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    Reuters September 18, 2020 0 Comments Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized President Donald Trump’s handling of the U.S. economy on Friday as the two rivals headed to the election battleground state of Minnesota, one of four states where early voting was getting underway. Trump trails Biden in national opinion polls ahead of the Nov. 3 election, but is trying to make up ground in Minnesota, a state he lost by about 1.5 percentage points to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Biden toured a union carpenter training center in Hermantown, a suburb of the Lake Superior port city of Duluth, and painted a grim picture of the economic situation in Minnesota’s iron ore mining region, saying the coronavirus...
    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...
    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...
    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.” MULTIPLE WORKERS FIRED AFTER GEORGE FLOYD'S MEDICAL RECORDS 'IMPROPERLY ACCESSED' Council President Lisa Bender accused police...
    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...
    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) — Some Minnesota couples are out thousands of dollars after a popular downtown Minneapolis restaurant closed its doors without warning. WCCO dug into why the Butcher and the Boar left two brides-to-be with such a big tab and why they’ve waited weeks for answers. Kelsey Mathisen and Adam Weber decided on an October 2020 wedding back then. “We started planning our wedding May 2019 so way before COVID hit,” Mathisen said. A recent crowd-size cancellation at another venue lead them to book their rehearsal dinner at the Butcher and the Boar’s Beer Garden. “Living downtown ourselves we want to support local business and we were super excited to support that,” Mathisen said. They paid to hold the date...
    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....
    The police officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, leaving the 46-year-old unconscious, has been pictured for the first time since the May 25 killing, and was heckled outside of court. Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with murder and is currently being held in custody, while three other officers are free on bail. On Friday he was present in court for the first time, having previously appeared via videolink.  Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, face mask and handcuffs, he was led away by correction officers after the three hour hearing, as protesters near the court yelled abuse at him.  Derek Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd's neck, was seen for the first time on...
    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...
    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.
    While Minnesotans strain to address the pandemic, racial inequities, and a deeply wounded economy, Neel Kashkari has readily become an omnipresent figure in debates on all of these complex issues. The president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis isn’t content to simply be the purveyor of sound, data-based economic research. Instead of analyzing the Fed’s Ninth District communities from afar, he’s jumped into the mix in community dialogues, and he’s willing to accept the public criticism that accompanies his activism. Article continues after advertisement Of course, people who know Kashkari would never accuse him of timidity. He was an assistant secretary of the Treasury in 2008 and 2009, overseeing the Troubled Assets Relief Program during the financial...
    Culminating decades of work by Minneapolis leaders and residents, the Kmart site that obstructs traffic on Nicollet Avenue just north of Lake Street was set to be demolished in December.  But with the city leasing the site to the U.S. Postal Service to use as a temporary facility — USPS’ Lake Street Station was burned and deemed a total loss during unrest after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd — that move has been delayed.  The USPS lease was signed July 31, 2020, and lasts for up to 24 months. That means any demolition of the Kmart site will be pushed back to 2022 or early 2023, said a city spokesperson. The tear down is a long-awaited exclamation point...
              Representative Jim Hagedorn (R-MN-1) is the only Minnesotan leader to sign the Police Pledge, a promise to oppose any bills, resolutions, or movements to defund the police. No other leaders from the state have signed this pledge yet. Hagedorn signed the pledge Thursday. He credits his decision to American government leadership excusing criminal behavior while blaming law enforcement. “Unfortunately, in recent months, we have seen mayors in big cities across America cave to the most radical voice and undermine police departments,” Hagedorn stated in his press release. “Rioters and looters are routinely destroying public and private property, the businesses that American citizens have spent their lives building, and even people’s homes.” Heritage Action...
    The owner of a Minneapolis salon set on fire during riots over George Floyd's death in May, said recently that rather than helping her rebuild her business, state and local officials opted to tear down the building and stick her with the bill. "I haven't gotten anything, not a penny," Flora Westbrooks, the owner of Flora's Hair Designs, told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday after host Peter Doocy asked her how much aid she had received from the government. Instead, the city of Minneapolis tore down the building and charged Westbrooks for it — at a whopping cost of $200,000. "[The] bill is going to be over $200,000 just for tearing things down and putting up a fence there,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police are investigating a violent assault against a cab driver in broad daylight, and there’s video of how it all unfolded. It happened at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at 34th & Humboldt Ave. in north Minneapolis. An internal cab camera shows one passenger breaking through the plastic barrier and grabbing the driver. Two others get out of the cab and open the driver’s door, attacking from the other side. In total, four people gang up on this man, who tries to drive away, but hits a parked car. The attackers eventually runoff. “A lot of drivers are scared. I can’t blame them, I can’t ask them to put themselves in danger,” said Albert Lenoir manages drivers...
    West Hollywood; Seattle; Portland; Pasco, Wash.; and Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. These are just a handful of the cities where recently arrested Kenosha, Wis., rioters are listed as coming from. And as riots continue to pop up across the United States, such data has fueled speculation about the origins of the agitators and how they might be organized. PORTLAND POLICE CHIEF URGES ELECTED OFFICIALS TO 'HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE' FOR 'NIGHTLY VIOLENCE' The records released so far reveal a mix – of out-of-towners, of people whose home city police do not know and also locals. Records reflect plenty of Kenosha residents have been swept up in the arrests there, just as Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis residents have taken part in the unrest in those cities. In perhaps the most high-profile piece of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Another Twin Cities institution has bitten the dust amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The owner of Butcher & The Boar says the Hennepin Avenue restaurant had closed, effective immediately. Owner Doug Van Winkle says that employees were notified of the closure Monday night. He said multiple factors were in play in the decision to close the restaurant. “Just too much against us … pandemic, social unrest and crime, high costs of operating in downtown, no additional federal aid,” Van Winkle told WCCO’s Jason DeRusha. The restaurant had opened last month for takeout and patio service, along with beer garden guests, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference. “Even with all of the space we have,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As the United States economy experienced its worst quarter on record, the housing market continues to boom. According to the Minneapolis Area REALTORS® (MAR) and the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS®, July had to highest pending sales figure in the 16-county metro area compared to any other July since 2003, perhaps earlier. So, why is the housing market doing so well? WCCO spoke with realtor Lyndon Smith with Edina Realty, and MAR research director David Arbit. “That’s a multi-faceted answer, and I guess the first one is we’re short on inventory,” Smith said. Homebuilders aren’t keeping up with demand, and in the wake of the 2008 recession, there’s still fear from sellers about making any changes,...
    A series of arts venues and other buildings across the metro will be lit in red from 9 p.m. to midnight Tuesday to garner support for Congress to pass the Restart Act, which would provide assistance to those who have lost income due to the pandemic shutdown. The nationwide move, which is expected to see at least 1,500 locations participating, is led by the #WeMakeEvents coalition, which is supporting entertainment venues that have been closed since mid-March and likely won’t reopen until 2021 at the earliest. “The entire live events industry is on the brink of collapse,” said Brad Nelms, director of #WeMakeEvents, in a news release. “Without financial relief, many businesses stand to permanently close, and families risk bankruptcy...
    How to shop for clothes responsibly Campus cases, nurse march, inn apology: News from around our 50 states Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari on the Challenges for Monetary Policy (Bloomberg) -- Subscribe to Odd Lots (Spotify)  © Bloomberg Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, speaks during a presentation at the National Association for Business Economics economic policy conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 6, 2017. Kashkari spoke about the impact of banking regulation, and his "Minneapolis Plan" to end the too-big-to-fail problem among financial institutions. Subscribe to Odd Lots (Apple Podcasts) Every week, hosts Joe Weisenthal and Tracy Alloway take you on a not-so-random walk through hot topics in markets, finance, and economics. The Fed is facing historic...
    Mother Jones illustration; Jim Mone/AP; Morry Gash/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.There are diverging accounts about what happened in the early morning hours of November 15, 2015 in Minneapolis. Police responded to an assault call and, officers say, there was a physical confrontation with the suspect, which ended with one of the cops shooting 24-year-old Jamar Clark. But according to witnesses, Clark was handcuffed and pinned to the ground when he was fatally shot in the head. The police may dispute the eye-witness accounts—and video footage captured from the rear of the ambulance that was called to the scene only offers a vague glimpse of the shooting—but there is no disputing that...
            by Jake Dima  A Minneapolis police officer dropped to the ground after a metal trash can lid struck him in the head during a resurgence of rioting and looting in the city Wednesday. The attack, which was reportedly broadcast on Facebook Live, showed a police officer trying to open his driver’s-side door before the metal disk whizzed through the air and connected with the back of the unsuspecting officer’s head, according to the New York Post. The uniformed officer dropped to the ground and appeared to be rolling in pain, as fellow law enforcement in riot gear made their way to him, the Post’s video showed. #Minneapolis: Officer in hospital with severe injuries, but non life threatening...
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have...
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have...
    The attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death is asking a judge to drop all charges against his client, arguing that the 46-year-old African-American’s death was allegedly due to a drug overdose and was not caused by the officer. Derek Chauvin was caught on camera choking Floyd with his knee for about nine minutes on May 25. The former officer was charged with involuntary manslaughter and was fired from his post after the video was made public in which the pleas of Floyd were recorded, who said repeatedly that he could not breathe. Eric J. Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, filed a motion in a Minnesota courthouse alleging that prosecutors have...
    Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, has requested a judge dismiss the murder charges as prosecutors push for longer prison sentences.  On Friday, an attorney for Chauvin filed a motion in court that argued there was no probable cause to support the second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges pinned to his client.   The motion claimed that Floyd's death was caused drugs in his system, not Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck for an extended period.   'Put simply, Mr. Floyd could not breathe because he had ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl,' the filing said, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (left) on Friday...
    A Minneapolis police officer dropped to the ground after a metal trash can lid struck him in the head during a resurgence of rioting and looting in the city Wednesday. The attack, which was reportedly broadcast on Facebook Live, showed a cop trying to open his driver’s-side door before the metal disk whizzed through the air and connected with the back of the unsuspecting officer’s head, according to the New York Post. The uniformed officer dropped to the ground and appeared to be rolling in pain, as fellow law enforcement in riot gear made their way to him, the Post’s video showed. WATCH:  #Minneapolis: Officer in hospital with severe injuries, but non life threatening after Trash Can Lid thrown at...
    Carver Lake Park in Woodbury will be closed Monday, Aug. 31, through October. The city is closing the park to work on the parking lot, retaining walls and the entrance to the park. The closure affects the entire park including walking trails, bike trails and the swimming beach. Carver Lake Park is on Century Avenue in Woodbury, east of Interstate 494.Related Articles Woodbury pilot killed in crash of small plane near Ely Lawsuit: Woodbury paramedic resigned after he refused police order to inject resident with ketamine, found training lapses Bob Umhoefer, a Woodbury educator who wrote about his illness, dies at 52 Two road closures in Woodbury, Oakdale to start Friday ...
    After Wednesday’s night of looting and property destruction in Minneapolis, officials reported Thursday was a more peaceful night. A nighttime curfew was in place in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota State Patrol troopers and Department of Natural Resources officers arrested 49 people in Minneapolis overnight, mostly for curfew violations and one for underage alcohol consumption. Minneapolis police said 30 were taken into custody during the first hour after the curfew went into effect at 8 p.m. There were not reports of unrest overnight in Minneapolis or St. Paul, according to both police departments. No one was arrested for curfew violations in St. Paul. The State Patrol said law enforcement officers confiscated several knives. No injuries were reported. Gov. Tim Walz...
    The owner of Lotus Restaurant had seen enough. Yoom Nguyen had watched as looters threw a rock and fire extinguisher to break into the family owned business, which opened in 1984 at Grant Street and LaSalle Avenue in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. When Nguyen, who was outside, saw a young man throw a rock at a family photo that hangs on a wall and then leave the restaurant, “I blanked out,” he recalled Thursday afternoon. Nguyen said he pointed the handgun at the man’s head from three feet away. He froze — and Yoom ordered him to leave, which he did. Shook up and emotional, Yoom then began to cry. “It happened so fast … 45 seconds max,”...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Even before last nights destruction and looting, a number of downtown businesses had been re-thinking their future in the city. WCCO spoke with some of them today about the damage they endured and their futures moving forward. One of those businesses is Dahl Medical Supply, located at 12th and Nicollet. They’ve been downtown for about 12 years, but after last night, they don’t plan to stick around another day. “You feel so hopeless and helpless. I have to get there. I have to defend,” Lisa Steffes said. That helpless feeling grew throughout Wednesday night, as Steffes watched surveillance video of looters ransacking her store. “We had several windows broken. And we had a lot of looting,” Steffes...
    How did a rumor that Minneapolis police shot a homicide suspect — which police countered by releasing surveillance video showing he shot himself — lead to people breaking windows downtown and looting businesses? Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison said people’s assumption that officers killed the man, who was Black, “is rooted in a steep distrust.” Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremiah Ellison (Courtesy City of Minneapolis) “Seeing windows broken and items stolen can be beyond frustrating, especially when all that rage was sparked (this time) by misinformation,” he wrote late Wednesday on Twitter. “But so often our policing institutions have themselves been the source of misinformation. We forfeited our goodwill and this is the ugly cost.” The destruction Wednesday night...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More than 100 people have been arrested following unrest in downtown Minneapolis overnight, with Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson vowing to make more arrests if violence continues. On Thursday afternoon, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office released the arrest figures, saying that 132 people were arrested by multiple agencies for various offenses, including riot, burglary, damage to property and violating curfew. It’s unknown how many of those arrested were booked into jail or released. Hutchinson says “the violence must stop now” and that criminal activity will not be tolerated. He also urged for people to stay home and abide by the citywide curfew, set to take effect at 8 p.m. Thursday. “My staff and I...
    While at least seven NFL teams on Thursday cancelled practices in response to the Jacob Blake shooting, the Vikings opted to take the field. A source said Vikings players held an emotional two-hour meeting Thursday morning and ultimately made the decision to practice. They took the field for the scheduled 1:45 p.m. start of the workout. Blake, who is Black, was shot seven times by police Sunday in Kenosha, Wis. That led to the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting an NBA playoff game on Wednesday. The NBA then postponed three playoff games scheduled for that day. According to ESPN, teams that did not practice Thursday in response to the Blake shooting included Green Bay, Indianapolis, Arizona, Tennessee, Washington, Denver and the New...
    Mayhem and looting erupted in Minneapolis late Wednesday after a suspected gunman fatally shot himself as police zeroed in to arrest him, but false rumors spread that he had been killed by officers. On Wednesday around 2pm the suspect, a black man, and a woman were in a parking garage where they encountered another man. A confrontation ensued where the suspect with the woman shot the man who approached them, and the couple fled. The woman was taken into custody a short time later. Hours later police located the murder suspect and as they sought to arrest him, he procured a gun and shot himself in front of the Nicollet Mall area downtown around 6pm. However, false rumors emerged that...
    A protester shines a flashlight in the direction of Kenosha County Sheriffs Deputies outside the Kenosha Police Department. Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY via REUTERS Protesters rallied following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot by police seven times in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The demonstrations erupted in downtown Kenosha as protesters came head to head with local police with face and plastic shields throwing tear-gas canisters. The protest comes nearly three months after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As Black Lives Matter protests continue across the country, Kenosha, Wisconsin became the new epicenter for the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Did you know there’s a water taxi in Minneapolis? It will take you where you need to go along parts of the Mississippi River. And, it’s solar-powered. In this week’s Finding Minnesota, John Lauritsen shows us how it all got started and why the scenery is as important as the service. There are many ways to take in the Minneapolis skyline. By highway and skyway are what most people know. But thanks to two riverboat captains and the summer sun, there’s now another way. “Right away someone is commenting on how quiet it is. Which tells me that’s positive,” Greg Hoseth said. Greg Hoseth and Cory Parkos are the men behind the Minneapolis Water Taxi. They’ve used...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed ways the department is making the city safer during a city council committee meeting Thursday. “The tide is not turning as quickly as I’d like to see it turn,” Arradondo said. READ MORE: Chief Arradondo On ’60 Minutes’: ‘We Cannot Afford To Take Away’ Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo (credit: CBS) He said there is less group-related violence overall, like when almost a dozen people were shot in Uptown in June. He also says MPD has made significant arrests through its partnership with the Violent Crime Task Force. Chief Arradondo is asking neighborhood groups to coordinate with police for continued safety initiatives. READ MORE: Worried Residents Sue Minneapolis Leaders Over Crime...
    One of the four Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's death admitted he did not inspect or collect the alleged counterfeit bill he was accused of using before arresting him, newly-released audio reveals.   Thomas Lane's interviews with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) following Floyd's killing on May 25, were publicly released this week.  Lane is one of the three officers charged with aiding and abetting murder for holding down Floyd's legs during his fatal arrest. Floyd lost consciousness and died after a fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while he complained that he couldn't breathe.  The 46-year-old black man had been detained by cops after he was suspected of trying...
              Eight Minneapolis residents filed a lawsuit Monday against the City of Minneapolis and Mayor Jacob Frey for the negative repercussions of defunding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The plaintiffs allege that city officials’ words and actions concerning law enforcement caused a severe uptick in Metro’s crime rates. The plaintiffs are represented by the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMWLC), who issued a press release the day after the suit was filed. “The petition alleges Minneapolis’s leaders have violated their duties to fund, employ and manage a police force as required by the City Charter. Rather than work to improve public safety, the City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey are making the city a more...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Kids are back at a north Minneapolis grade school this week, but they’re not in the classroom — they’re learning outside. Harvest Best Academy is a charter school using tents to create a safe learning environment. “All the parents and the kids as they’re checking them in, they’re distanced,” Hortense Hollie said. Five-year-old Aubry started her first week at Harvest Best Academy in north Minneapolis. She and 70 other kindergarteners are being nurtured by nature in outdoor classrooms. “The outside environment, they get the air, I’m just excited about it,” Hollie said. Aubry’s grandmother is thrilled the school came up with a creative option to continue vital development. “Young people at this age need to learn to...
    Outlasting a field of 11 candidates, Jamal Osman won the August 11 special election for the Ward 6 seat on the Minneapolis City Council. He replaces Abdi Warsame, who resigned in March to become executive director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.  That move left residents of Ward 6 — which includes the Seward, Cedar-Riverside, Philips West, Elliot Park, Stevens Square, and Ventura Village neighborhoods — without council representation for months, at a time when the city was dealing with several issues directly affecting ward residents: a lack of affordable housing and growing homelessness; the unrest and damage to Ward 6 businesses following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers; the future of the policing in the city. ...
    A candidate attending a Black Lives Matter protest yelled profanities at people displaying a pro-police yard sign in Hugo, Minnesota, on Saturday, video shows. At the protest outside of the Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll’s home, John Thompson yelled profanities at a group of neighboring women standing in their driveway, video shows. Thompson is running to represent the 67th district in the Minnesota state House of Representatives. “Come on over here with your ‘Blue Lives Matter’ sign. Blue live ain’t shit, and if people in Hugo don’t support black people, fuck Hugo,” Thompson said while wearing a “Bob Kroll Must Go” shirt, video shows. WATCH:   Thompson issued an apology addressing his actions towards the women via Facebook on...
    New interrogation footage of former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao reveals he said he could've been 'more observant' about George Floyd's condition during the arrest.  Thao is also heard stating that he was worried Floyd could have been experiencing 'superhuman' strength as a result of overdosing on drugs at the time of the arrest.  The interrogation video was released by the court on Friday and shows Thao speaking with investigators from the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  Q13 Fox Privacy Policy The court released former officer Tou Thao's interrogation tape Friday. He is seen here speaking with investigators from the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Thao is seen in uniform on May 25,...
    The city of Minneapolis is demanding that businesses devastated by the rioters and looters this summer have to pay all their 2020 property taxes to the city before they can remove the debris from their suites and rebuild with the aid of a demolition permit. “Most small businesses don’t have insurance, and most insurance policies only cover risks that can be modeled (such as fires, natural disasters, etc), not riots. Even in a best case scenario where a business does have insurance and is fully able to recoup the dollar value of everything stolen, the business still suffers a loss during the weeks or months they spend waiting to be paid out by insurance,” writer Matt Palumbo noted. “Most property...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two boys are recovering after shootings Thursday night in north Minneapolis left them with head wounds. The Minneapolis Police Department says one of the children, an 11-year-old, was shot inside a car near the intersection of 22nd and Lyndale avenues. The other boy, 17, was shot while in a vehicle at the intersection of 52nd and Fremont avenues. Both boys are expected to survive. This is a developing story. Check back for more.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minneapolis officer is back on the job after decorating a Christmas tree inside the 4th Precinct with racially insensitive items. An arbitrator ruled Mark Bohnsack was wrongfully terminated by the Minneapolis Police Department. However, community members say the incident was meant to hurt people on the North Side. A package of menthol cigarettes, a can of malt liquor, and a cup from a fried chicken restaurant decorated the Christmas tree inside the Minneapolis Police Fourth Precinct. “When this happened, communities were really upset. People were ready to make some action happen and they did, right, we put the pressure on and they did,” said Chauntyll Allen, a community leader for Black Lives Matter Twin Cities. READ...
    REUTERS/Joshua LottStocks may be down, but gun sales are up. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, as calls to defund the police gained momentum, gun shops experienced a surge in business much as they did during the early weeks of COVID-19 — most notably from first-time buyers fearful for their safety. But we must rid ourselves of the illusion that guns make us safer. Increasing the number of guns on the streets does not make us safer, just as increasing the police budget does not make us safer. Both of these solutions are motivated by fear, rather than logic. If the police are abolished, the argument goes, won’t we bear the burden of defending ourselves? On the one hand,...
    People visit the gravesite of George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody has sparked nationwide protests against racial inequality, in Pearland, Texas, U.S., June 9, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare Protesters in Minneapolis say they won't allow the city to remove the cement barricades around the George Floyd memorial until the city meets 24 demands, WCCO reported.  The demands include recalling Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, firing four employees of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and ending qualified immunity.  George Floyd died on May 25 after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes until he became unresponsive.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Protesters in Minneapolis are demanding that 24 conditions be met before the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Not much gets to Shannon Grendahl. Not even a near-death experience that feels like one in a million. “I just go about my life the way it was, you know what I mean?” Grendahl said. “My friends were there looking at me and said, ‘You just got shot in the head.’ And I’m like, ‘And? What am I supposed to do?’” Wednesday afternoon, a bloody bandage covered the deep scar on his scalp, carrying with it a story not too many people live to talk about. On Friday, Aug. 7, at about 10 p.m., Grendahl was talking to neighbors outside his apartment building near Loring Park when shots rang out close by at the intersection of 15th...
    Minnesota’s most closely watched primary race on Tuesday night was the contest between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Antone Melton-Meaux in the Fifth Congressional District. The district, which covers Minneapolis and some of its surrounding suburbs, is one of the most liberal in the country, and whoever wins the DFL primary in it is basically guaranteed a seat in Congress. In a primary challenge against incumbent Rep. Ilhan Omar, attorney Antone Melton-Meaux positioned himself as an alternative to the high-profile first term representative. Omar is a member of the progressive “Squad” who has attracted both praise and controversy in her two years in Congress. Omar was declared the winner on election night, and while votes will be trickling in in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Voters in Minneapolis should expect significant changes to the polling process on Tuesday’s primary, as this will be the city’s first election since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. First off: Your polling place might have moved. The city says 50 of its 125 polling places were moved, particularly if they were located in residential buildings. (To check your polling place, click here.) RELATED: WCCO’s Minnesota Primary Guide Voters will be asked to wear a mask. For those that refuse to wear one or have a medical reason not to, they’ll be able to vote outside the polling place, in a designated area. Curbside voting will also be an option. Those entering polling places...
    MinnPost file photo by Corey AndersonBoth the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election.In the midst of all the confusion and controversy surrounding back-to-school planning in the midst of a pandemic, five districts have managed to land items on the primary ballot.  Both the Minneapolis Public Schools district and the Red Lake School District are holding school board races that have attracted enough candidates to trigger a first round of elimination during the Aug. 11 primary election. Only two candidates, per open seat, are allowed to advance to the general election.  In Minneapolis, five...
    The burgundy Oldsmobile sped through an intersection in a tree-lined residential neighborhood on Minneapolis’ North Side, and Lisa Williams shook her head in disgust. Lisa Williams. (Nina Robinson/The New York Times) “Look at this,” she said, surrounded by four of her young grandchildren on the short stoop of her home. “They ride as fast as they can right down through here with no regard for the children.” It is in such moments — when she is reminded of the many dangers in her community, from speeding cars to gunshots — that Williams, 50, would welcome the presence of police. But then she recalls the time several years ago when she and her husband arrived home to find several police vehicles...
    The Minneapolis Charter Commission wisely, if unpredictably, told the Minneapolis City Council that its plan to reimagine public safety was not ready to go on the ballot this November. Predictably, this was met with outrage from the activist class who insisted the delay was an example of democracy denied. Jeremiah Ellison, for example, a council member in favor of abolishing the police department to be replaced by a Department of Happy Thoughts and Good Wishes, said of the commission’s decision, “this is not democracy. In a democracy the people decide. But I guess today the Charter Commission decided otherwise.” Ellison is wrong. The way it works is that the charter is the city’s constitution. To amend it requires adult thinking,...
    The lawyer for one of the four former Minneapolis police officers charged over George Floyd's death has claimed his client 'only handled crowd control' and had offered cops a hobble restraint to use during the fatal arrest.   Defense attorney Robert Paule filed a memo on Wednesday supporting his earlier motion to dismiss charges against fired officer Tou Thao for lack of probable cause.  The memo said Thao had his back to what was going on as officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed black man.  Chauvin had pinned Floyd down with his leg for more than eight minutes on May 25 even after he repeatedly pleaded for air. The defense...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump this week repeated his false claim that he called out the Minnesota National Guard to crush violent riots in Minneapolis. It was Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz who did that. The president also on Aug. 3 put Minneapolis on a list of the most violent cities in America. The country’s biggest cities saw violent unrest this summer, including Minneapolis. Since June 23, the president has repeatedly linked violence to cities run by Democrats. “You hear about certain places like Chicago and you hear about what’s going on in Detroit and other, other cities, all Democrat run,” Trump said. “Every one of them is Democrat-run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous...
    A Minneapolis commission on Wednesday prevented the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council’s amendment to dismantle the city’s police department from appearing on the ballot this November, saying that it needed more time to evaluate the proposal. “The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer,” CBS News reported. “Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast.” The proposal would have replaced the department with a poorly defined “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” “The issue would likely have gone to voters if the commission had acted decisively either for or against the...
    A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the police department in the wake of George Floyd's death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city's charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer. Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast. The proposed amendment followed widespread criticism of law enforcement over Floyd's death. It would have replaced the police department with a "Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention" that backers said would take a more "holistic" approach. That...
            by George Rasley  If you want a look at the dystopian Hell that Democrats will create in your city or town should they win the 2020 election look no further than what has happened in Minneapolis since the city council and Mayor gave the city over to the Far Left BLM revolutionaries. After the city leaders allowed days of violent insurrection, that burned over three miles of city storefronts, the Minneapolis City Council voted 12-0 to abolish the city police department. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, homicides, shootings and robberies in Minneapolis have all increased by double digits from last year. So far this year 288 people have been shot — a total that...
    Heading to Minneapolis this weekend from points east? Drivers, take note. The Minnesota Department of Transportation will close the westbound lanes of Interstate 94 between Minnesota 280 and Interstate 35W for weekend road work. The closures begin 10 p.m. Friday and the road should reopen by 4 a.m. Monday. Highway ramps will close by 8 p.m. Friday. The road resurfacing is the latest segment in the five-part I-35W@94 project, which began in 2017 and wraps up in the fall of 2021.Related Articles Blue Line expansion project in Hennepin County hits roadblock Motorists should expect lane closures on I-35E in north metro starting Monday due to road work Two road closures in Woodbury, Oakdale to...
    The burgundy Oldsmobile sped through an intersection in a tree-lined residential neighborhood on Minneapolis’ North Side, and Lisa Williams shook her head in disgust. “Look at this,” she said, surrounded by four of her young grandchildren on the short stoop of her home. “They ride as fast as they can right down through here with no regard for the children.” It is in such moments — when she is reminded of the many dangers in her community, from speeding cars to gunshots — that Williams, 50, would welcome the presence of police. But then she recalls the time several years ago when she and her husband arrived home to find several police vehicles parked on their front lawn. Officers told...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After being closed for more than two months following the death of George Floyd, Cup Foods has reopened in south Minneapolis. The convenience store, located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, had been closed since late May, when Floyd was fatally arrested outside the store. Cellphone video of Floyd’s death sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis and across the country. Cup Foods has come under criticism for having called police on Floyd after he allegedly tried to pass a fake $20 bill. The store’s owner said the call should never have led to Floyd’s death. RELATED: Daily Mail Obtains Body Cam Video From 2 Officers In George Floyd’s Arrest Death The...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — After being closed for more than two months following the death of George Floyd, Cup Foods has reopened in south Minneapolis. The convenience store, located at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and 38th Street, had been closed since late May, when Floyd was fatally arrested outside the store. Cellphone video of Floyd’s death sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis and across the country. Cup Foods has come under criticism for having called police on Floyd after he allegedly tried to pass a fake $20 bill. The store’s owner said the call should never have led to Floyd’s death. RELATED: Daily Mail Obtains Body Cam Video From 2 Officers In George Floyd’s Arrest Death The...
    As violent protests and riots stemming from George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis continue across the country, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is blaming Democratic leadership in the country’s major cities for creating “the mess” that has caused strife and unrest. Paul highlighted on New York WABC 770 AM’s “The Cats Roundtable” the fact that Democrats have been running the major cities like New York City, Portland and Minneapolis, which he argued is why they are to blame for the anarchy. “They see the spreading racial tension, they see the spreading rioting, they see … Portland’s been on fire for 55 days. I think the most important thing to come of this — because you have to figure out how do we...
    Minneapolis police has advised people to give up their purses and cellphones if they are attacked as the city battles a surge in violent crime. The city's beleaguered police department – which is struggling to cope with less officers and a huge increase in violent crime since the death of George Floyd - has issued a list telling residents how to protect themselves in the current climate. Some of the examples on the list include; 'carry only items you need and carry less cash; be prepared to give up your cellphone and purse or wallet; don't fight with the criminal; remember your safety is most important.' Minneapolis has been a focal point since the killing of George Floyd by a...
    JONATHAN SLAGHT: Researcher and conservationist launches his book “Owls of the Eastern Ice: The Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl.” Slaght took a five-year journey to study the enigmatic Blakiston’s Fish Owl, the rarest species of owl on earth, found only in the far northern regions of Russia, Japan, and Korea. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, presented by Minneapolis-based Museum of Russian Art via Zoom. Register in advance at: tmora.org/events/owls-of-the-eastern-ice-book-launch/ Sign up for Newsletters and Alerts Subscribe Follow Us Facebook Twitter Instagram RSS Most Popular Soucheray: And our ability to reason is swept away Water skier injured in accident with sheriff patrol boat on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Neighborhoods across Minneapolis are dealing with an uptick in the number of daily shootings. Shot spotter activations are up 72% from this time last year. Many in these communities turn to social media to see what happened over night and there are details of who was shot, where and when. Mayor Jacob Frey gave city council members numbers to back up what residents experience every day. “During the week of July 14, there were 146 shot spotter activations. During the week of July 21, there were 152 activations,” said Frey Frey says in the past two weeks, 32 people have been shot. Many were innocent bystanders. “Year-to-date this has been a higher shooting victim total than the last...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota primary is coming up fast and election judges around the country are making sure they’re ready. On Friday morning, the Elections and Voters Services building in Minneapolis was running voting tests. The tests are conducted before every election. It’s a chance to fill in the boxes on what works before voters fill in the ovals on their candidates. “I can assure you election officials across the country have been diligently working in collaborating on making sure every citizen across our country can cast a ballot safely and accurately,” said Grace Wachlarowicz, director of Elections and Voter Services in Minneapolis. Wachlarowicz’s comments come after President Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the election because of...
    A Minneapolis pastor told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that his neighborhood has become like the "Wild, Wild West" as the police presence has dwindled following the death of George Floyd. "Crime is on the up and up," Vine Church MPLS Pastor Steve Carlisle told host Tucker Carlson. "We need a greater cop presence," he added, "and there are incidents -- I just happen to live about six blocks from the Third Precinct, six blocks away from where the Target was burned down [in riots after Floyd's death] and I can tell you, speaking for where I live, it would seem like the Wild, Wild West. MINNEAPOLIS 'UMBRELLA MAN' WHO SPARKED AUTOZONE FIRE IS HELLS' ANGELS MEMBER: POLICE "People are just bold enough to fire guns and break...
    Heading to Minneapolis this weekend from the east metro? Drivers will be in for a difficult highway commute when the eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 in Minneapolis close near the St. Paul border. From 8 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday, I-94 will be closed between Interstate 35W and Minnesota 280 for road resurfacing. Drivers on I-94 can take Interstate 35E to Minnesota 36 and then over to I-35W. The five-stage “35W@94 Downtown to Crosstown” project began in the summer of 2017. The final stage, currently underway, includes resurfacing I-94 and ramps between Nicollet Avenue and Minnesota 280, adding a new traffic management system and improving overall accessibility. More information is online at dot.state.mn.us/35w94.Related Articles Public input invited...
    The site where George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police Department officers in May, which is now a memorial, has become a hot spot for violence at night, and police officers don't respond to calls in that area, according to the New York Times. Floyd was killed in south Minneapolis outside a store called Cup Foods. Store employees called police after Floyd allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes. A large memorial to Floyd has stood in that area for the past two months, and it's peaceful during the day. At night, it's a different story. "What people aren't recognizing is that people who live there are having a very, very challenging time from the...
    A new festival will kick off at 3 p.m. Thursday at the State Capitol and travel to four other outdoor spaces in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis Revitalization Festival started as an online auction and has grown into “a diverse and expansive celebration of art, music, community, diversity, kindness and inclusion.” The fiscal sponsor for the festival is local nonprofit Invent Minnesota. Proceeds will go to artists, a fund for children whose families have experienced police violence and organizations that are committed to rebuilding Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Thursday’s festival includes stops at the Walker Art Center at 4 p.m., Nicollet Mall at 4:30 and Juxtaposition Arts at 5. It wraps with a performance at the...
    Open the schools This fall marks my 22nd year teaching in Minnesota’s largest school district — Anoka-Hennepin. Based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated July 24, schools should open this fall for in-person instruction. I urge Gov. Walz, as well as leaders in my own school district, to follow these scientifically research-based recommendations and open our public schools. Many people are very concerned with the unknowns of this pandemic, but what is known and evident in the data that the CDC has published is that although some children have been infected, approximately 95% of COVID 19 cases infect adults. Even when children do contract the disease, they typically have bouts of COVID 19...
    A masked man who was filmed holding an umbrella while smashing the windows of a Minneapolis AutoZone during the George Floyd protests has been identified as a 'Hells Angels' biker with ties to a white supremacist group.  Minneapolis Police announced on Tuesday that they have confirmed the identity of the mysterious figure who was dubbed 'Umbrella Man' on social media after video of the incident went viral. Footage taken on May 27 - two days after Floyd's death - showed a man dressed all in black casually walking up to the store and smashing its windows with a sledgehammer in broad daylight.  Scroll down for video  Minneapolis Police confirmed the identity of the mysterious figure who was dubbed 'Umbrella Man'...
    A man seen breaking windows in a viral video of Minneapolis protests is suspected to be a known member of a white supremacist group, cops have alleged in a search warrant affidavit. The man in question, Mitchell Carlson, has not been charged with a crime. The video, filmed on May 27, showed a man dressed in all black methodically smashing windows of an AutoZone in Minneapolis during racial justice protests over the police killing of George Floyd. The man also spray painted “free shit for everyone zone” on the building’s doors. The man appeared to be dressed as an anti-fascist, but was eyed as a possible infiltrator or “outside agitator” when protesters tried to question him over his activities. He...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis Public Schools is preparing for students to start the school year off via distance learning. According to a phased plan released to parents, the district expects to start the school year on Sept. 8 with students primarily using distance learning. However, this won’t be the same scenario as happened during the lockdown, as buildings would be open to students requiring additional support. The district expects to move to a mix of distance and in-person learning sometime in the first quarter. However, no estimate was given on when a full return to in-person classes could happen, given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. RELATED: Minnesota Parents Anxiously Await Gov. Walz’s ‘Back To School’ Plan...
    Urban Planning as a Tool of White Supremacy – the Other Lesson From Minneapolis
    The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street, the location where George Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. But it is also imprinted in streets, parks and neighborhoods across the city – the result of urban planning that utilized segregation as a tool of white supremacy. Today, Minneapolis is seen to be one of the most liberal cities in the U.S. But if you scratch away the progressive veneer of the U.S.’s most cyclable city, the city with the best park system and sixth-highest quality of life, you find what Kirsten Delegard, a Minneapolis historian, describes as “darker truths...
    The Minneapolis gun violence for 2020 has already passed annual totals for eight of the past 10 years as the city struggles to cope with fierce unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Violent crime in the city tends to hit its highest levels for the year in the summer, but police data shows that the level of gun violence saw a massive spike following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody on May 25. More than 80% of the victims of gun violence in the city this year are black, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Riots broke out in Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul after cell phone video of Floyd’s May...
    A mysterious rotary telephone grants odd and amazing new powers with each dial, though usually for no more than an hour or two. In the mid-1960s, “Dial H For HERO” turned boy-next-door Robby Reed into a strange new superhero in each monthly issue of the DC Comics showcase “House of Mystery,” where Robby’s smalltown optimism and spirit of adventure became a regular installment. Armed with the appropriately cloying catchphrase “Sockamagee!” Robby took to the superhero life like a fish to water, transforming himself into the Mighty Moppet, Hornet Man, the Mole and King Kandy, among countless other peculiar protectors of Littleville, Colo. Minneapolis-bred comics writer Sam Humphries recently completed a 12-issue mini-series for DC Comics based on the 1960s feature...
    Why was he even there? The front-page article on July 20 regarding Officer Chauvin’s personal reactions and other traits (“Inside Chauvin’s quiet life”) was not surprising based on previous media reports. What is amazing to me is why Minneapolis city government with all of its administrative manpower, including a robust human resources department, failed. First off, why was he hired on in the first place? Some of these traits should have been apparent up front. Then, after he was on board, why was there no recognition of his apparent (according to the article) difficulties dealing with impromptu situations and confronting specific behaviors? Was there no recognition of his apparent issues? No progressive step-process for improvement or dismissal? Why was...
    Oklahoma lawmakers are working on legislation aimed at supporting law enforcement and providing better benefits to police officers. Two Republican state representatives, who call it the “Back the Blue” legislation, said it will increase pay for state troopers, create better retirement plans for law enforcement, and increase compensation for family members of officers who are killed in the line of duty, according to News 9. “We have an aging workforce in law enforcement, and as these individuals retire, it's going to be incredibly difficult to recruit police officers for the last decade,” state Rep. Kyle Hilbert said. "I hope we show young men and women in Oklahoma that if you put [on a] blue uniform, we are going...
              The Minneapolis City Council voted to cut the Minneapolis Police Department’s communications division during its Budget Committee discussion Wednesday. The ultimate goal is to have the city’s communications department handle all emergency calls. According to the proposal, the city’s communications department will assume police department communications under two separate plans of action. In one, calls categorized as “Theft-Report Only” will be fully transitioned by December 1st of this year. In another, “Emotionally Disturbed Persons (EDP)” and “Report-Only” calls will be transferred starting 2021. The Council also voted to cut the Communications & Video Coordinator and the Director of Public Information positions from the police department. These proposals raised some concerns within the community. A...
    The Minneapolis City Council voted to disband the city’s police department on June 26, a little more than a month after George Floyd died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. Chauvin, along with three other officers who were there when Floyd was killed, has since been fired from the force and is now awaiting trial for Floyd’s death. The city council vote does not automatically mean Minneapolis will no longer have a police department, of course. After a series of steps, the public will be asked to vote in November on an amendment regarding whether or not this course of action is the right one. In June, a competing vision of police reform...
    After police killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, Democrats in the Legislature renewed calls to lift a state ban on residency requirements for police, which currently prevents cities and counties in Minnesota from making officers live where they work. House DFLers argued that officers are less likely to use excessive force on their neighbors, though Senate Republicans said a residency requirement can hurt recruitment and subject officers to public backlash in the communities they police. MinnPost photo by Greta KaulGov. Tim WalzIn the end, lawmakers compromised. In a broad set of policing reforms approved Tuesday and expected to be signed by Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday morning, the Legislature voted to allow cities and counties to offer incentives for police to...
    Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested on May 29, 2020 for the death of George Floyd. Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office via AP Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer in Minneapolis charged in George Floyd's death, is also facing several felony tax fraud charges, several outlets reported.  Chauvin and his estranged wife face six counts of filing false or fraudulent tax returns from 2014 to 2019, and three counts of failing to file from 2016 to 2018.  Chauvin is currently in custody with a $1.25 million bail for the charges relating to Floyd's death. His wife, Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce when he was charged in May. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the...
    In 1970, the American Indian Movement (AIM) declared its intention to open a school for Native youth living in Minneapolis. AIM had identified the urgent need for Indigenous children to be educated within their own communities. Two years later, Heart of the Earth Survival School opened its doors, providing hope to Native families whose children had endured the racial abuse prevalent in the Minneapolis public schools. In the 1960s and early 70s, due in part to discrimination experienced within the public schools, the dropout rate among Native students in the Twin Cities hovered between 60 and 80 percent. This led to an even greater crisis: the widespread removal of “truant” children from their homes by the social welfare agencies of...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A group of parents and teachers wants to help Minneapolis Public Schools with hiring school resource officer replacements. The district’s board voted to remove the officers earlier this summer after the killing of George Floyd. MPS is now replacing them with “public safety support specialists.” According to the job description posted on the MPS website, applicants are required to have a background in law enforcement. Those attending Sunday’s rally, including Whittier International Elementary employee Rajel Johnson, say that is not what they want for their students. “Who are they gonna call when there’s a serious situation at the high school level? They’re gonna call us … but they’re gonna end up calling the police anyway. Who are...
    The four teenagers drove around Minneapolis playing a game of Nerf Gun Assassin on a May evening before graduation in 2013. One of them randomly fired an orange dart out the window. It was a stupid teenager move. What happened next was deadly serious: Two Minneapolis police officers pulled up, pointed their guns at the teenagers and shouted orders laced with expletives, two of them later recalled. Kristofer Bergh, then 17, said he kept telling himself not to move suddenly or give the police any reason to shoot him. The youth who had fired the dart was steered into their cruiser for what seemed like an hour, and the officers seized everyone’s Nerf guns. One officer made a lasting impression;...
    Flowers and messages are placed at the memorial for George Floyd on June 9, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Residents of the community, and people around the world, have come together in calling for an end to police brutality after the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25th. Brandon Bell/Getty Images Racism in Minneapolis was declared a public health emergency on Friday. The Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution to "recognize the severe impact of racism on the well-being of residents and city overall."  The resolution is authorized two months after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, kneeled...
    In a long opinion piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the authors, five Minneapolis City Council members, Jeremiah Ellison, Lisa Bender, Alondra Cano, Cam Gordon and Steve Fletcher, set forth their plan for a new Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention. You know, what used to be called a police department. Examining their words, even microscopically, the plan is so elusive as to remain unknowable. There really is no plan other than a whimsical wish for peace and justice for all. To accomplish this, we get platitudes and this statement: “As members of the Minneapolis City Council, we have the responsibility to address the persistent failures in our policing system and to propose the best possible solutions for safety,...
    (CNN)"I can't breathe," George Floyd said to Minneapolis Police officers on Memorial Day while in custody, with an officer's knee pressing on his neck. Minutes later the 46-year-old Black man was unresponsive, pronounced dead later that afternoon. Video of the incident then went viral.Five years earlier and over a thousand miles away in Baltimore, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man, uttered those same words, "I can't breathe," while in police custody, according to trial testimony. Gray died from his injuries one week later.Many legal experts, including the Hennepin County attorney who prosecutes cases in Minneapolis, drew the comparison between the Gray case and the Floyd case. At the most basic level, in both cases, a Black man was arrested for...
    “It was not only Constable Derek Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, it was the knee of the entire Minneapolis Police Department … killed, “said Ben Crump, the family’s main lawyer, before the city court. George Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after being handcuffed and immobilized on the ground on his stomach, suffocating under the knee of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin. His death provoked an unprecedented anger movement since the 1960s in the United States against racism and police violence, which spread around the world, with shouting protests of “Black Lives Matter” count). Derek Chauvin, dismissed from the police with three other officers present during the events, will be tried...
    On Friday, March 13, the Minneapolis Institute of Art closed to the public, part of a tsunami of closings that began that week, gathered force over the weekend and left us all stunned by Monday. At the time, many believed the closures would be temporary and brief and COVID would soon be under control. A sign outside one museum said “Closed Until March 28th.” That was four months ago. Tomorrow – Thursday, July 16 – at 10 a.m., Mia will reopen to the public, thoughtfully and cautiously. Only 250 people will be allowed inside at a time. Masks must be worn. Social distancing is required. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building. MinnPost photo by John WhitingThe museum entrance...
    Ron Meuser, an employment lawyer in Minneapolis, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about police morale, the 150 police officers seeking disability for PTSD following the Minneapolis riots and more. “The reality is that these officers — most of these officers have been working for 15, 20, 25 years within the department,” Meuser said, “and during the course of their careers they have been exposed to literally hundreds of what we call ‘traumatic incidents’ known as criteria A events. So, this may be suicides, murders, stabbings, shootings, infant deaths, sexual abuse, whatever it is that these officers have been exposed to over the years.” Meuser added, “they’ve all been to generally muscle up and deal with it, cope with...