Nine-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith was struck by a stray bullet on May 15th and passed away yesterday at North Memorial Health Hospital. Trinity is the second child to pass away of three children who were shot in North Minneapolis in recent weeks.
Today, May 25, is the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. The Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statement:
Six-year-old Aniya Allen was shot in the head during a shooting in North Minneapolis on Monday. She passed away at the Hennepin County Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon.
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic killing of Aniya Allen and I express my deepest condolences to her family and loved ones as they mourn this incredibly painful loss. I stand with the families of Aniya Allen, Ladavionne Garrett Jr., Trinity Ottoson-Smith, and the families of all innocent children who have suffered at the hands of gun violence in our city in recent weeks.”
The Minnesota Senate adjourned on Monday evening without passing a budget. In response, Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement:
[Release from Governor’s office] Governor Walz Joins Bipartisan Leaders in Minnesota Legislature to Call for Action on Police Reform
Governor Tim Walz today joined bipartisan leaders in the Minnesota Legislature to call for action among Minnesota Senate Republicans on police reform, following the passage of meaningful police reform legislation in the Minnesota House.