Mayor Betsy Hodges takes heat for tweet following North Mpls triple shooting
Every morning, Betsy Hodges tweets an inspirational quote. She does this so regularly that MPR recently used the day-to-day times of Hodges's "quote" tweets to track her sleep cycle.
Most of the time, her tweets come and go without anybody batting an eye. But yesterday, as Minneapolis woke up to news of yet another shooting on the North Side, the mayor generated some heat with a tweet some thought was flippant.
Here's what she said:
If u have built castles in the air, ur work need not b lost;that is where they should b. Now put the foundations under them. -Thoreau #quote
— Betsy Hodges (@MayorHodges) July 9, 2014
And here were some of the responses, which channeled the criticism North Side Council Member Barb Johnson had for city officials recently, albeit in a more gruff manner:
@MayorHodges Bunch of shootings last night, and you're tweeting about castles in the sky. Ooook then.
— Marie Porter (@OverlordMarie) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges Mayor, ur r so out of touch with reality. You make our city look foolish. N Mpls needs ur help, not fancy poetry.
— Kim Rinde (@dreamspinner3) July 9, 2014
— Judi Stocker (@jstocker56) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges what Judi said. Please resign in shame before more die due to your incompetence.
— R. Steven Rogers (@rstevenrogers) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges We need some serious help with this city. What is the the plan?!?!
— Kelly Monson (@kelly_monson) July 9, 2014
— cenazoic (@cenazoic) July 9, 2014
— Zack Frank (@_gunforhire) July 9, 2014
— CrimeWatchNE (@CrimeWatchNE) July 10, 2014
On her own Facebook page, Hodges indirectly responded to the criticism by outlining her strategy for dealing with North Side public safety issues. Click to page two to read what she said.
From Hodges's Facebook:
I was out walking in North Minneapolis yesterday with community leaders, pastors, and the MPD. Had great conversations with folks about the community and about public safety. It was not the first time I had been there since I was elected - by far not the first time - and it won't be the last. I carried the message that it's important for me to be there in tough times, but that I know I have to be there regularly. It is not enough for me to decry violence when it happens. I am also continuing our long term strategies to end it, and thinking big picture about the future of our city's jobs and economic development and how importnant they are for North.
Meanwhile, Chief Janee Harteau and MPD have extra JET patrols out this summer - partnerships with other law enforcement agencies to coordinate and increase neighborhood coverage - as well as an 11 point strategy coordinated with other jurisdictions also desgined to increase public safety in North.
Again, I know short term strategies are necessary. I also know long term strategies are crucial. I am working on both. See you out there.
Meanwhile, over on Twitter, it was business as usual this morning:
— Betsy Hodges (@MayorHodges) July 10, 2014
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