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I woke up to the very troubling news that a person was killed in Uptown last night when a driver crashed into people gathered in protest. Any death in our City is a tragedy and as we wait for more information I hope we can all come together to support the victim's family and friends who have suffered this sudden loss of life. 

The information I have is from MPD - their press release is pasted below so you can see what they have shared publicly. Based on the information available, it does not seem possible at this time to say if the crash was accidental or intentional. MPD is investigating and details about how to contact MPD with information is below. This stretch of road, like many in our community, is one of the highest crash corridors in the City.

After more than a year of pandemic isolation and emotional and economic stress, emotions and anger are very high in our City. I receive many supportive notes and I receive many angry calls and emails, often violent. We do our best to respond with an open mind. From this vantage point I can tell you that many neighbors have very divergent views and experiences from one another. I hope that as neighbors you can find a way to listen to each other, it will be necessary for our community to be able to move forward in the days, weeks and years to come.

From MPD:

Vehicle Drives Into Protesters Resulting in Injuries and a Death


June 14, 2021 (MINNEAPOLIS) At 11:39 pm on Sunday evening, Minneapolis Police were monitoring a protest in the area of West Lake Street and Girard Avenue South when they observed, on camera, a vehicle travelling eastbound on Lake Street and drive into a group of protesters. 

Additional squads were called to the scene as were several ambulances.  Protesters pulled the suspect from the vehicle and, from reports of witnesses, began to strike the driver.  Officers arrived and took custody of the driver. 

Two injured protesters were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center via ambulance.  One of those injured was in very critical condition.  Officers transported the suspect to an area hospital for his injuries.  All people involved are believed to be adults.    

The Minneapolis Police Department has been advised that an adult female, who was critically injured in this crash, did die at the hospital.

Crime Lab personnel responded to document the scene and collect evidence. Homicide detectives are involved and working with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Investigative Unit.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the use of drugs or alcohol by the driver may be a contributing factor in this crash.

The Medical Examiner will release the identity of the victim, along with the nature and cause of death in the days to come. 

The GO # for this case is 21-128997.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).  Tips may be submitted electronically at All Tips are anonymous and persons providing information leading to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a financial reward.      

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Lisa Bender was reelected to serve her second term as the 10th Ward City Council Member in November 2017. She was also elected to serve as City Council President by a unanimous vote of her fellow council members. 

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