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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, July 3, 2006

Minneapolis is Fighting Crime With Lemonade

From a city beleaguered by a wave of murders, Minneapolis police believe they've hit on a new crime-fighting tool: lemonade. After a test-run in north Minneapolis last week, police officers today will set up a lemonade stand at the intersection of 22nd Avenue North and Sixth Street North. The area has been battered by crime this year, particularly violent crime.

"We're putting the lemonade stand right in the middle of these high-crime neighborhoods," said Mark Klukow, a street cop and 11-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department and the one who came up with the idea.

"Putting the cops in these high-risk neighborhoods literally shuts down crime," he said. "We were in sight -- literally in sight -- of three dope houses. They were perturbed that we were there. Their clients moved. On a Friday, I would guess they (dealers) would dump half of their marijuana that they dump in a given week, because it's payday for a lot of people, and they want to have some for the weekend." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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