Brooklyn Park police Inspector Mark Bruley told those at the community meeting Tuesday at College Park that he appreciated their patience early in the investigation. “I really appreciate you trusting me, and I thank you for that,” he said.

Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Brooklyn Park residents praise police for arrest

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET
  • Star Tribune
  • May 15, 2012 - 9:40 PM

Brooklyn Park residents at a community meeting Tuesday evening praised police for the arrest of a St. Louis man charged with murder in the shooting deaths of a Brooklyn Park day-care owner and her elderly parents.

"I came to stand with the neighbors and tell the police, 'Thank you for the good work,'" said Innocent Barasa, 55, who has lived in Brooklyn Park for seven months. The crowd applauded when he said he had always felt the residents were "in good hands."

At an earlier meeting, shortly after the shooting deaths on April 9 of DeLois Brown and her parents at her home on College Park Drive, police hadn't been able to answer many of the questions residents asked.

But Tuesday evening, Inspector Mark Bruley, north precinct commander for Brooklyn Park police, told about 50 residents that Eddie Matthew Mosley, 34, had been charged with the triple homicide. Police said that Mosley went to the house to kill a 15-year-old relative that he had been accused of raping last fall.

Bruley said authorities weren't able to answer many of residents' earlier questions because they didn't want to jeopardize the investigation.

"I really appreciate you trusting me, and I thank you for that," Bruley said at Tuesday's meeting.

City Council Member Mike Trepanier said he always believed police would make an arrest.

"I think we're going to continue what we're doing because it's working," Trepanier said, about the city's policing efforts.

John Holm, who has lived in the city for about 25 years and who had attended the previous meeting, said the police did an excellent job communicating with residents.

"I think the police deserve more credit than they get," Holm said.

The arrest in the triple homicide came after a manhunt that involved 30 investigators from law enforcement agencies in Minnesota and Missouri.

While there has been an arrest, Bruley said, police and residents still need to retain an ongoing relationship.

"We have learned over time we need to be connected with the neighborhoods. We need to be connected with the people," Bruley said. "Ridding our community of crime is a partnership."

Holm said that, if anything, he hoped that the recent tragedy will make more residents active in their community and in maintaining its safety.

"Unfortunately, things like this hopefully bring a neighborhood together."

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