How “Snitch Factor” Hampers Minneapolis Homicide Investigations

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On the streets of north Minneapolis, word travels fast. When the lawyer for a member of the Taliban street gang let it slip that another gang member was cooperating with police and the FBI, former friends soon started calling him by a different name online: “Snitch.” The search warrant from a recent witness tampering case demonstrates how the stigma associated with helping the police is a serious impediment to solving crimes, particularly in the city’s most . . .

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