Minnesota Officials Offer $180,000 to Gather Information for Three Child Shootings

By: Tadi Abedje

There is another serious situation in the state of Minnesota amid the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. After worldwide protests and demonstrations, former officer Derek Chauvin, who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was found guilty on all three counts and was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. 

Almost a year later since the day of Floyd’s murder, there have been three young Black kids who have been shot within a few weeks of each other. They are six-year-old Aniya Allen, nine-year-old Trinity Rayne Ottoson-Smith and 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr. 

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“How are y’all so comfortable with not speaking up, saying something? Should no parent have to live this nightmare. Somebody knows something. How is your conscience not eating you up?” Sharrie Jennings, Ladavionne Garrett Jr.’s grandmother, said to CBS Minnesota in June. 

To help answer why these three victims were shot, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Apprehension will reward up to $180,000 to whoever can help. They, along with Minneapolis police, are looking into the matter to give closure to the families of the victims. 

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“I want to make sure that our city understands that our families, they need a sense of closure. They have not received that yet. As police officers who have taken a swore of oath to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, to protect our most precious resources, our children, we need to get closure on this as well,” said Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo in a news conference. 

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