Another crime scene mess leads to changes in Minneapolis

Minneapolis crime scene cleanup changes

MINNEAPOLIS - Changes are coming to the way Minneapolis cleans up crime scenes after yet another ugly mess upset some neighbors on the north side.
 
Jimmy Gipson says he was upset when he woke up to a murder outside his home at 31st and Colfax early Sunday morning.
 
"I was kind of scared," Gipson said. "I look outside and I seen the kids body just laid out on the ground."
 
He said it was hard to clear his mind even after police left, because of what remained.
 
"Very shocked," Gipson said. "Puddles of blood sitting there. I have my nieces and stuff, and they go outside and play and it was just sitting there."
 
Local resident and business owner, Phillip Murphy wasn't shocked, but he was upset.
 
"All of this was right here for 18 hours," Murphy said. "Big chunk of tissue right there. They don't clean it up."
 
He says he called the fire department back out to fix the problem Sunday night, but he says they used a fire hose, which made matters worse.
 
"It's scattered from up there all the way down into the storm drain," Murphy said. "They wash people down the drain in North Minneapolis."
 
In December, Phillip raised the same concerns after a shooting near 34th and Fremont. This time, he posted photos of the mess on Facebook to make a point.
 
"Today we're dropping a dime on city counsel," Murphy said. "We're calling them out. That's why we marked these (pieces of tissue) with dimes."
 
City Counselor Blong Yang responded to his concerns on Tuesday afternoon, visiting the scene to see for himself.
 
"We're trying to do the best that we can to clean it up," Yang said.
 
Starting this week, assistant fire chief Bryan Tyner says each fire truck will have a new cleaning kit on board, and crews will be required to use brushes, bleach and bio-bags to clean up scenes.
 
"I would like to think situations like this will become a thing of the past," Tyner said.
 
"I'm definitely glad about that," Gipson said. "So we know that our streets are clean."
 
Clean, but still a stain on the city.
 
"This is embarrassing," Yang said. "I mean, we need to do better."
 
Minneapolis police are responsible for notifying the Fire Department when they need help cleaning crime scenes. Both agencies will address the Minneapolis Public Safety committee on Wednesday to discuss their updated policy.


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