Tuesday, August 4, 2009

National Night Out

The end of the night on Hillside Ave with some kids and their sparklers. This is a dangerous job.

Sondra Samuels, president of the PEACE Foundation, a non-profit community outreach organization.

Officer Mike with a couple of kids at St Annes place block event.

The Bike Cops for Kids with assistant county attorneys, Elizabeth Johnston and Sarah Hilleren, who serve the Northside.

This young man was smart enough to have his bike helmet on at one of the block events on 33rd Ave. He won a bike 10 seconds before this picture was taken.

And then his buddy followed us to the next event and waited until we noticed him wearing what we believe was the very same helmet. He won a bike too. We didn't figure out his shenanigans until we reviewed the photos. Smart kid.

These little people built a robot with household stuff and put it on a wagon. They assured me that it didn't actually work, but it was cool nonetheless.

We stopped by a biker hang-out at 26th/Girard and these guys assured us that bicycles are not included in their exclusive club. Officer Mike tried to take this guys chair and learned the hard way how useful Officer Mark is when he's in peril. Good guys.

Each of these kids thought they could beat us in a footrace and were all proven wrong. Lt Arradondo is the sector LT for this block and he welcomed the Bike Cops for Kids at the block party.

Mama Cookie and the Bike Cops for Kids hanging out in her backyard. This woman is the mother of National Night Out in Minneapolis.

Mama Cookie again given us some love.

This girl went to Officer Mike's school and is a survivor of gun violence. Great story.

A group of National Night Out cooks and party throwers at 14th/Irving.

More smiles and hugs for the Bike Cops for Kids from some super ladies who made the night special for their block.

This guy was so excited to see the Bike Cops for Kids that he started screaming. He grabbed his wife and said, "Honey, these are the guys I was telling you about. These guys are the Bike Cops with the helmets!" Such genuine outpouring of love and support at 33rd/Oliver made Officer Mike cry.

This young lady was at the Jerry gambles Boys and Girls Club and thought every cop should be on a bike for National Night Out.

Little people need to sleep in the middle of the day, and these bigger people didn't mind letting them use their laps to get it done. Officer Mike was doing something with a roll of stickers while I was trying to capture the cute little nappers.

This young man wants to be a police officer when he grows up. That's newly married Mario in the back round pushing his hamburger into that other person's ear.

Officer Mike found some kids who go to his school within a block of the precinct.

Terry Yzaguirre of the blog mplsmirror came along for the night. She likely has better shots that may show up on her blog soon. Check it out. http://www.mplsmirror.com/

MPR's Brandt Williams interviewed us for National Night Out. To hear the interview go to:

Officer Mike playing with fireworks.

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