Libor Jany and Paul Walsh of the Strib report, “A man suspected of assault was shot on a north Minneapolis street by a police officer early Sunday while he allegedly was hindering emergency responders from aiding his victim, igniting a chaotic scene of shouting and taunting bystanders who were angered by a belief that the man was handcuffed before police opened fire. Police Chief Janee Harteau said Sunday afternoon that her department’s preliminary information is that the man was not handcuffed when police shot him. Police did not identify the man who was shot, but Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the Minneapolis NAACP said in a statement that he was Jamar Clark, a black man in his mid-20s, and that he had been ‘shot and killed’ by police.”
The AP says, “Jason Sole, chair of the Minneapolis NAACP’s criminal justice committee, said many black residents of north Minneapolis are upset. ‘We have been saying for a significant amount of time that Minneapolis is one bullet away from Ferguson,’ he said referring to the shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri last year of black 18-year-old Michael Brown, which sparked nationwide protests. ‘That bullet was fired last night. We want justice immediately,’ Sole said.”
For MPR, Tim Nelson says, “Minneapolis officials asked the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate a police-involved shooting in the city. Police shot a man early Sunday morning. Police say two officers have been placed on routine administrative leave in the wake of the shooting. … A statement issued by the department said that police tried to intervene and a fight started. Police said that at some point during the struggle an officer fired at least once, hitting the man.”
Speaking of police, there is some fascinating bookkeeping here: Tad Vezner and Dan Bauman of the PiPress write, “Three years ago, a St. Paul teen was shot multiple times and killed by Woodbury police during a tense standoff. A tragic case of mistaken identity, police confused Mark Henderson for the gunman who had actually taken Henderson hostage. The three officers who shot Henderson were cleared of wrongdoing, the case was closed and the hostage-taker convicted. But the highly publicized case — investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension — does not exist in the bureau’s database that tracks shots fired by law enforcement officials. According to that database, Woodbury officers didn’t fire a single incident-related round all year long in 2012.”
Maybe it’s going to be a really warm winter? Paula Quam of the Forum News Service tells us, “The crowds have been gathering at a rural Becker County farm recently for a rare sight in these parts. A peculiar, brilliantly, bright red bird caught the eye of Steve Roberts, who lives seven miles east of Richwood. … What makes this so unusual is that a Vermilion Flycatcher hasn’t been reported in Minnesota in 21 years. It is a bird native to South America, Mexico and the very southern tip of the United States. So what is it doing in Minnesota?”
Some international reaction to Burnsville DFLer dropping out of the race for state House. Says Christopher Brennan in The Daily Mail, “A candidate for the Minnesota legislature campaign ended less than 24 hours after a tweet expressing an unpopular opinion about terrorist organization Islamic State. ‘ISIS isn’t necessarily evil,’ Dan Kimmel of Burnsville posted Saturday evening, when the world was still coming to grips with the Paris terrorist attacks that killed at least 129 people. ‘It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though,’ he added.” In the political game, sometimes you want to withhold nuance for later.
The Daily Mail is also following Aaron Rodgers of the Packers. Says Jonny Singer, “Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was ‘very disappointed’ with supporters who interrupted the moment’s silence before his team’s defeat to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. Rodgers, the Super Bowl MVP back in 2011, blasted the fan as ‘really inappropriate’ when asked about the silence, which was to honour the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. It is not clear exactly what was said, although there were reports on social media that some fans attempted to get chants going during the silence, and others claimed there were anti-Muslim comments made. … ‘I think it’s important to do things like that, we’re a connected world,’ said Rodgers after the game. ‘You know, six degrees of separation. I must admit that I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment’s silence. It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today, as a world.’”
Insert joke here… . In the PiPress, Andy Rathbun writes, “Cougar populations are making a comeback in the Midwest, but the cats likely won’t be letting out a big roar in Minnesota anytime soon. A new study coauthored by a University of Minnesota professor shows that while Minnesota and Wisconsin both have suitable habitats for cougar populations, the big cats are likely to have only very small, if any, breeding numbers in the two states over the next 25 years.” But buy them a couple drinks and watch them roar.
I hope he got the 10-year warranty. Brady Slater of the Duluth News Tribune reports, “[102 year-old Millard] LaJoy became the oldest local recipient of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement on Tuesday at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Heart and Vascular Center. The roughly two-hour procedure is not unlike the two stent procedures LaJoy previously had undergone, said Dr. Jason Schultz, the interventional cardiologist who performed the procedure along with Dr. Terry Olivas, a heart surgeon, and a team of almost a dozen others.”
To court. Of course. Says the AP story, “Opponents of a planned Red River diversion project around Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota say they’re happy to finally get their day in court. The $2 billion channel is designed to move water around the flood-prone Fargo metropolitan area, but would need a staging area south of the city to store water in times of serious flooding. A group representing about 20 upstream cities and townships in North Dakota and Minnesota filed a lawsuit in August 2013 asking for a cheaper project that doesn’t flood farmland.”
The two might not be connected. Another AP story says, “The number of accidents on Wisconsin’s interstate system has increased since the speed limit was raised to 70 mph. Statistics from the state’s Bureau of Transportation Safety show crashes on the interstate system in June through September were up nearly 13 percent over the same period last year. Accidents with injuries rose slightly to 624 from 593, and there were 15 fatalities compared with 10 in the earlier period. … Law enforcement officials say the rise in crashes might not be directly attributed to driving faster. Whether there’s a direct relationship is the ‘million-dollar question regarding the crashes,’ said Capt. Steve Krueger, commander of the State Patrol’s post in Wausau.”