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The idea that there are six major crime groups in the city struck Rev. Jerry McAfee of New Salem Baptist Church as “about right.” “It’s a small number of people,” he said.
Samuels’ prescription for dealing with the problem rang too familiar for McAfee, though, as he recalled a similar program that was supposed to take place under former Fourth Precinct Inspector Lee Edwards. Back then, Edwards, Spike Moss and Minneapolis police officer Mike Martin (who would later go on to head the Fourth Precinct) were supposed to introduce a program that would address some of the city’s worst criminals head on by bringing them into McAfee’s church, have a community intervention with them, and talk about changing behavior.
The program didn’t get off the ground, but McAfee said to hear Samuels talking now about something similar made him wonder why it took so long to introduce.
“Why can’t you do that now in the seat that you’re in?” he asked.
When he was a sergeant on the Minneapolis Police Department, Greg Hestness drew up a list of repeat offenders in property crimes. Hestness, now the chief of police at the University of Minnesota, said he and another officer who wrote the list called it their “Top 40.”
“There’s a limited number of career offenders who are responsible for a vastly disproportionate amount of crime,” he said.
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