Minorities in Minneapolis arrested at higher rates for low-level offenses, study finds

Add another racial disparity to the Twin Cities’ growing list. “An analysis released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union gives the most detailed picture yet of racial disparities in the treatment of low-level offenders by Minneapolis police,” reports MPR’s Brandt Williams. “Minneapolis police officers made nearly 100,000 non-felony arrests between Jan. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2014. African-Americans and Native Americans were arrested at rates nearly nine times higher than the rate for whites.”

Green Line delivers the green. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “While Metro Transit’s Green Line isn’t exactly paying for itself through passenger fares, it’s doing a better job than most other Minnesota public transit options. … Passengers boarding the state’s second light-rail line from its debut in June through the end of 2014 paid $6.21 million into the fare box, or about 35.8 percent of what it costs to operate the 11-mile route.”

Your daily Walker. “She may not have said their names, but Hillary Clinton on Wednesday singled out Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul—three of the Republicans polling well against her—for their comments about equal pay,” reports Emily Shultheis in the National Journal. Referring to Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Clinton said  “ ‘Now, we could fix this if Republicans would get on board. We in fact could fix this today—but they won’t … In fact, one Republican candidate for president dismissed equal pay as a “bogus issue.” …’  ”

Incidentally, Larry Sabato recently updated his Crystal Ball Electoral College ratings, and in the list of “Key Primary Advantages” for Walker he listed “Already clear he’s not next Pawlenty — getting serious attention and early momentum.” OUCH.

St. Paul police grappling with deep philosophical questions regarding public space. “A St. Paul police officer recently detained a man videotaping officers behind police headquarters, telling him that the sidewalk he was standing on was private property and he needed to move,” reports the Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried. “ ‘It brought up a question: What is public, what is private?’ Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman, said Wednesday. ‘What we’ll also do is reach out to the city attorney’s office to get a finer definition.’ ”

Yeah man, laws are just like… words, you know? “A Twin Cities health care products entrepreneur and longtime tax protester has been sentenced to five years in prison for running up and snubbing a bill of more than $600,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties,” reports the Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh. “ ‘There is nothing that requires me to file an income tax return,’ [Michael A.] Schlegel said at the time of his conviction last year. ‘There is no law.’ ”

In other news…

“Ex-Sonic Youth Man Thurston Moore On Why Babes In Toyland Are Still One Of Punk’s Most Incendiary Forces” [NME]

Rochester is okay with Pedal Pubs. Really, anything, just PLEASE COME TO ROCHESTER. [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

The suburbs are scary: “Maple Grove couple: We were terrorized at gunpoint” [KARE]

The trailer for the new David Foster Wallace biopic “The End of the Tour” features scenes filmed in the Mall of America. [YouTube]

Every outdoor movie screening in the Twin Cities. [Thrillist]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 05/28/2015 - 09:18 pm.

    Disease

    “…‘Already clear he’s not next Pawlenty — getting serious attention and early momentum.’”

    In a nutshell, this illustrates the intellectual vacuum that, if it continues, will make the Republican Party disappear in a generation or less. Scott Walker is as cynical and extremist a right-wing idealogue as any the Koch brothers have been willing to finance. He should never get any serious attention, and it doesn’t reflect well on Wisconsin voters that he was elected Governor.

    His draconian anti-union campaign may play well with some, but less than 10% of the American workforce belongs to a union – why is he going out of his way to beat up on working people? Insisting that women wanting a perfectly legal abortion must get an ultrasound “…because it’s cool” reveals a misogyny that even many biker babes would not tolerate. Finally, we already have ample proof that supply-side economics is a hoax, and that lowering taxes does not magically produce prosperity. Doubters should take a look at what the “Brownback Syndrome” has done to Kansas finances, and be aware that Minnesota’s financial position is MUCH better than Wisconsin’s, in part, at least, because Dayton has not pretended that “trickle-down” economics works, since it doesn’t.

  2. Submitted by rolf westgard on 05/28/2015 - 11:57 pm.

    arrest rates

    The reason non-whites are arrested more often is that they commit more offenses. If we think the arrest rates are because of bias, we will never get at the real causes. Those relate to economics, family situations, and lack of early ed opportunities.

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