated the details of this incident among officers in the precinct so they will also be aware of this incident and able to keep an eye out for the vehicle that was involved.
- Investigators in the Weapons Unit are reviewing the incident in more depth including tracing the firearms.
- We encourage anyone in the neighborhood to call 911 if they see someone behaving in a way that raises concerns that a crime has been or is about to be committed or that the person may need medical attention or crisis intervention.
MPS has robust emergency plans in place to prevent, mitigate and respond to safety incidents. Please let us know if you have questions.
Jennifer Waisanen, Crime Prevention Specialist, City of Minneapolis- MPD 5th PCT
612-673-5407 | Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Crime prevention resources: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/
Crime maps and statistics: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-statistics/
On Thursday, August 15th, everyone is invited to attend a community conversation about the needs or concerns specific to the immigrant community as the Hennepin County’s Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation seeks to develop an inclusive community advisory board. The meeting is open to anyone who lives in Hennepin County, including youth and adults of all ages.
The meeting will take place on 8/15, from 6-9pm, at Wood Lake Nature Center (in the Fireplace Room), 6710 Lake Shore Drive, in Richfield. If interested, please RSVP to email@example.com.
For more information, please click here to read the attached flyer, or call 612.928.7744.
Texting while driving has been against the law in Minnesota for years, but you could still legally pick up your phone to answer a call while behind the wheel.
Those days are numbered. The state’s hands-free cellphone driving requirement kicks in August 1, meaning holding your phone while operating a motor vehicle is punishable by a $50 ticket on the first offense and $275 for tickets thereafter.
The new law allows drivers over 18 to use their cell phones to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts or get directions, but only by voice commands or single-touch activation without holding the phone.
For more information, visit https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx