Minneapolis’ ‘Little Mogadishu’ Sees 56 Percent Increase in Violent Crimes Caused by Somali Gangs

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Violent crimes increased by more than 50 percent in 2018 in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, nicknamed “little Mogadishu,” which authorities attribute to Somali gang activity in the area.

Buried in a recent Star Tribune article was the fact that violent crimes jumped from 54 in 2010 to 84 in 2018, an increase in roughly 56 percent. Authorities attribute the violence to rivalries between Somali gangs, such as the Somali Mafia, the Somali Outlaws, the Hot Boyz, and Madhibaan with Attitude, Alpha News reports.

According to a 2014 Southside Pride article, the Outlaws and Madhibaan with Attitude have a rivalry that stretches back years, and likely resulted in the murder of two Somali men in April 2014. That article notes that the summer of 2013 was a particularly bloody season for gang warfare, which produced at least 4 killings.

A 2013 CBS article detailed the involvement of the Outlaws, the Mafia, and another gang called the Lady Outlaws in a sex-trafficking ring that recruited and prostituted young girls, some of whom were under the age of 14, between 2000 and 2010. The ring was operated out of Minneapolis, Columbus, and Nashville, and resulted in the indictment of 30 individuals involved.

In 2008, the Minneapolis Police Department created a Somali liaison position to focus solely on addressing the issue. The department currently has 5 Somali-speaking officers to assist in outreach to the immigrant community. According an MPR report from the time, officers began to notice that Somali gangs were dividing themselves along the same clan lines of their war-torn country.

The issue first garnered national attention after a 2009 CBS News report titled “Rise of Somali Gangs Plagues Minneapolis,” though officers were still hesitant at the time to pin the crimes on Somali gang activity.

“It was all gang activity, totally, 100 percent,” Shukri Adan, a Somali community organizer, said of the murders of seven Somali men in a 10-month period. Adan was tasked with drafting a report for the City of Minneapolis in which he estimated that between 400 and 500 Somali men were involved in gangs.

“The police don’t want to say that but everybody else knows that,” he added.

The latest rise in violent crimes in the Cedar-Riverside area comes as a concern to many, considering that city leaders have started to invest in security upgrades and community-outreach programs. In May, for instance, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced that a high-rise apartment complex at the center of little Mogadishu would be receiving an $825,000 security upgrade, including fencing, key fobs, and numerous security cameras.

In December, the Minneapolis City Council voted to divert $43,000 from the Minneapolis Police Department to create a youth outreach team for the area, Minnesota Daily reports.

“Everybody’s gotten to the point where, hey, you know, we don’t need more police, we need more intervention,” one organizer in attendance said. Several businesses in the area have joined together to hire off-duty police officers to patrol the area, while others are donating food and beverages to hand out to youth roaming the streets.

The Star Tribune reports that the latest uptick in violent crimes is mostly due to a surge in robberies and assaults.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to anthony.gockowski@gmail.com.
Photo “Little Mogadishu” by Fibonacci Blue. CC BY 2.0.






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40 Thoughts to “Minneapolis’ ‘Little Mogadishu’ Sees 56 Percent Increase in Violent Crimes Caused by Somali Gangs”

  1. It is sad to see such violence no matter where it takes place. Very sad for the many good people who are impacted by it. I feel for them.

  2. Derrick Elliott

    Lol this article 6 years old, just stop it🤦🏾‍♂️ And also lol at Little Mogadishu😂

    1. Scott

      Does that mean it is much better now?

  3. AB

    If you import the third world, you will become the third world. Demographics is destiny.

    1. Bob

      Fact not fiction. Just look at what Europe has become. Welfare for all immigrants at natives expense.

  4. Clare

    The trouble makers need to be sent BACK TO SOMILIA. Let them see what real problems are and how lucky they are. If we do that, maybe the libs will change thelareir mind??????
    the cartels just shot journalists and threatened to blow up some newspaper offices if they continued printing any negative articles against the cartels.
    IT refuses to run columns and gives it to the Tenn. Newapaper, there is something rad.ically wrong. I am now down in Texas and the same thing here. I thought that Mexico was getting safe to travel because we had NO INFORMATIION on the cartels.The Brownsville paper was threatened if they kept reporting

  5. Gary Clark

    The democrats have lost their way,they are so radical,they are by their own words demosocialist,progressives and proud of it.So lets educate ourselves on what that means.I was a union man for 37 yrs. Most working class people were sold out and did’t idenifiy with new DEMOSOCIALIST PARTY OF NEW.Most AMERICANS want the same thing,stzble goverment who protects and defends the NATION.THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS WHERE MOST ACERAGE AMERICANS FEEL MOST REPRESENTED.

  6. maineiacgirl

    My home town of Lewiston, Maine is also facing this same problem. The “news” doesn’t report the crimes, the police don’t even document because the political agenda doesn’t want to see this uptick of crime in the area that would prove that brining these “refugees” into our country is a very bad idea. This is happening everywhere in the western world that has so ignorantly thought they could invite these people into their lives and they would somehow cease their lifestyle and live in peace among others.
    Look at every Muslim (or even Muslim majority) countries in the world – they’re ALL violent, cesspools where all others are treated as “less than” citizens.
    Wake up people. Our kids will be living in a world where there are more Muslims in the world than all others. What does that look like with no safe havens because we’ve allowed them to infiltrate and multiply in every country ? Why don’t Muslim countries welcome these “refugees” ? Because it’s not about escaping so much as it’s about spreading.
    We’re at a serious place right now.
    We need to remove this from our country before it’s too late and sadly have the population thinks WE are the haters for daring to speak about it.They don’t bother to look at the conditions in Muslim countries, they just eat up the nonsense claims that Muslims are the victims.
    Ignorance is going to rot us from the inside out 🙁

    1. Joe A.

      I’m from Lewiston as well. The Donald Giusti case says it all. Here was a man beaten to death by a gang of savage Somali thugs in Kennedy Park and the police have done next to nothing to try and apprehend his murderer, despite the fact that they have a very good idea who was responsible. Why? Because neither the LPD or the mayor wants to be perceived as being “anti-immigrant” or “racist”. They’re simply hoping the case will go away, but it won’t.

      Just a few weeks ago, Don Giuisti’s family and friends renewed their calls for justice, and even attempted to conduct a vigil on Knox st. where Giusti was murdered. A gang of Somalis promptly drove up and attacked them. Once again, the police have made no arrests. Coincidence?

      We need to start holding our politicians and police accountable. They’re supposed to be the ones protecting all if us from lawlessness, but they’ve not. Rest assured that if it had been a Somali beaten to death by a gang of whites this case would’ve been solved months ago. It’s a disgrace.

  7. […] Somali gangs in Minneapolis’ little Mogadishu increase crime 56%. […]

  8. Martha Geselle

    We have “rapugees” here in Idaho now, too. Some “youths” raped a five year old girl in a laundry room in Twin Falls, ID, and then urinated on her. They were so proud of themselves they filmed it. She is learning disabled. They hid their names and identities claiming they were “youths.” There is no defense for this type of sick behavior, and they need to be tossed over the edge of the gorge right in town where Evel Knievel tried his rocket jump. I guess politicians and cops families have to get hurt to get something done about these thugees…….

    1. Hardrockminer

      Somalian youth are often 30 year old men with heavy beards pretending to be 13. Their family gets welfare for many more years then if they told the truth. Somalians lie. It is their religious right to lie to infidels.

  9. Fred

    Can “technicals” use the carpool lane there?

  10. Morey

    We spend MILLIONS to bring over denizens from a “nation” known only for Sea Piracy, Blackhawk Down and avg 70 IQ scores. Then MN requested another million to discourage the from being “radicalized” -to stop killing us, presumably out of their gratitude for the invite.

  11. Les

    So how do average Americans fight against this problem?

    1. Sledge omalley

      Vote republican

    2. Nobama

      Take matters into our own hands!

    3. Nancy

      These Muslims, somalis, whatever have their no go zones where Americans are not allowed, so American police along with all other Americans should stay out of there and let them all kill each other. That’s Muslims do. Maybe surround them with a wall to keep them contained and away from civilized society.

    4. Reaper7

      They are borderline savages barely out of the 1st century. The only thing they understand is force.

  12. Maga

    So Jonna,
    You voted for a abuser with police reports because he was a Democrat. I bet you were furious when Kavanaugh was nominated since some nutjob with NO evidence or anyone to corroborate her story (even though she claimed they would) said he molested her. You are a shining example of just how hypocritical and idiotic the left has become. Build a wall around little Mogadishu and make Minnesota great again!

    1. Jonna Connelly

      Maga, are you insane or just stupid? Maybe both?

  13. Indnruss

    Why is this in a Tennessee newspaper you ask? Maybe it’s because the Democrats in Minnesota won’t allow it to be published in a local newspaper there to let the rest of the state know what’s actually happening in their state! This way out of state newspapers can’t be censored by the Minnesota Democrats!

    1. Nancy

      Boy Indnruss – you hit the nail on the head!! I am reading of this just now and finding out about the 2009 report which we never knew about. We know there is trouble in that area – we NEVER go over there, day or night!

      1. JEMC

        I’m white, I live in Minneapolis and I go there.

        You people realize, don’t you, that all the hateful things you say are exactly the same as what good Americans said about your ancestors when they first came here. Well, except for the English who were here first and just came in and wiped out the natives. Otherwise, immigrant groups have been hysterically decried as lazy, violent, murdering good Americans etc etc. Spending your life both scared and ignorant can’t be fun.

        1. Where did you go to school?

        2. Tzipporah

          My ancestors didn’t form gangs, rape, kill or urinate on anyone. What is wrong with you?

  14. Dr. M.B.Johnson

    Racism? You just lost!

  15. john m ewas

    How many of them are on welfare ?

  16. Minnesota is a f’n joke. They are starting to rival California as the most whacked out bastion of liberal lunacy in the US. Look at the looney Muslim they just elected to their Congress, Tlaib, dancing around yelling “ we’re going to impeach the motherfu**er”. Yikes. This country is doomed if we keep putting clowns like her in charge of the country

    1. MN Jim

      Talib is Michigan’s Muslim. In Minnesota, we have Omar, who committed immigration fraud by marrying her brother.

  17. Jack Gold

    The same is happening in European countries. It is now Policy not to mention ethnicity in crime reports. Why not we may ask? Answer: to protect the reputation of the so called religion of peace and prevent any public backlash.

    Here in the UK we have had sex gang scandals with groups of mostly Pakistani Muslims targeting young, vulnerable white, non-Muslim, girls whom they regarded as fair game, raping and drugging them exchanging them with friends up and down the country like sex slaves.

    Took a long time for the authorities to pursue, arrest and charge them because they were afraid of ‘racism’ accusations. When they were finally caught, and there were many gangs, the word MUSLIM, or even Pakistani hardly appeared.

    This is shameful behaviour, but it’s worse in Continental Europe where attacks upon adult women have rocketed and the authorities partly blame some victims because of their dress choice in unbelievable denial if what is actually going on.

  18. Janna Anderson

    Thank you for reporting on this. Our local Star Tribune & government are hiding most of these facts from us. The saddest thing is this Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is only blocks from the University of MN campus. Crime has risen dramatically against the students in both theft and attacks against women. The city of Minneapolis (Democrats) will not let the local news report on what the suspects look like, but we all know who they are. No one here trusts Keith Ellison, and we know he got into office based on the voters from this area.

    1. David

      Augsburg college and dorms are in the riverside neighborhood as well.

    2. Jonna Connelly

      84 crimes in a year in an area of how many thousands of people? And the city government is controlling what the media can report? And what does Keith Ellison have to do with it? He was just elected. (I trust him.) And OF COURSE “he got into office based on the voters from this area.” Who’s should vote for him? Tennessans? (I did.)

      And why is this in a Tennessee paper anyway? What does Tennessee care about Cedar Riverside. Can’t find enough support for your racism in your own state?

      Good grief. The world has gone mad.

        1. Ben Smith

          Thanks a lot, Catholic and Lutheran Social Services. Do your “virtue signaling” at your own expense. Deportation works for me.

      1. Mike

        “And why is this in a Tennessee paper anyway? What does Tennessee care about Cedar Riverside.”

        Note that in the article it is mentioned that the sex trafficking done by this gang reached as far as Nashville which, if I remember my geography correctly, is in Tennessee.

      2. Randy

        They reported on it because your Left Wing rags in Minnesota won’t