County attorney staff talk gun violence, nuisance properties, other issues during National Night Out


Hennepin County Attorney staff fanned out across the county Tuesday night to listen to citizens’ concerns about crime and talk about some of the office’s initiatives as part of National Night Out.

About 170 people from the office, including County Attorney Mike Freeman and Deputy County Attorneys Charlene Hatcher and David Brown, visited small block parties to large gatherings in parks. People had questions about nuisance properties, drug dealing, financial exploitation and identity theft.

Staffers handed out literature about specific crimes, as well as county attorney stickers, wristbands and brochures about the office’s anti-gun violence initiative, “change the story Hennepin,” and be@school wristbands, pencils and brochures.

“I get excited every year as this event approaches,” Freeman said. “I made it to 13 events Tuesday and each time it was fun talking to people and watching them enjoy the company of their neighbors. It’s just a great way for us to hear from people and for our wonderful staff to be out with the people we serve.”

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office support staff, advocates and attorneys could be found handing out anti-crime literature, curfew magnets and wristbands at events from Eden Prairie to Brooklyn Center and from Hopkins to Northeast Minneapolis. If you would like a visit from the county attorney’s office next year, please contact the office at or 612-348-2146