I appreciate that. Sometimes a tad slow on the uptake.
The whole thing got me thinking about a situation that still frosts me.
I had been complaining to the police for a couple of years now about a house in South Minneapolis. It was very clear to me that it had been taken over by gangsters who lounged on the porch and yard every single day, weather permitting. But apparently there were no neighborhood complaints on it, so nothing was done.
Fast forward to last month. This house came to police attention in a big way, after the residents and one of their visitors exchanged gunfire and some of the rounds ended up inside a school bus with a driver and kids narrowly missed. As it turns out, the house got raided a couple of times, and the residents identified as members of several major street gangs and had long drug dealing histories. The residents were controlling the parking on the street in front of their rental house, forbidding neighborhood people from parking there or charging them a fee to do so. The slumlord, as it turns out, was a Plymouth resident who was bogusly claiming homestead on the property as her home. It just infuriates me to see situations like this where a small group of criminal bullies can hold an entire neighborhood hostage because of fear or disinterest until it spirals completely out of control. Happens far too often, IMHO.