St. Paul Police release two surveillance videos of skyway incident

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St. Paul Police release more extensive footage of the Christopher Lollie skyway incident. Nicole Norfleet writes in the Strib, “Sgt. Paul Paulos, a police spokesman, who has 10 years of experience working downtown, played the video and explained some general details to give ‘a broader perspective.’ ” The two videos are surveillance footage from First National Bank and the Securian building.

Definitely from the “You Can’t Make it Up Dept.” Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “Police in Roseville say two of their marked squad cars in the shop for repairs were taken out for an unauthorized spin, racing along a busy street in town to the amazement of witnesses. … At least the two joy riding employees waited until after morning traffic eased up last Thursday before getting behind the wheels of the Dodge Chargers — yes, they had a hemi — and roaring along County Road C at ‘excessive speeds’ for more than a mile from Victoria Street east to Western Avenue … .”

Those bridges can’t go away fast enough. Buoa Xiong of KARE-TV reports, “Work on the 36th Street bridge over Highway 100 will undergo an expected closure Wednesday after a piece of concrete fell onto a car below. A Bloomington couple was on their way home Tuesday, southbound on Highway 100, when a five pound slab of concrete crashed through their windshield. It shattered the front and passenger windows. The couple did not want to be identified but told KARE 11 they are lucky to have escaped with only minor scratches.”

Rolling Stone has served up a “What We Learned” list from that new book on Bob Dylan. Among the revelations writes Andy Greene: “Dylan quit drinking in 1994. ‘He just stopped on a dime,’ [Victor] Maymudes says. ‘He didn’t talk as much once he stopped and he didn’t laugh as loud either. It was a really big deal for him and really showed his commitment to changing his behavior. He was capable of dealing with a broader range of personalities when he was drinking and after stopping, his tolerance for certain types of behavior diminished. Bob lost a bit of self-esteem when he sobered up, became a little more introverted and a little less social.’ ” Right. Just a little less … .

With the season opener clearly indicating a Super Bowl championship, Vikings ticket sales are strong at the much smaller TCF Bank stadium. Says Ben Goessling at ESPN, “Sunday’s home opener against the New England Patriots is sold out, and only single seats remain for the Vikings’ Sept. 28 home game against the Atlanta Falcons and their Oct. 12 game against the Detroit Lions. The next home game with ticket availability, according to team spokesman Jeff Anderson, is Nov. 2 against the Washington Redskins.”

While that goes on “The Bird Killer” rises: At Wired, Gwen Pearson tells her readers, “The Minnesota Vikings stadium currently under construction is a gleaming structure of light and glass. Its 200,000 square feet of glass will allow those outside the stadium to see inside and will let in natural light. But this shiny cathedral for football is also expected to be a death trap for migratory birds. The Minneapolis stadium is on the Mississippi Flyway, the major migratory route for songbirds and waterfowl in the US. … The new stadium (and future Super Bowl Venue of 2018) is built on a spot that, by some estimates, 50% of North America’s migratory birds pass over during spring and fall migration.” Imagine how much attention the first dead sparrow is going to get.

This just in from FoxNews. Al Franken isn’t funny. Matt Schlapp writes, “So what gives? Why would an outsized personality like Franken be such a dud in the Senate when the cameras are rolling and where everything is a show? Perhaps his handlers are to blame. The theory goes something like this: Al Franken would never be taken seriously if he were thought of as a star hanging out with the jet set. So, instead, he tries to look and act like an insurance adjuster, just studying the case and getting his paperwork together.”

Well, the insurance adjuster and the hedge fund manager agree on what to do about ISIS. Says Mark Zdechlik at MPR: “ … Franken and his Republican opponent Mike McFadden are largely in agreement on what the U.S. response should be to the group known as ISIS or the Islamic State. Franken said when President Obama addresses the nation tonight he needs to lay out a clear plan to stop ISIS that includes other nations, is limited in scope and does not involve U.S. troops in Syria. McFadden is calling for much the same. Both Franken and McFadden say they would be open to air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria.”

Meanwhile, Amy Klobuchar wants the president to make a “national security case” in his speech tonight. The Washington Post story, by Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe says, “ … Klobuchar (D-Minn.) described the Islamic State as “pure evil” but she — like many lawmakers — said that Obama would need to use his speech on Wednesday to clearly dictate a strategy and address the nation’s war-weariness. The threat of Islamic fundamentalism is an especially urgent subject Minnesota, she said, noting that at least a few residents are known to have traveled to the Middle East to join up with the Islamic State.”

Will the entire “team” perform mass calisthenics? The Strib’s Kavita Kumar reports on Target’s annual managers’ meeting. “Red-and-khaki nation will blanket downtown Minneapolis this afternoon. About 14,000 Target Corp. employees clad in the retailer’s signature colors will pour into the Target Center this afternoon for the company’s annual fall meeting. And there will be added intrigue this year: hearing from the company’s newly-minted CEO. The fall meeting is always a big day for the Minneapolis-based retailer, which flies in all of its nearly 1,800 store managers from across the U.S. and Canada in order to get them pumped up for the upcoming holiday season.”

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 09/10/2014 - 02:25 pm.

    I Can Only Hope

    that Target has the security of its retail data systems “pumped up” for the holiday season this year.

  2. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/10/2014 - 02:45 pm.

    Punch McF a 2nd time – would make him funnier?

    Tsk, tsk.

    First they whined that a Harvard grad who went on to highly successful career as a comedy writer on a culturally pivotal show WAS a comedian…

    …and now they WANT one!

    The propaganda channel just isn’t ever happy is it?

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/10/2014 - 02:52 pm.

    Here’s a link to the video:

    The guy was walking in the skyway when he was accosted by St. Paul’s finest. Pretty much what Lollie said.

    Only thing it proves is that the cops didn’t put the boots to to him as they rolled him around on the floor, emptying his pockets.

    But since he never claimed that, and since it does confirm Lollie’s version of events I guess the good citizens of St. Paul should prepare to have their pockets emptied….again.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/10/2014 - 04:11 pm.

      You’re making a lot of assumptions

      If there’s a problem, it’s with the security guards, not the police.

      If the police received a report of a problem, it’s their duty to pursue it. Without audio, I can’t tell what’s transpiring but it seems fairly clear Lollie’s being argumentative.

      At this point, I don’t have enough to make a judgment.

      • Submitted by Pat Berg on 09/10/2014 - 04:47 pm.


        All he was arguing about was whether he was required to give them his name.

        In the absence of any illegal activity on his part, he was not.

        It should have ended there, especially since he had left the “contested” area.

      • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 09/10/2014 - 04:55 pm.

        And you’re not bothering to find out the facts…

        Luckily, you are not the one who will ultimately pass judgment here. The problem seems to lie with everyone BUT Mr. Lollie.

        His charges were dropped after a successful court defense. His story, which he states several times in the course of the video he himself has recorded, has been entirely corroborated. The area he was sitting in is deemed public, at least for white women who work for WCCO who went and asked the security guards at the same location. If no crime has been committed, there is no duty to identify yourself to a police officer. Mr. Lollie was well aware of his rights, and was (allegedly) targeted initially by the security manager on guard who didn’t want him sitting in the public space, and then again by prejudicial police officers.

        I’ve listened to some interviews with Mr. Lollie. He is highly intelligent, reasoned, and IMO, was incredibly restrained in his interactions and reactions with the SPPD in the skyways.

        As an aside, several weeks ago I watched a very drunk and angry white person take a kick at a squad car (he missed), then gave the police officer the finger… in the MIDDLE of Como, right by the Marion intersection, in the middle of the day. The officer drove away. I wonder what would have happened to that man if he were white.

        • Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/10/2014 - 08:11 pm.

          Actually, the DA dropped the charges before they ever got to a court.

          • Submitted by Hal Davis on 09/11/2014 - 02:13 pm.


            The St. Paul city attorney’s office dismissed the case “in the interest of justice” when the case was in Ramsey County District Court on July 31.

        • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 09/11/2014 - 08:29 am.

          What are your “facts”?

          I haven’t paid as much attention to this story as some, but maybe experts such as you can help clarify it for me. I have every reason to agree with you he was targeted by security personnel.

          I don’t know what the police were initially told. Did the police know where the “area” was? Did the police know whether it was public or private? Were they relying simply on what the reporting party told them? It seems to me the police were trying to interview him to figure out exactly what happened.

          Here’s a couple of faults in your reasoning. First, “if no crime is committed, you don’t need to ID yourself”. In hindsight, that’s fine. But again, at the time the officers approached, did they know that?
          And Mr. Lollie is intelligent and reasoned? Exactly how does that factor into innocence or guilt? Luckily, you’re not the one passing judgment here.

  4. Submitted by E Gamauf on 09/10/2014 - 03:43 pm.

    walking away after being demanded your name is now a crime

    How about that:

    He was leaving the area – obviously that was not good enough.
    They wanted to arrest him for insufficient deference to their overstepping bounds.

    “I’m not your brother…”

  5. Submitted by James Hamilton on 09/10/2014 - 04:52 pm.

    The security guard

    appears to me to have ignored two other people seated in the same area while he was interacting with Lollie. As best I can tell, one was a woman, one was a white man in business attire. All three were in a public space.

    When combined with Lollie’s own video, the three clips make a pretty damning case for the city and FNB.

    Now all we need is the recording of the security person’s call to the police.

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