Minnesota Sheriff Reports to Congress on Growing Somalia Gang Threat in Hennepin County

Penny Starr, CNS News, July 25, 2012

The sheriff of Hennepin County, Minn., told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Wednesday about the threat of Somali gangs in his jurisdiction.

“I have been asked to testify today about the specific emergence of Somali gang-related issues we are having in my county,” Rich Stanek said in his prepared testimony.


Stanek said Minnesota is a “designated U.S. Refugee Resettlement Area,” with a Somali population ranging from 80,000 to 125,000 in the state. As a result, Stanek said, while the African population in the U.S. as a whole is about four percent, 18 percent of the Minnesota population is African because of the large Somali presence.

Stanek said he wanted to “state for the record” that most Somalis are “law-abiding citizens” who contribute to the community, but those who have joined gangs are committing crimes across the state.

“Somali gangs are unique in that they are not necessarily based on the narcotics trade as are other traditional gangs,” Stanek said, adding that “turf” is also not a motivating factor in Somali gang criminal activities.

“Gang members will often congregate in certain areas, but commit their criminal acts elsewhere,” Stanek said. “Criminal acts are often done in a wide geographic area that stretches outside of the Twin Cities seven county metro area.


Stanek listed five “typical crimes” committed by Somali gang members, including credit card fraud, cell phone and gun store burglaries, and witness intimidation. The fifth type of criminal activity is tied to international terrorism, Stanek said.

“In 2007, the local Somali community started to report that some of the youth in the area had essentially disappeared without warning,” Stanek said. “It was later learned that 20 young men had left Minneapolis to travel to Somalia to receive training and fight as members of al- Shabaab.


Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), chairman of the subcommittee, opened the hearing with statistics on the gang threat in the United States.

“According to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment there are approximately 1.4 million gang members belonging to more than 33,000 gangs in the United States,” Sensenbrenner said. “It has been reported that the number of gang members in the U.S. has increased by 40 percent since 2009.”

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  • Francis Galton

    Maybe I should stop reading Amren while eating, because I nearly choked when I read that EIGHTEEN PERCENT of Minnesota’s population is African!  I had no idea that White race replacement had already gone so far in that state.  I’m genuinely flabbergasted.  Where is the part where I wake up from this nightmare?! 

    • ncpride

      I know, I had to re-read that part about 18 % thinking surely they meant EIGHT percent, which is too many to begin with, but this is a total disaster for that state. What in the world will it take for these idiots to stop destroying their homelands by allowing this cancer to continue growing?

    • mikejones91

      Same here. I though Minnesota was like “blonde” paradise. I’m not blonde either, I just love blonde women. That’s…yeah.

    • Your taxpayer dollars funded it, importing a 5th column of 3rdworld muslims, put directly onto welfare.

  • Church_of_Jed

    We celebrate the gang voodoo Diversity of the North.  Justice for Dixie.

  • Commenter

    That 18 per cent figure doesn’t ring true, I suspect that’s a sloppy piece of writing.

    However, 125,000 Somalis in the State of Minnesota? This is utterly insane, a form of suicide. The upper estimates of Somalis’ (catastrophic) presence in the entire UK (population over 60m) is 300,000.

    Are Minnesotans trying to kill themselves?

  • 125,000 Somalians in Minnesota!!!  That is beyond belief.  WHY are the native people of Minnesota not protesting all day everyday to draw attention to this massive program of race replacement?  125,000!  that is more than enough to destroy any large city in Minnesota, and possibly the entire state. The United States really is the third world FLOP HOUSE!

  • Frank

    They are black and Muslims–just what Dr. Obama wanted!

  • Hirene

    It serves those dim-witted white liberals right to experience the diversity they were supporting in other states.

  • IstvanIN

    NJ just recently got a new boatload of Burmese, Jordanians and Iraqis.  And a bunch of NJ Haitians got permanent residence status.  The refugee resettlement  program continues unabated.

     At this point I think that whites are the actual fifth columnists in this country!

  • To make matters worse our tax dollars are paying for groups to import a 5th column of  3rdworld muslims directly onto welfare. Since obongo removed the HIV travel ban we get enriched with HIV+  3rdworld black muslims that along with welfare will get $50,000 a year worth of AIDS meds that they are not smart enought to take correctly leading to drug resistance.

  • Bachmann was my preferred Presidential candidate when the season started, in spite of her faults, (and I did not spare my wrath re her even while she was my choice).  But on the same day she won the Ames straw poll, the Rickroller announced, and that borked her chances.  Not long after, when it became apparent that she was only staying in the race to run interference for Romney, I switched to Ron Paul, and voted for him.

    That said, she needs to stay away from history and most foreign affairs.  They’re not her strong suits.

  • anarchyst

    I would force these church groups that are sponsoring these animals to have to live with them . . .

  • tickyul

    This country jumped the shark a LONG time ago. Bringing in people from a 9th world country just reinforces this FACT.

    “Hey, lets bring in crazy black muslims who will be a drag on this country…..that will work out well.”

  • NM156

    Excuse me? Eighteen percent of the population of MN is African? Is that right?

  • bubo

    Minnesota is a “designated U.S. Refugee Resettlement Area”
    The only real question I have left as for the future of the U.S. is will the inevitable breakup be voluntary or will there be blood.  

  • rightrightright

    These four alien females pleaded that they weren’t used to alcohol, being Muslim, so it wasn’t their fault they attacked a White woman, kicked her to the ground, screamed that she was a “White slag” (not racist, apparently, if you are Muslim, Somali and drunk), and the judge let them walk free.Her boyfriend has had his masculine spirit gagged.    Note in the video how he half-heartedly and without aggression only dabs at protecting his partner.  

    • 14POLK88

       These Godless Muslim heathens would have had their teeth kicked in if it were my woman attacked!! The judge should be horse whipped!!

  • toldev

     That certainly is something to think about before you put money in the collection at church.

  • ABM

    Outside of Minneapolis area there are probably very few Africans in the entire state.

    • ts

      No.  A small western WI town imported hundreds of them in the mid 90’s.  Population of the town is about 4000, yet the main street is refered to as little Mogadishu.  They all have connections to other somalis in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  They travel the 90 miles back and forth all the time.  To think they don’t bring their criminal activity from the twin cities to our tiny, rural, peaceful WI towns is absurd.  Last winter on a small WI highway I saw one of their cars with 4 somali adult men and 1 white teenage girl.  Knowing how somalis love to traffic sex slaves, what would you think?  I called the sherrif with a plate number and car description and direction of travel.  Doubt they followed up though.  That would either be racist or profiling.

  • ABM

    Minnesota is only 5.2% black. Those figures in the story are nonsense.

  • Ray

    This is awful, this is how western Europe started out…

  • Guest

    Note that, due to lack of real birth certificates and other such documents in Somalia, all this guys friends and everyone he owes $2.50 to and every thug who intimidates him suddenly becomes a “relative” of this guy.

    This is race replacement in action.  They have just imported 100 life-long welfare-dependendent liberals.  They and their children and their childrens’ children will always survive on welfare, AA jobs, and will always vote for whatever is Canada’s equivalent of the Democratic party.

  • Snow White

    Yes, there are Somalis in puffy goose down parkas. I live in Minnesota, and I still can’t get my mind around it.
    We used to have a saying up here when the temperature would drop far below zero, “Well, at least it keeps the riff-raff out!” I don’t hear that much anymore.

    I’ve always wondered why anyone from a warm climate would want to live here. Well, it’s a trade off. Stay in Africa with the warm sunshine and not much else, or move to the Artic with so many social services you think you’ve died and gone to heaven.

  • newscomments70

    I was talking with a friend of mine the other day. We were discussing the shooting in Aurora. He ranted that the cowardly shooter was in there for several minutes wantonly shooting innocent people, and NO ONE tried to stop him. He commented that people would rather die like cowards than try to stop him. Why not act like real men, and DO SOMETHING when innocents are being attacked? What is the risk of trying to stop someone, if you’re going to die anyway?  I know all of that is easier said than done, but I believe he made a good point. My friend’s point can also be applied to situations such as these. We need to stand up and stop these invasions. We have to stop worrying about our jobs and security. If the invasion continues, we will lose our  lives and countries by default. The liberals have that already planned for us. There really is no risk in pushing back. There is literally nothing to lose. (I do not promote violence or hurting innocents, by the way).

    • anarchyst

      Your thoughts were my thoughts exactly.  Someone could have thrown something at the perp, distracting him.  Others could have rushed him and disarmed him.  Yes, it is entirely possible to disarm an unarmed man without the use of firepower.
      Most of today’s “Americans” have lost the spirit that makes us unique in the world. 
      It would also have been easy to ignore the “criminal saftey zone” (oops, I mean “gun-free zone”) and carried regardless of any ordinance.  In most states carrying in a “criminal safety zone” (there I go again)  is a “civil infraction” and NOT a criminal offense. Check your state and local laws first.

  • SLCain

     Michelle Bachmann would not expend one penny of political capital to help you, or any other white American.  She would go to the mat for Israel, which she has said is a holy obligation.  But for you?  She wouldn’t do jack.

    White conservatives need to wake up.  Just because the Democrats are your enemies, does not mean that the Republicans are your friends.  You are just an electoral resource for them to exploit.

    • Even considering that problem, think of it as Bachmann being that blind squirrel that found an acorn in this Huma – Muslim Brotherhood affair.

      Personally, I think she should have stuck with the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church, her original church.  But they (as well as Missouri Synod Lutherans, and probably also ELCA) call the Pope the Antichrist.  That came up during her Presidential campaign, but it didn’t stick to her because she left the WI Synod a long time ago.  So she switched to low Protestant and soaked up all their dispensationalism and their insane love of the I-country.

  • SLCain

    The statistics quoted in the story are obviously wrong.  If 18% of Minnesota were Somali – that’d be about 1,000,000 people, not 125,000 – it would mean that 10% of the entire population of Somalia were in the land of a thousand lakes.

    Still, 125,000 is too many.  As far as I’m concerned, one Somali anywhere within our shores is too many.  They have already fouled their own country.  Why should we let them ruin ours too?