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Minneapolis police aim to keep downtown safe this summer

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It's game on for summertime in Minneapolis, with a big concert and a baseball rivalry Friday night.

With the party-rock dup LMFAO at the Target Center and the Twins taking on Detroit at Target Field, Memorial Day weekend got off to a jam packed start downtown.

As thousands of people poured into the streets around Target Center and Target Field, Minneapolis Police had a message from one of its top commanders.

"We've seen a few high-profile incidents downtown recently. But I want to assure you any act of violence, loitering, harassment of any kind won't be tolerated," said Minneapolis Police chief-designate Jeanee Harteau.

She said the city is taking the rare step of sending out a detailed security plan for the summer months downtown, which translates to more cops, more cameras and more coordinating with private security guards.

The goal: less crime and a quiet warm weather season for the City of Lakes.

"We want to create atmosphere downtown where people feel safe and right at home going to concert or ball game," said 508 Bar manager Chad Moreau.


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