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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minneapolis City Council is once again receiving national scrutiny for its intent to dismantle the police department. A New York Times headline Saturday read “How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed.” Three council members, including President Lisa Bender, told the Times that the pledge to dismantle MPD created confusion not only in the community, but among the council members themselves. When nine council members took the stage at Powderhorn Park in June, there was no ambiguity. The words “Defund Police” were displayed front and center. Bender said they were going to “end policing as we know it.” She and Council Member Jeremiah Ellison tweeted in June, “We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department.”...
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Ask Vice President Mike Pence about the unrest in Louisville, and he raises first the fate of two police officers shot during protests. Ask again, and he defers to the judgment of the grand jury that considered the evidence and decided not to bring charges against police in the shooting of Breonna Taylor. “And let me just say what happened to Breonna Taylor was a tragedy. By all accounts, this was a good person who served her community. For her to lose her life in that kind of way is just heartbreaking,” he told the Washington Examiner on his campaign bus en route to see damage from another explosion of anger at police brutality, this time...
    Residents of Minneapolis' Southside on Thursday voiced their concerns about rising crime in the area and frustration with the city's response. Complaints come after the city approved a plan on July 24 to move $1.1 million in funding from the police department to the Minneapolis Office of Violence Prevention. Minneapolis protesters called for police reform or a complete defunding of the police department after George Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25. "They got for this initiative — this violence prevention initiative. They got $1.1 million to prevent violence or whatever. Well, excuse me, but I haven't seen any prevention of violence," Central neighborhood resident Karen Forbes told KARE11 News. The Minneapolis Public Health & Safety Committee on Thursday also...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump made an unannounced stop Thursday at a hair salon left in rubble by the violence that followed George Floyd’s death, part of a campaign visit aimed at driving home President Donald Trump’s law-and-order message in a key swing state. Pence, Ivanka Trump and Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia stood by on the city’s north side as owner Flora Westbrooks, near tears, pointed at what remained of Flora’s Hair Design. “I never thought this would happen,” Westbrooks said. “Not to me.” “We’re with you,” Pence told her. Pence and President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter later went to a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group and business...
    Opposite of defunding. The Star Tribune’s Liz Sawyer and Maryjo Webster report: “To patrol a smoldering city in the two weeks after George Floyd’s death, Minneapolis shelled out more than $3.3 million in police overtime costs — roughly 37 times more than normal, pushing the department past its annual budget. The state’s largest police force tapped 822 of its 855 sworn officers to pull extended shifts during that pay period since May 25, where the department averaged more than 3,600 overtime hours per day, according to a Star Tribune analysis of payroll data.” Gun permit requests rise sharply. MPR’s Brandt Williams reports: “In Ramsey County … the number of new applications in June, July and August rose sharply over the summer of...
    Adviser to the president Ivanka Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will visit Minneapolis on Thursday to promote President Trump's law-and-order message, according to the Associated Press. Minneapolis has been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic and a summer of protests – some of which escalated into violent riots – following the death of George Floyd May 25 while in the custody of city police. Since then, some residents have been calling to defund the police while others support law enforcement. Police gather en masse as protests continue at the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP, File) The vice president and first daughter are expected to host a listening session with a "Cops for Trump" group and city residents who say the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New details have emerged about the flow of police information in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis City Council voted two months ago to eliminate the police department’s public information officer. The role is vital to media outlets, including WCCO, to obtain the latest information on crimes, which we then work to gather more details to bring you on TV and online. WCCO learned Wednesday that the role — currently held by John Elder — will live on, but it will be supervised by the City of Minneapolis instead of the police. Elder has been doing the job under the police department, and will continue to do so for the city.
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several hundred demonstrators rallied late Wednesday at the state Capitol in St. Paul before marching onto an interstate to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict Louisville, Kentucky police officers in Breonna Taylor’s death. Protesters denounced what they said was a criminal justice system that has failed to hold the officers accountable for Taylor’s death. Taylor, a Black emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home during a narcotics investigation in March. Minneapolis NAACP president Leslie Redmond said she and dozens of others who were arrested in July as they protested outside the Louisville home of Kentucky's attorney general received harsher treatment under the law than the officers...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — New details have emerged about the flow of police information in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis City Council voted two months ago to eliminate the police department’s public information officer. The role is vital to media outlets, including WCCO, to obtain the latest information on crimes. WCCO learned Wednesday that the role — currently held by John Elder — will live on, but it will be supervised by the mayor’s office instead of the police.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump are bringing President Donald Trump’s law-and-order campaign message to Minneapolis on Thursday, showing support for law enforcement in the city where George Floyd’s death sparked angry and sometimes violent protests that spread around the world. Pence and President Trump’s daughter planned to host a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group, as well as with residents who the Trump reelection campaign says have been “negatively impacted by crime and violent extremism.” The visit comes about a month after Donald Trump met with small-business owners whose stores in Minneapolis were damaged in violence that erupted after Floyd’s death. Trump did not visit the scene of protests nor the site where...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump are bringing President Donald Trump’s law-and-order campaign message to Minneapolis on Thursday, showing support for law enforcement in the city where George Floyd’s death sparked angry and sometimes violent protests that spread around the world. Pence and President Trump’s daughter planned to host a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group, as well as with residents who the Trump reelection campaign says have been “negatively impacted by crime and violent extremism.” The visit comes about a month after Donald Trump met with small-business owners whose stores in Minneapolis were damaged in violence that erupted after Floyd’s death. Trump did not visit the scene of protests nor the site where...
    By AMY FORLITI and MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is bringing President Donald Trump’s law-and-order campaign message to Minneapolis on Thursday, showing support for law enforcement in the city where George Floyd's death after police tried to arrest him sparked angry and sometimes violent protests that spread around the world. Pence and Ivanka Trump planned to host a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group, as well as with residents who the Trump reelection campaign says have been “negatively impacted by crime and violent extremism.” Pence's visit comes about a month after Trump met with small-business owners whose stores in Minneapolis were damaged in violence that erupted after Floyd's death. Trump did not...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is bringing President Donald Trump’s law-and-order campaign message to Minneapolis on Thursday, showing support for law enforcement in the city where George Floyd’s death after police tried to arrest him sparked angry and sometimes violent protests that spread around the world. Pence and Ivanka Trump planned to host a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group, as well as with residents who the Trump reelection campaign says have been “negatively impacted by crime and violent extremism.” Pence’s visit comes about a month after Trump met with small-business owners whose stores in Minneapolis were damaged in violence that erupted after Floyd’s death. Trump did not visit the scene of protests nor the...
    President Trump on Tuesday again told his supporters at a rally that it was a ‘beautiful sight’ to see MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi get struck by a projectile while covering protests in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Appearing at a rally in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, the president praised police officers for roughing up journalists covering riots and protests. ‘Remember that beautiful sight? The street was a mess,’ Trump said. ‘That idiot reporter from CNN got hit with a canister of tear gas. And he went down. “I’ve been hit. I’ve been hit.” President Trump on Tuesday once again celebrated the fact that MSNBC journalist Ali Velshi (right) was shot with a...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The city of Minneapolis is sending members of the community into the streets to prevent violence that is plaguing the city. They are called the Violence Interrupters, and they’re tasked with stopping shootings by mediating conflicts in the community, and following up with individuals to decrease retaliatory violence. Jamil Jackson and his group of interrupters are on the move. “Our mantra is engage, relationships, resources,” Jackson said. “We’re teachers, we’re business owners, we’re city employees, we’re park employees, we’re just individuals who came to the call and had a desire to come out here and change.” Their bright-orange shirts stand out, so they can walk in and use their relationships within the community to stop the...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE on Tuesday mocked journalists who were hit with rubber bullets and assailed by police while covering protests against racial injustice this summer. The president, during a rally in Pennsylvania, recounted watching the demonstrations play out as he lamented that law enforcement had not been allowed to go in and break up the protests. But he was more gleeful when describing how MSNBC's Ali Velshi was hit in the knee with a rubber bullet, though he misidentified the reporter and the object that struck...
    A group of armed black men who took over Minneapolis streets in the aftermath of George Floyd’s police-custody death is now being applauded by city officials for their efforts. “It’s important to have men from the community step up for the community,” the city’s director of the Office of Violence Prevention, Sasha Cotton, told the Los Angeles Times of the group, which calls themselves the Minnesota Freedom Fighters. “It’s their right to be out on the streets and it’s commendable. There are black residents who in the early days of the unrest felt vulnerable … and still do.” The Minnesota Freedom Fighters started patrolling small businesses in Minneapolis in late May and early June after the city’s NAACP chapter called...
    MINNEAPOLIS — President Trump's attempt to flip Minnesota in six weeks hinges, in part, on his law and order message's effectiveness. George Floyd's death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day instigated national unrest. And like the memorial of flowers, notes, and art that marks the spot outside Cup Foods where a white police officer knelt on the black man's neck for almost nine minutes during an arrest for allegedly buying cigarettes with a fake $20 bill, Trump's warning regarding the risk protests pose to public safety still lingers. As activists agitated against police brutality and broader racial injustice, Trump seized on riots and looting to pitch himself as a law and order president. And voters in Minnesota listened as they began...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have charged a Minneapolis teenager in the killing of a 17-year-old boy and wounding of a man who had done work for a Minnesota congressional candidate, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Monday. Jomoy Lee, 17, is charged with second degree murder, attempted second degree murder and two other counts for the Sept. 14 shooting that killed 17-year-old Andre Conley. Lee remains detained at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Lee is also charged with two counts of felony possession of a firearm and one count of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle. Prosecutors are seeking to have Lee tried as an adult on all charges. An unidentified man who also worked for Republican...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis City Councilmember Steve Fletcher spoke to WCCO Monday about the city’s recent increase in violence. The Ward 3 representative says it’s a false narrative that the council’s desire to replace the Minneapolis Police Department is related to the crime surge and MPD’s response. Fletcher says the only defunding of the department has been a 5% budget cut that was mostly due to COVID-19. “The patrol numbers are just as strong as they were last year,” Fletcher said. “The number of 911 calls has not changed, but we are seeing changes in response that really aren’t explainable by budget cuts.” Since Memorial Day, violent crime in Minneapolis is up 25% compared to the same period last year....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s office wants to try a 17-year-old Minneapolis boy as an adult in connection to the fatal shooting of a teen and the wounding of a young man outside of a convenience store last Monday. The shooting happened in broad daylight at the Super USA at the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling avenues. A 19-year-old man was shot once and survived. Andre Conley, 17, was shot three times and later died from his injuries. Minneapolis police say 11 bullet casings were found at the scene; seven from one gun, and four from another. Three days later, police used electronic surveillance to track the 17-year-old suspect to the area of North 7th Street and...
    Anti-police activists in Minneapolis, Minnesota, are declaring a win in the battle to defund and disband the city’s police department after plans to re-open the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct headquarters — even temporarily — fell through last week. The MPD’s 3rd Preinct headquarters famously went up in flames back in May, after activists, protesting the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, began rioting, leaving the building and much of the surrounding neighborhood in ashes. Records, obtained by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, showed that Minneapolis officials, concerned that the rioting could result in a loss of life, sacrificed the 3rd precinct building to the riots. After MPD abandoned the building to protect the safety...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a hooded man stole a houseboat moored off an island along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis Sunday morning before he was arrested at shore. The boat was tied up off Nicollet Island along the river across from downtown, where it was stolen around 10:30 a.m., the Star Tribune reported. Police officers grabbed the boat a little more than an hour later and brought the man to shore to the north at Boom Island, witness Chris Steller said. Stellar provided a photo to the newspaper showing a police officer standing in the water and aiming a Taser at the suspect. Stellar said an officer removed the man’s hood and put him in the back of a...
    One Minneapolis police inspector is warning residents of a district, hit hard by a city-wide spike in violence, that police reinforcements aren’t available to help handle increasing crime and they “aren’t coming any time soon.” CBS Minneapolis reports that the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct, Inspector Sean McGinty, warned business owners in a note that he simply can’t help them address or repel break-ins, burglaries, and other incidents that have plagued the neighborhood all summer. Minneapolis’s 3rd Precinct is where rioters “occupied” and then burned the local precinct building in protest over the death of George Floyd. The business owners complained to McGinty that they were scared to go to work and can’t find employees brave enough...
    By MOHAMED IBRAHIM, Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Before he became Minneapolis' newest City Council member, Jamal Osman taught a mental health first aid course designed to help people in crisis. Among his students over 3 1/2 years: police officers. The work gave Osman a unique perspective in a city where many are still clamoring for changes in policing four months after George Floyd's death while being arrested by four officers. Osman would like to see officers undergo more training like he gave. Whether they do or not, he favors a more socially conscious approach to policing, including expanding a program that has had specially trained people join officers on calls for people in crisis. “I don't even...
    MINNEAPOLIS -- The trial of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death will generate massive public interest when it begins in March, but as it stands, most people who want to watch the proceedings will be out of luck.The judge overseeing the case has yet to decide whether cameras will be allowed. Supporters of audio and visual coverage say the high-profile nature of Floyd's death, the outrage that led to worldwide protests, and courtroom restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic make this the right time and case to allow cameras in court. But the state attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case, opposes them, saying cameras would only create more problems."I just can't think of a...
    (CNN)An intersection in Minneapolis will now be named after George Floyd, following a unanimous city council vote Friday. The site where Floyd drew his last breath, at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, has since been transformed into a memorial site and maintained by volunteers. "The name is intended to honor George Perry Floyd Jr., who was killed on May 25, 2020," Minneapolis Director of Public Works Robin Hutcheson said in a land use application summary. "The commemorative name addition will not affect addressing on the street. The signage to indicate the commemorative street naming will be placed at the intersection of 38th St E and Chicago Ave only," he said.Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police...
    First responders were delayed in giving medical assistance to a victim of a brutal assault inside an alleged "autonomous zone" in Minneapolis, according to police. But a spokesperson for a citizens group inside the autonomous zone claim that police and EMS were not impeded from helping the man who was severely beaten. KSTP-TV interviewed the man who was attacked, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan. He is the owner of Mill City Autobody, which is located inside the four-block autonomous zone in downtown Minneapolis near the memorial dedicated to George Floyd. There are barricades blocking entry into the area, as well as signs that read "NO PIGS" and "YOU ARE NOW...
    The recent unrest in Minneapolis was “moving votes” because residents in the suburbs and rural areas want to keep America and their state safe, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell said Friday at President Donald Trump’s rally in Bemidji, Minnesota. “I went downtown for the first time, that’s where, you know, I used to be an addict. I spent a lot of time in those streets. And I went down there — the devastation … Friends I grew up with down there, they lost their businesses. It’s horrible,” he told Breitbart News. “We gotta get rid of this leadership here in Minnesota. We want to go red on the ticket on down — this great president and the whole state turning red,”...
    Among the many businesses destroyed in the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter riots was a minority-owned Spanish-language radio station named "La Raza 95.7FM." The station's CEO, Maya Santamaria, explained to the Star Tribune that the destruction from the rioting was a devastating setback for her business. "It was my life's work. Destroyed," she lamented. The station was destroyed in May when protesters angry about the death of George Floyd turned to rioting and looting. It was in a building that was targeted by arsonists because of its proximity to a Minneapolis police station, and it went up in flames. ''We were a block from Third Precinct that got burned down," Santamaria...
    The owner of a Minneapolis auto repair shop said was he was violently attacked last month near a barricaded "autonomous zone" that has impeded authorities from responding to emergencies. The owner of Mill City Autobody, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan, out of concerns for his safety, told Fox News that a man came from the so-called occupied zone dubbed "The Free State of George Floyd"  and knocked him unconscious Aug. 5 and attempted to rob him. "I was in my office and I heard a noise. I was talking to the guy and I woke up after that in the hospital," he said. "He broke my computer and took stuff out of my desk." First responders were prolonged during attempts...
    The owner of a Minneapolis auto repair shop said was he was violently attacked last month near a barricaded "autonomous zone" that has impeded authorities from responding to emergencies. The owner of Mill City Autobody, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan, out of concerns for his safety, told Fox News that a man came from the so-called occupied zone dubbed "The Free State of George Floyd"  and knocked him unconscious Aug. 5 and attempted to rob him. "I was in my office and I heard a noise. I was talking to the guy and I woke up after that in the hospital," he said. "He broke my computer and took stuff out of my desk." First responders were prolonged during attempts...
    The United States has been experiencing waves of ongoing civil unrest across the country following the deaths of George Floyd and other predominantly black people in police-related incidents this year. The majority of demonstrations have been nonviolent and lawful but the country is facing heightened risk of political violence and instability, according to a report released earlier this month by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project. There have been 637 riots between May 26 and Sept. 12 along with a subsequent spike in violent crime. Police officers face off with protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina (Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Some of the largest riots so far have taken place in cities where police-related incidents led to fatal outcomes. In...
    The Minneapolis City Council is once again searching for a place to house officers working for the Third Police Precinct as the area endures a five-year high of shootings and increasing homicide numbers. A deal fell apart Wednesday between the city of Minneapolis and Imagine Express over a possible lease at 2633 Minnehaha Ave. “The two parties have reached an impasse in the negotiation process and have amicably agreed to cease lease negotiations over this property moving forward,” according to a statement issued by the city. Fox 9 reports the deal was hurt after people threatened the building and the family of its owners. “Minneapolis police reported that on Sept. 14, officers took a 911 call...
    The Minneapolis City Council approved naming a street after George Floyd on Friday, according to WCCO. The city council voted to call the street “George Perry Floyd Jr. Place,” WCCO reported. The street sign with Floyd’s name would be placed at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Street. Floyd died May 25 after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and the other three officers involved were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.  The City Council has since led the effort to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, and voted in June to abolish the police department.  People gather outside the family justice center during a press...
    An “autonomous zone” erected near George Floyd Square in south Minneapolis delayed an emergency response to a beating of a small business owner, according to a report. KSTP reports: The barricaded zone is a one-block radius from the intersection of Chicago Avenue South and East 38th Street, flanked on the north and south by 37th and 39th streets and on the east and west by Elliot and Columbus avenues. The owner of Mill City Auto Body, who asked to only be identified by his first name, Dan, was knocked unconscious during an assault and robbery at his business on Aug. 5. […] An internal Minneapolis Police Department report obtained by KSTP said, “The crowd from the George Floyd Memorial began moving toward...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council has voted to a commemorative street name addition in honor of George Floyd. On Friday morning, the city council voted to call the stretch on Chicago Avenue, between 37th and 39th streets, “George Perry Floyd Jr Place”. Signage will be placed at the intersection of 38th and Chicago. It’s a commemorative renaming and the street will still officially be called Chicago Avenue, so no addresses will need to be changed. Floyd died during an arrest by Minneapolis police in May, sparking protests on police brutality and systematic racism in the city and throughout the country. Four former officers face charges in his death.
    Minneapolis doesn’t have city elections this year. But many of the suburban communities outside it do. And questions about “defunding” the police have spilled over into many of those elections.   Candidates for suburban city council seats generally get asked similar questions, often about infrastructure and development in their communities. Come this election cycle, however, the first since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the city council’s subsequent discussion about “dismantling” the Minneapolis Police Department, suburban voters are adding another frequent inquiry: what candidates think about the funding for their city’s police. In Maplewood, according to city council candidate Nikki Villavicencio, the idea of defunding the local department is “easily one of the most common issues people...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s no long-term plan, and reinforcements aren’t coming anytime soon. That’s what the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct said in an email to a business owner who shared that his employees are scared to go to work. The neighborhood block of shops near East 48th Street and Chicago Avenue has felt the impact of recent crime. Craig Paulson owns Pedego Electric Bikes. “Couple robberies. Two, three robberies in the area, and some break-ins and a couple of crazy stunts,” Paulson said. Surveillance video shows a group accused of robbing Chad Stamps’ wife inside her gift shop, 14 Hill, during the lunch hour earlier this month. “So they stole our car, stole our wallet, checkbook,...
    A 17-year-old boy interning for the Republican challenger of Rep. Ilhan Omar was fatally shot in north Minneapolis on Monday, according to reports. The fatal victim, Andre Conley, was among two outreach workers for Lacy Johnson’s campaign that were struck by gunfire outside of a Super USA convenience store, WCCO reported. Lacy’s campaign told the network that the two were not performing campaign duties at the time of the shooting, and the act of violence is not believed to be politically motivated. “My nephew Andre did not deserve this,” Conley’s aunt, Fatemah Green, said at a Wednesday night vigil, KARE11 reported . The surviving victim, a man, was hospitalized in stable condition. “We are shocked and saddened to learn...
    Minneapolis has been seeing a serious spike gun violence in the months since the death of George Floyd. After the tragic incident, the City Council called for a defunding of the police. As violence began to rage, the those same elected city officials demanded to know where the police were. And now, as their city is experiencing more gunfire on a daily basis and residents are worried for their lives in what some call a "war zone," the members of the city council are apparently no where to be found. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the gun violence in Minneapolis is like nothing the department has seen in years, WCCO-TV reported. Police...
    Two campaign team members for Republican Lacy Johnson, who is challenging Rep. Ilhan Omar (D), were shot Monday afternoon in Minneapolis, one fatally. Minnesota Public Radio reports that one 17-year-old and another team member were shot after being “approached on foot.” CBS 4 reports that the two were standing outside Super USA convenience store at the time, and that a gunman, or gunmen, fled the scene before they could be apprehended. The 17-year-old succumbed to his wounds and the other campaign team member was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Johnson’s Campaign stated that the two were not carrying out official duties when shot. The Campaign released a statement after the attack: “Today, we are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of...
    A suspect was arrested after the Monday shooting death of a 17-year-old staffer working for Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Republican opponent, Lacy Johnson. “Today, we are shocked and saddened to learn of this senseless act of violence. It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is more needed than ever in our community,” Johnson said in a statement on Monday. A suspect was arrested in connection with the shooting after a police pursuit on Thursday morning, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. The 17-year-old staffer and another man were outside of a convenience store Monday when a gunman opened fire on them. Both people were rushed to the hospital, where the teenager...
    Could be worse. The Star Tribune’s Kavita Kumar report: “Minnesota’s unemployment rate did not budge much in August, coming in at 7.4% compared to 7.6% in July. … But the state added 40,500 jobs last month, an improvement from July when it recovered 32,500 jobs. … ‘We are continuing to see steady job growth and a decline in unemployment in Minnesota, but it will take some time to replace jobs lost during the pandemic,’ Steve Grove, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), said in a statement.” Veep returns. The Star Tribune’s Jessie Van Berkel reports: “Vice President Mike Pence will return to Minnesota next Thursday, when he plans to hold a Cops for Trump listening...
    Minneapolis residents are pleading with the city council to tour their neighborhoods in person after a spike in violent crime that has left some feeling as though they live in a “war zone.” Local Minneapolis news outlet, WCCO, went into Minneapolis neighborhoods directly affected by the recent uptick in gun violence and found that locals feel abandoned by the city council, which made defunding the Minneapolis Police Department a priority of its last legislative session. “Honestly I really haven’t been sleeping right now I mean really I can’t. I hear every little thing that is going on police sirens like the helicopters the gun shooting everything,” resident Lisa Cruz told the network. “You’re sleeping and all of a sudden you...
    Just two months after voting to defund the police, Minneapolis City Council members sounded the alarm over a surge in crime in the city. During a business meeting on Tuesday, members of the Council questioned police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the increase in crime, including daylight car jackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. 'Residents are asking, "Where are the police?"' Council Member Jamal Osman said, adding that calls to the Minneapolis Police Department from constituents have gone unanswered. 'That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.'  President of the Council Lisa Bender accused the police of knowingly not enforcing the...
    MINNEAPOLIS is seeing a huge spike in crime after the city’s council voted to dismantle the police force following the riots that followed George Floyd’s death in May. Members of the city council vented at a meeting on Tuesday about the uptick in crime, which KMSP-TV reports is at a five-year high. 7Crime has spiked in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after the city council voted to dismantle the police department after George Floyd's deathCredit: AP:Associated Press Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said at the meeting earlier this week that criminals in the Minnesota city feel “emboldened.” “If we just stayed status quo right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable,” Arradondo said. Council Member Phillipe Cunningham said: "What...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A suspect wanted in a Minneapolis shooting that killed a teenager and seriously wounded another victim has been arrested following a pursuit, according to police. At 6:49 a.m. Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle operated by a person wanted by its violent crimes investigative division. The suspect did not pull over and attempted to elude police, so officers began pursuing the suspect. Police said the suspect drove into Plymouth where he was eventually stopped and taken into custody. No injuries were reported during the incident. (credit: CBS) Minneapolis police confirmed that the suspect was wanted in connection to Monday’s fatal shooting on North Fremont and Dowling avenues. There, two victims — a...
    A Republican congressional candidate in Minnesota said Thursday that the Minneapolis City Council is to blame for the uptick in crime after dismantling the city's police department. “The hypocrisy and failure that we’re seeing from this City Council is astounding and deeply troubling,” Lacy Johnson told "Fox & Friends." Johnson, who is bidding to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said the council was calling for the” dismantling or demilitarizing or the disarming of police" all summer. “Now they’re turning around and blaming these brave officers for a situation that they have created,” Johnson said, citing the rise in home invasions, robberies, murders and carjacking. The Minneapolis Police Department’s crime data shows a rise in assaults, robberies and homicides, as well as property crimes and arson, according to Minnesota Public Radio. More...
    Two campaign staffers for Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s challenger, Lacy Johnson, were reportedly shot Monday in Minneapolis. One victim, a 17-year-old man, died at the scene, MPR News reported. The other victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (RELATED: Daily Caller Reporter Robbed At Gunpoint During Minneapolis Riots) “It is shocking and unnecessary acts of violence like this that prove why change is needed now more than ever in our community,” Johnson said, adding that the shooting didn’t occur during any campaign events and that they believe it has no connection to the campaign. Members of the Minneapolis Police Department monitor a protest on June 11, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The MPD has been under scrutiny from residents...
    The Minneapolis city council, which unanimously supported a pledge to abolish the police, is now asking, “Where are the police?” Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported that the city council met with Minneapolis’ head of police on Tuesday: “Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed Chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.” Newly elected council member Jamal Osman said, “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” Osman added, “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” Council President Lisa Bender suggested police are...
    Minneapolis City Council members, who just two months ago moved to eliminate the police department, sounded the alarm during a Wednesday meeting about a surge in crime seen by their constituents. Council members pressed police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the uptick in crimes that included daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents’ calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen. Council President Lisa Bender accused police of intentionally not enforcing laws or making arrests. “This...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police say three people were shot in just three minutes in separate north Minneapolis locations Wednesday afternoon. A 17-year-old boy was shot at 4:47 p.m. on the 2500 block of Aldrich Avenue North. Two minutes later, and about a half-mile northwest, a man was shot near North 4th Street and North 30th Avenue. About a minute after that, and about a mile-and-a-half west of the previous shooting, a teenager was shot on the 2900 block of Logan Avenue North. All victims suffered injuries described as non-life threatening, and no one is in custody. Police spokesperson John Elder says it is too soon to say if the shootings are connected. READ MORE: 2 Teens Arrested After Armed Carjacking,...
    Minneapolis City Council members, who just two months ago moved to eliminate the police department, sounded the alarm during a Wednesday meeting about a surge in crime seen by their constituents. Council members pressed police Chief Medaria Arradondo about the uptick in crimes that included daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults, shootings and street racing. “Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police?’” said Council Member Jamal Osman, noting that constituents' calls to the Minneapolis Police Department have gone unanswered. "That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen.” MULTIPLE WORKERS FIRED AFTER GEORGE FLOYD'S MEDICAL RECORDS 'IMPROPERLY ACCESSED' Council President Lisa Bender accused police...
    Members of the Minneapolis city council who voted three months ago to dismantle the police department are now expressing concern over crime spikes in the city.  City council members asked the Minneapolis police chief during a business meeting Tuesday how to grapple with an uptick in carjackings, robberies and street racing.  One city councilman noted the drastic reversal on the part of his colleagues, saying he was “flabbergasted” that members who earlier wanted to abolish the police department are now claiming it is not doing enough to fight crime.  Three months after voting to dismantle the Minneapolis police department, city council members there spent much of a business meeting on Tuesday complaining about an uptick in violent crime...
    On June 12, after weeks of historic protest against police brutality, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously recognized that the Minneapolis Police Department threatens the safety of our city. The council acknowledged the cost, in both lives and dollars, of allowing the damage perpetrated by the police to continue. It asserted in a resolution passed that day that “no amount of reforms will prevent lethal violence and abuse by some members of the Police Department against members of our community, especially Black people and people of color.” The council promised Minneapolis residents a process of healing, reconciliation, and deep engagement with local communities to envision transformative change for a new structure of community safety.  Three months later, the City of Minneapolis...
    Minneapolis city councilors told the city police chief on Tuesday that their residents are feeling “terrorized” and say police are “nowhere to be seen” months after the police killing of George Floyd set off protests against police brutality. The Minneapolis City Council called on Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to address constituents’ reports of increased street racing, carjacking, robberies, assaults and shootings. The meeting this week came months after the city council unanimously voted to amend the city’s charter to allow the city police department to be dismantled. The proposal, which would need to be voted on as a ballot measure, would replace the police department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention, “which will have responsibility for public safety...
    After the tragic death of George Floyd rocked the nation, the Minneapolis City Council — which is composed of nearly all Democrats — took the lead in the anti-police movement, voting to defund the city's police department. The council sought to replace traditional law enforcement with newer community-based, alternative forms of policing. But as violent crime has plagued the city for months, the city council is now asking: "Where are the police?"What's the background?As TheBlaze reported, the Minneapolis City Council passed a resolution in June to replace the city's police department with an alternative "community safety" model. The development came days after the council promised anti-police residents that they would completely dismantle the city's policing system.What is happening now?During...
    Ramsey County JailDerek ChauvinThe unprecedented rebellion following the heinous killing of George Floyd marks a watershed moment for Minneapolis like no other in its history. To date, however, the mayor and City Council’s actions fall far short of meeting this historic challenge. City officials dare not wait until the next police victim lies dead.  Council members’ pledge to reinvent policing via a vaguely worded charter amendment put the cart before the horse. A robust democratic debate depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for. Council members offered no details, no vision or models. About half the current council members were elected in 2017 on their commitments to tackle police reform and end police misconduct and brutality. Yet, following a...
              Two Minneapolis citizens appear desensitized to their city’s worsening crime in a viral video of a downtown shootout early Sunday morning. The Uber driver’s dashcam recorded the incident. The interaction between the female passenger and Uber driver is calm despite the violence occurring in front of them. In the dashcam video, the woman approaches the Uber driver’s car at a normal walking pace. A gunshot rings out. Then six shots. The woman enters the Uber as three more shots ring out; one of the fleeing individuals behind the woman dives and collides with the Uber. The following is a description of what transpired. “Hi!” The woman said. “Get in, get in, get in.”...
    The Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council is reportedly panicking as violent crime is surging throughout the city after they called for defunding the police department following the death of George Floyd in late May. During a two-hour Minneapolis City Council meeting on police reform, “council members told police Chief Medaria Arradondo that their constituents are seeing and hearing street racing which sometimes results in crashes, brazen daylight carjackings, robberies, assaults and shootings,” MPR News reported. “The number of reported violent crimes, like assaults, robberies and homicides are up compared to 2019, according to MPD crime data. More people have been killed in the city in the first nine months of 2020 than were slain in all of last year. Property crimes,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police have arrested two juveniles in connection to an armed carjacking and other robberies — which all happened Tuesday. Minneapolis police first responded to the armed carjacking in southwest Minneapolis of a red BMW. Squads later received report of a robbery near the University of Minnesota matching a similar description of the stolen vehicle. According to police, shots were fired Tuesday afternoon on the 1100 block of Lowry Avenue after a father and an 11-year-old were robbed at gunpoint. No one was struck by the bullets. Police are looking into whether this incident is connected to the other robberies in the day. A police K-9 located the vehicle that matched the description and attempted a traffic...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A girl is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while she was skateboarding in north Minneapolis Monday night. Police say the accident happened at about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of North Bryant and Dowling avenues. MPD spokesperson John Elder says the girl, who is between 12 and 15 years old, was traveling northbound down a hill on Bryant Avenue and didn’t stop before crossing Dowling Avenue. The driver who hit her stopped, called 911 and helped her before first responders arrived. She was taken to Hennepin Health. At the time of her arrival at the hospital, the victim’s identity was unknown. However, investigators say they have been since been able to identify the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The 17-year-old boy killed and another man hurt Monday in a north Minneapolis shooting were members of a Republican congressional candidate’s campaign. The Lacy Johnson campaign says the two victims were members of the outreach team and were not performing campaign duties when the shooting occurred Monday afternoon at the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling avenues. Minneapolis police say a group of people were standing outside of a Super USA convenience store when one or more shooters opened fire. The teenager and the man were hit, and emergency crews brought them to Hennepin Healthcare for treatment. The teenager was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Investigators are still searching for the shooters, who fled the scene on...
            by Anthony Gockowski  Republican Kendall Qualls will receive the endorsement of the Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police during a Tuesday morning press conference, his campaign said in a press release. Qualls will receive the endorsement in front of the Peace Officers Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol and plans to “contrast his support of law enforcement with that of his opponent,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips. Qualls called his opponent “arrogant and delusional” earlier this month after Phillips said it was “unfair and irresponsible to expect law enforcement to maintain safety and order in our cities until we rectify 400 years of racism and oppression.” “Instead of fueling the flames of racial division and accusing Third...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A girl is in serious condition after being struck by a vehicle while she was skateboarding in north Minneapolis, and police need the public’s help to identify her. Police say the accident happened at about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of North Bryant and Dowling avenues. MPD spokesperson John Elder says the girl, who is between 12 and 15 years old, was traveling northbound down a hill on Bryant Avenue and didn’t stop before crossing Dowling Avenue. The driver who hit her stopped, called 911 and helped her before first responders arrived. She was taken to Hennepin Health. Investigators have not been able to identify the girl, who was wearing black shorts, a black...
    Several recent protests and riots across the United States have been sparked by the deaths of armed — rather than unarmed –suspects. Shootings of armed suspects by police officers in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, have sparked demonstrations — with some turning into riots — within the last month. One riot in Minneapolis was sparked by the death of an armed suspect who committed suicide. The most recent example of this trend came in Lancaster, after a police officer fatally shot Ricardo Munoz, who was charging at the officer with a knife on Sunday, body camera footage shows. The footage shows the officer initially retreating from Munoz, before opening fire as the suspect continued running at the officer,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 17-year-old boy is dead and a man is hospitalized after a shooting late Monday afternoon in Minneapolis. Police say ShotSpotter technology detected several gunshots just before 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of North Fremont and Dowling avenues. (credit: CBS) Officers arrived to find the two shooting victims. The teen was later pronounced dead at North Memorial Health hospital, and the man is in serious but stable condition at Hennepin Health. The exact age of the survivor has not been released. Police spokesperson John Elder says a group of people were standing outside of a Super USA gas station when one or more shooters opened fire and fled on foot. There are no suspects in custody yet,...
    By BRAND WILLIAMS, Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Farji Shaheer stopped making hospital visits in mid-March, his critical face-to-face contacts with victims of violence halted by the social distancing brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. He was able to get back into HCMC in June, but by then the damage had been done. “There was already a rash of shootings of individuals and murders of individuals that were being retaliated for,” said Shaheer, a violence prevention specialist with Next Step. Homicide tallies that began inching above normal in the spring skyrocketed in the summer. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the city recorded 41 homicides, more than double the number in the same period in 2019, Minnesota Public...
              Representative Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN-5) stated that the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) hasn’t solved half the homicides and destroys rape kits. Because of this, she says, the MPD should be dismantled. “We can reimagine a public safety system that empowers and provides safety for every person in our city regardless of the color of their skin or zip code,” the freshman congresswoman tweeted. “Dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department is necessary in order to heal and move forward as a community.” We can reimagine a public safety system that empowers and provides safety for every person in our city regardless of the color of their skin or zip code. Dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department is necessary...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police are investigating a shooting that took place overnight in downtown. They responded to North 4th Street and North 2nd Avenue around 2:30 a.m., near the Pizza Luce on reports of a shooting. One person was found shot at the scene with non-life threatening injuries. An hour later, another person arrived at North Memorial hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say they are investigating the incidents, and no one has been arrested at this time.
    The family of unarmed black man George Floyd are pushing back against claims he died from a drug overdose.  Floyd, 46, passed away May 25 while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes as he lost consciousness.  Floyd was pronounced dead by medical technicians who responded to the scene, and Chauvin was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.  During a pretrial hearing on Friday, defense attorneys claimed Floyd had taken fentanyl prior to his arrest, which likely caused his death.  But outside court, Floyd's family disputed those claims, stating: 'The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A series of weekly public forums kicked off Friday to look at police-community relations in Minneapolis, and the city’s response following the death of George Floyd. The volunteer organization Communities United Against Police Brutality is hosting the meetings titled the People’s Floyd Commission. Michelle Gross, the president of CUAPB, says it’s work the city has failed to do this summer. “The whole goal is to gather all of this testimony, and then produce a report with recommendations afterward so that we can avoid this from ever happening again,” Gross said. Organizer Toussaint Morrison compared the meetings to the Christopher Commission, which examined the Los Angeles Police Department in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson, 24, has been charged by the United States Attorney’s office with arson in connection to a fire set inside Target’s headquarters in downtown Minneapolis last month. The fire happened on Aug. 26, in the midst of rioting and looting in downtown following a false rumor that Minneapolis police fatally shot a Black man suspected of murder on Nicollet Mall. The victim, in reality, had shot himself as police were closing in on him. The criminal complaint alleges that Jackson, from Richfield, was seen on surveillance video using a construction sign to break through a glass door at the headquarters on the 1000 block of Nicollet Mall. Police on Nicollet Mall during rioting on...
    The four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd appeared in court Friday for a hearing about whether or not they’d be charged together or in separate trials. Attorneys for the former cops argued for them to be given separate trials, as each cop is seeking to downplay their role in the death of Floyd, who died after officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck during a May 25 arrest, Fox News reported. Prosecutors urged the judge for each of them to be tried together because the cases against them are similar, and four separate trials could traumatize victims and Floyd’s family, ABC News reported. “Here, all four Defendants worked together to murder Floyd: Chauvin, Kueng,...
    The Minnesota Vikings plan to honor George Floyd’s family during the season opener Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The team revealed the plans in a press release Friday. The #Vikings will help bring awareness to social justice issues during Sunday’s regular season opener at @usbankstadium. ????: https://t.co/ur5aMni8Pp pic.twitter.com/Wjiwi8djvn — Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 11, 2020 “The Minnesota Vikings will continue to use the team’s platform to bring awareness to critical issues of racism and injustice when they kick off the season this Sunday, September 13, against the Green Bay Packers,” the press release from the team read. Floyd’s family will be honored after a prerecorded version of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” is performed...
    Over the past few months, since George Floyd’s homicide, there has been debate around defunding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). While I now reside in Minneapolis, my roots are in small town, rural Minnesota, where I was born and raised. Over the past few months, I have noticed many folks from Greater Minnesota decrying the notion of defunding the police on social media. They are suggesting that folks from the Twin Cities who support this idea are anti-American or hate the police. I find these claims to be specious and not based in fact. A recent poll of Minneapolis voters conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling indicates there is broad support in Minneapolis for police reform, including some level of reallocation of...
    Protesters were up early in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to gather outside the Hennepin County Courthouse for the first in-person hearing in the pretrial for the officers involved in George Floyd's death. Former officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung, and Tou Thao arrived at the courthouse on Friday morning along with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to allow Judge Peter Cahill to hear their arguments. Attorneys for the four former officers are expected to ask that each officer be tried separately and that the trial be moved out of Hennepin County. Dozens of protesters gathered outside the courthouse to demonstrate on behalf of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody on Memorial Day. One speaker...
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Thirty one police officers in the western North Carolina city of Asheville have resigned from the force since June. Police Chief David Zack told The Citizen Times on Thursday that the number is "unprecedented.” The resignations amount to loss of more than one sworn officer for every ten in the force of 283 - or 13% of the force. The numbers do not take into account retirements. Zack attributed the departures to a lack of support and a “very vocal” opposition to law enforcement following the death of a Black man in Minneapolis police custody earlier this year. But proponents of a local movement to defund police say department should consider what's behind their outrage. “Its...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council’s public health and safety committee denied a motion that would have authorized a lease for a new temporary site for the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. Rioters set fire to the department’s 3rd Precinct building on the night of May 28, three days after George Floyd died while in police custody. READ MORE: Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey Defends Decision To Abandon MPD 3rd Precinct As of August, the precinct’s officers have been working out of the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown. The police department was planning to sublease a warehouse off of East 26th Street and Minnehaha Avenue in the Seward neighborhood, about a half-mile northwest of the now-derelict 3rd Precinct building. Rent and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis police called early for help from the National Guard during the unrest following George Floyd’s death, according to new evidence released by a Minnesota Senate committee. The Republican-controlled Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee says a Minneapolis police commander sent a detailed request on May 27, just after 9 p.m. The administration of Gov. Tim Walz has said there was no formal request, so the National Guard was not called until Thursday. The committee also reports there was a plan to hold the Third Precinct without loss of life, but Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey overruled that plan. The Third Precinct was overrun and burned.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 18-year-old was shot Thursday evening near a busy Minneapolis intersection. Police say it happened at about 7 p.m. on the 700 block of West Broadway Avenue, near Lyndale Avenue North. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police are investigating, and say no one in custody.
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for one of four former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd’s death is highlighting Floyd’s past crimes and history of drug use, calling him an ex-con and “evident danger to the community.” Another is seizing on Floyd’s medical issues and addiction, saying he likely died from fentanyl, not a knee on his neck. Some court filings by defense attorneys in recent months are taking a blame-the-victim approach. It’s a common defense strategy that legal experts say will be used to show officers acted reasonably, and to counter widely seen bystander video showing a white police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. Experts say the strategy may resonate with a potential jury pool,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – People living in southwest Minneapolis are expressing concerns about safety in their neighborhood. It comes after social media reports about a reduction in officer staffing in the 5th police precinct. WCCO has confirmed the reports that sometimes the entire precinct is staffed by only eight police officers. But MPD is working to move resources around to parts of the city that need it most. 20 neighborhoods make up the 5th precinct and according to reports from that precinct inspector, their bare minimum staffing can be as low as eight officers a shift. Marni Pulford knows firsthand how important it is to have a police presence. She was attacked on her way to work during the afternoon. “One guy...
    Minneapolis and St. Paul are seeing a shortage of guns and ammunition, an occurrence that experts attribute to anxiety over the coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest and an increasingly fraught presidential race. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota last August. But this year, during that same time period, there were nearly 35,000 – a 59% increase from 2019. Gun owners have traced the surge in gun and ammunition sales to March, when the COVID-19 outbreak caused Americans to start panic buying and led to a shortage of typical household supplies, like toilet paper. It also exacerbated fears of potential home invasions. MINNEAPOLIS, ST. PAUL FACE NEW OBSTACLE AFTER RIOTS: SKY-HIGH DEMOLITION COSTS Through the end...
    The Minneapolis City Council's attempt to defund or abolish the city's police department appears to have lost momentum as the highly charged emotion after George Floyd's death in May gives way to the reality of how important a police department is to public safety, according to the Star Tribune. In the aftermath of Floyd's death while being restrained by Minneapolis Police, the city council voted in favor of a commitment to replace the police department with another form of public safety. That effort failed to get on the November ballot, however, mostly due to a lack of detail on what would replace the police. The obstacles have forced some city council members to face the fact that creating policy...
    Matt Christenson has been named the new police chief at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Matt Christenson, a 29-year veteran of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport police force, was promoted to police chief on Sept.9, 2020. Christenson has worked in the airport’s police department since 1991 in various roles, including in the investigations department. (Courtesy of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport) Christenson has worked in the MSP Airport Police Department since 1991 in various roles including as a community service officer, sergeant, commander and eventually deputy chief. He also led the department’s investigative division for about 20 years and started the explosives-detecting canine program in 2003. Additionally, he developed a community policing program in 2008. “Chief Christenson has tremendous knowledge of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is requesting an independent review of the state’s response to the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd. In a request document released Tuesday, the department said it wants the review to focus on how the state deployed resources, particularly in regards to the looting and arson in Minneapolis and St Paul. Officials also want the efficacy of the state’s response evaluated, as well as its collaboration with more than 80 government units. The purpose of the requested review will be to evaluate the state’s response, figure out what other options might have been available, and come up with recommendations for how to respond to future periods of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some Twin Cities police departments are using bait cars to catch brazen thieves stealing catalytic converters in broad daylight. Eagan and Minneapolis police say they have had reports of people stealing them from multiple cars in business parking lots. Police say call 911 if you witness suspicious behavior, like someone working underneath a vehicle in a public parking lot or ramp, and someone using what looks and/or sounds like a grinder or electric saw while underneath a vehicle. Thieves can get about $200 per converter. READ MORE: Catalytic Converter Thefts Spiking In The Twin Cities
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A pedestrian who was struck and killed by a motorcyclist late August in Minneapolis has been identified, according to medical examiners. (credit: Minneapolis Police) On Aug. 31, investigators say a pedestrian was walking against a traffic signal from Bryant Avenue North across Olson Memorial Highway at about 4:34 p.m. when they were hit by an eastbound motorcycle. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office identified the pedestrian as 84-year-old Youa Noua Moua of Minneapolis. The victim died due to multiple blunt force injuries and the manner of death is ruled an accident. The driver of the motorcycle, who suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries, is said to have tried to avoid the pedestrian. Police says it is unlikely...
    Defunding the police is such a bad idea that even the left-wing lunatics on the Minneapolis City Council are backing away from it, reports the far-left Star Tribune. Try not to laugh. I laughed, but you should try not to… Someone has to be the adult in this relationship. “The Minneapolis City Council’s resolve to end the city’s police department has lost momentum, the result of the failure to get the question before voters in November and council members’ diverging ideas on the role of sworn officers in the future,” per the Star Tribune. “In the three months since nine council members pledged to end the department following George Floyd’s killing, the city has experienced a surge in violent crime,...
    Still some questions here. The Rochester Post Bulletin’s Randy Petersen reports: “U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn released an internal review of his office’s expenditures on printing and mailings conducted through two firms with connections to staff members. … The holiday-weekend release of the report comes less than two weeks after the Minnesota Republican visited Rochester and avoided answering questions on the subject, citing the ongoing review. … In a statement released Sunday, the first-term congressman indicates he wants to move beyond the controversy. … ‘I’ve taken corrective action and provided all available information to the House,’ he said. ‘My focus moving forward is continuing my work to promote the interests of southern Minnesotans by sustaining our farmers, supporting small businesses, and...