1 important fact about the Minneapolis police department

A shockingly low number of Minneapolis police officers live in the city

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Here on the east side of the Mississippi last night, all was quiet. I took a run through my St. Paul neighborhood. Kids were scrambling around yards and gardens, dads grilling out, mothers and grandmothers sitting on stoops in the evening cool. Across the river, the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis roiled, first with protest, then with rioting now jumping over to my part of town as I write (the distinction between the two — and the irrelevance of this awful looting, arson, and violence to the validity of the peaceful demonstrations — should go without saying).

The occasion is the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers. Accused of attempting to spend a fake $20 bill at a local grocery, Floyd died on camera with a cop's foot on his neck, his face pressed into the pavement as he pleaded that he could not breathe and called out for his mother. Bystanders told the police they were killing him. "Don't do drugs, guys," one snarked in reply.

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.