Minneapolis police unprepared to share body-cam footage

MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley

Police body cameras, sure — oh wait, you actually want to look at the videos? The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden reports on unanticipated problems for the Minneapolis police: “After four months of testing body cameras with a few dozen Minneapolis police officers, city officials have reached one definite conclusion: They are not prepared for the massive spike in public records requests and data processing demands that would come with a full rollout of the program. … The city’s auditor, Will Tetsell, told a City Council committee Wednesday that Minneapolis will likely have to hire more people and potentially reconsider the requirements for how quickly the city must fulfill data requests if it is to have a successful and well-regarded program.”

The State Fair declares war on #millennials. MPR’s Tim Nelson has the story: “You may have to get someone else to take your picture at the Grandstand and on the rides on the Midway: the Minnesota State Fair is instituting a ban on selfie sticks. … But it’s only a partial ban, State Fair officials said today. … ‘The selfie sticks will be prohibited on all of our ticketed attractions, the rides at the Midway and Kidway, and any of the amusements you see around the grounds, the Sky Rider, Ye Old Mill, those sorts of locations,’ said fair spokesperson Brienna Schuette. ‘In addition, they’ll also be prohibited at entertainment seating venues, so at the Grandstand, or any of the free stages around the grounds, the Bandshell, the Bazaar stage, and so on.’ ”

Like Nice Ride, but for canoes. For the Star Tribune, Shannon Prather reports, “The National Park Service is working on a plan to create a canoe-sharing service in the 72-mile-long Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, making it possible for residents and tourists to play on the urban river, as well as up and down its shores, without a car. … Instead, they’d rely on a network of canoes, bicycles, buses and the Northstar commuter-rail line. Canoes and bikes checked out at one location could be left at another location up or down the urban river corridor.”

Picking up litter is so punk rock. “Western suburbs residents who drive along County Rd. 16 near the Minnehaha Creek crossover in Minnetonka will notice a new blue sign along the way that may seem like a joke at first: ‘Adopt-a-Highway / Next 1.5 Miles Thanks to the Suicide Commandos Punk Rock Band,’ ” writes Chris Riemenschneider in the Star Tribune’s Artcetera blog. “ ‘We certainly made a big enough mess around there in our younger years, it’s time we made up for it,’ laughed Suicide Commandos guitarist/co-vocalist Chris Osgood, who approached Hennepin County staff on a whim a few months ago when he saw that particular stretch of road was up for adoption. ‘I’m frankly surprised they let us.’ ”

In other news…

Aug. 3rd deadline remains in place for abuse victims to file claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. [KSTP]

Deflategate case to be heard in New York, not Minnesotawhere the NFL Players Association wanted the case heard. [Pioneer Press]

Rep. David Dill battling cancer at Mayo. [Timberjay]

Xcel energy favors large solar projects over rooftop installations and solar gardens. [Star Tribune]

Mia Farrow tweeted the lion-killing dentist’s Bloomington office address. [WCCO]

Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized Mia Farrow’s tweet. She briefly tweeted the dentist’s business address.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Rod Loper on 07/30/2015 - 01:39 pm.

    Body cams for legislators?

    Just imagine if we had a wire on those iron range committee heads who gutted the MCPA in overtme last session. Not only cops need transparency.

  2. Submitted by Kevin Powers on 07/30/2015 - 04:07 pm.

    Roadside cleanups

    Good on the Suicide Commandos! Regarding their comment about being surprised they let them do that. They have to let anyone who asks. In St Louis the KKK applied and insisted on their sign, which was repeatedly vandalized and needing to be replaced. Officials solved the problem by renaming the road the Rosa Parks Highway. http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/rosapark.asp

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