Facebook video reveals racially charged incident in Eagan

An ugly scene in Eagan. Responding to a video on Facebook of four African American mall customers being searched by police in public after mall employees accused them of shoplifting an $11 eyeliner, Fox 9’s Tom Lyden headed down to the Twin Cities Premium Outlets to investigate. Even though no stolen items were found, the shoppers were still initially given a one-year ban from the mall. (Mall officials changed their tune after Lyden began reporting.) For his part, Eagan Police Chief James McDonald insisted his officers did their job correctly.

Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Indiana; Stockton, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Pittsburgh; and… Minneapolis. The Star Tribune’s Liz Sawyer reports that the City of Lakes is “…one of six cities chosen for a federal pilot program aimed at reducing racial bias and improving relationships between law enforcement and communities.”

Writing in her Historyapolis column in The Journal, Kirsten Delgard traces the dark history of anti-Semitism in Minneapolis, once dubbed “the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States”: “ The opportunity to inhabit the elegant Tudor-style building two blocks from Lake Calhoun would have been attractive, especially in light of the wartime housing shortage. At first glance the rental notice seems formulaic: ‘May 1st occupancy. No children. Rent $95. Shown by appointment only.’ Yet one of its provisions jars modern readers: ‘Gentiles only.’

Featured as a finalist in the Smithsonian’s 12th annual photo contest is Dawn LaPointe’s quintessential Boundary Waters photo. (There’s no way to link to the photo directly, so you have to click through the thumbnails above the main photo.)

In other news…

New GOP TV Ads: “Give It Back” or “Downey for Governor”? [politics.mn]

Metro Transit’s Northstar has to give it back. [Star Tribune]

“Dayton proposes spending $330 million to upgrade rail safety [Star Tribune]

Eww. “After outbreak of pink eye, Brewers quarantine a player and a coach and ban high fives” [AP via Star Tribune]

Free cones on Monday to celebrate 75 years of Dairy Queen [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

New Prince track[WCCO]

You know… there are certain flaws in these films. “Four episodes of ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ coming to TPT” [Pioneer Press]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/14/2015 - 09:04 am.

    I Can’t Help But Wonder

    when shopping mall employees, including private security guards will finally realize,…

    that the people most likely to shoplift at their malls are smart enough to look clean cut and dress in preppy clothes,…

    because those more successful shoplifters know that mall employees will ALWAYS waste their time watching and chasing after anyone who isn’t white,…

    or has dreads and rumpled-looking clothes,…

    and will never give clean cut white boys and girls a second look.

  2. Submitted by Curt Carlson on 03/14/2015 - 10:27 am.

    Dear Eagan businesses

    Doesn’t make me eager to spend any of my dollars in Eagan. And I’m white.

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