Minneapolis Chief Harteau walks downtown beat after nightclub shooting


Accompanied by several officers, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau walked through the city's downtown Sunday night, less than 24 hours after a man was shot and killed in an argument inside a crowded nightclub while a rap show was onstage.

KSTP reports the chief walked the beat to demonstrate the city's commitment to keep the area safe for businesses and visitors.

The victim's name has not been released. The Pioneer Press reports that Harteau said that police "have tremendous concern" about retaliation following the shooting. She said the victim had a lengthy criminal record.

"There are people in the city that want street justice," she said.

The incident happened at Epic Nightclub, which has had about 150 police calls to its address so far this year. Harteau said she wants the city to look at the club's liquor license and security team. The station reported that Minneapolis police were both in and around the nightclub at the time of the incident, which happened around closing time.

Harteau also said that she wants the city to gain the regulatory authority to review performers before they are booked to play in downtown nightclubs. She said the city should have veto power over acts that have had troubled appearances in other cities. She said that rapper Yo Gotti, who performed at Epic on Saturday night, has had violent incidents during previous performances.

"Events like Yo Gotti that attract violent behavior, that is what you are going to get," she said.

Early Sunday morning, officers arrived to find that the victim's body had been dragged to the sidewalk in front of the club. Minneapolis Police officers arriving on the scene performed CPR. Some 2,000 concert-goers who had been inside the club flooded out onto the downtown sidewalk immediately following the incident. Police briefly closed the light rail line between the Warehouse District to Target Field as they established order.

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