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Protests continue over weekend police shooting of Minneapolis man

Still not a lot of clarity about the events over the weekend that left Jamar Clark of Minneapolis brain dead after being shot by police. In the Star Tribune, Paul Walsh reports that protesters are camped out outside Minneapolis 4th Precinct police HQ: “Kandace Montgomery, a Black Lives Matter organizer, told reporters outside the precinct headquarters Monday morning that protesters have been in the atrium since midafternoon Sunday and will remain until their demands are met: release by police of any video that might exist of the shooting, disclosure of the names of the officers involved, and the start of a federal investigation into the shooting. … The activists have pitched tents at the Fourth Precinct entrance and draped a Black Lives Matter banner above the locked doors. The shooting occurred a few blocks to the east of the protest site.”

At MPR, Tim Nelson reports that protesters want a federal investigation of the shooting and for police to release video of the incident: “Angry protesters rallied outside a police station Monday in north Minneapolis demanding a federal investigation into a police shooting on Sunday as well as the release of surveillance video from a building across the street from where the shooting took place. … Nekima Levy-Pounds, head of the Minneapolis NAACP, said she feared the truth still won't be uncovered. … ‘Well, we don't trust Minnesota law enforcement agencies to hold each other accountable,’ she said. ‘So while it's notable on the one hand that they responded to the request for an independent investigation that we made earlier today, we actually want federal intervention into this investigation.’ ”

Minnesota’s French community turns out in solidarity with their countrymen. MPR’s Laura Yuen reports from a march in Minneapolis on Sunday: “Both here and in Paris, Minnesotans are expressing solidarity with the French people. The cultural group Alliance Francaise in Minneapolis held a march Sunday afternoon to the Basilica of St. Mary, which hosted a memorial service. … Louis Wendling, president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota, says the state is home to several thousand French nationals, including professionals employed by 3M and other large companies. … Wendling says the attacks were horrific and that the severe restrictions on France's borders are a terrible fallout. … ‘To me it seems extreme. ... France and its fellow member countries of the EU could pride themselves of a high degree of freedom of movement — of people, capital and goods. And now that freedom is really compromised,’ he said.”

Also, in St. Paul:

Also related: Prince cancels Vienna concert in wake of Paris attacks. [Inforum]

Today in jobs, the mystery company bringing 400 jobs to St. Paul has been revealed and it is … Comcast. The Pioneer Press’ Marino Eccher reports on the consumer favorite’s plans for Minnesota’s capital city: “Comcast is adding 400 new jobs in St. Paul early next year, the company said Monday. … ‘We are excited to further Comcast's investment in the Twin Cities through the creation of these new jobs,’ Jeff Freyer, Regional Vice President at Comcast Twin Cities, said in a prepared statement. ‘These jobs will not only make a positive impact in our community, but will also help Comcast deliver a better customer experience here and in communities across the western half of the United States.’ … The company also said it will add 45,000 square feet of leased space to the 125,000 square feet it already occupies.”

Meanwhile, last Friday in (lost) jobs, Reuters’ Sarah McFarlane reported that Cargill may be cutting as many as 4,000 jobs: “Cargill Inc, one of the world's largest privately held corporations, has launched a restructuring that includes job cuts, one company source and four industry sources said on Friday, the latest casualty of a downturn in the farm economy. … The 150-year-old company, a top commodities trader, is also closing offices, two of the industry sources said. … The cutbacks at the Minnesota-based company come as global agricultural companies are under pressure from slumping commodity prices, slowing demand in China and weakness in emerging markets where Cargill has significant investments.”

Hennepin County: now officially “bicycle friendly.” That’s based on a new award from the League of American bicyclists, reported by the Star Tribune’s Tim Harlow: “Hennepin County has been making significant investments in its biking infrastructure over the past several years, and on Friday its efforts were rewarded with silver status from the League of American Bicyclists, which named its 2015 Bicycle Friendly communities. … This was the first time Hennepin County earned the distinction. Its previous best was honorable mention. The League of American Bicyclists status levels – bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond – are valid for four years.”

Not that we’re resting on our laurels. The Strib’s Steve Brandt reports on a bike trail reconfiguration at the intersection of Minnehahha Creek and Lyndale Avenue: “The latest design eventually would allow foot and bike traffic to pass with less conflict on paths under the Lyndale bridge. It would also try to make crossing Lyndale safer for bikers, walkers and runners who opt for another set of paths leading to the street level. … The proposed first phase would do two main things. One is to create a shared 12-foot-wide asphalt trail leading under the bridge from the west. But for those who follow existing alternate paths that lead up to Lyndale, the street crossing would be improved with wider curb cuts and traffic signal buttons that are easier to reach.”

In other news…

Bankrupt lawyer also ethically bankrupt: “Minneapolis lawyer facing ethics complaint over porn suits” [Star Tribune]

St. Paul’s purple haze is not just in your brain: “Artists' plume of color will billow over downtown St. Paul sky” [Pioneer Press]

This might be taking that whole “Inbox: 0” thing a little too far. “E-mail purge threatens open government in St. Paul” [Star Tribune]

How do you replace David Carr? Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone looks at the Times’ troubles filling their media columnist position

Good question: “Why is MNsure system so confusing?” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Here come the drones: “Drone industry in Minnesota blooms, battles pains” [St. Cloud Times]

Members of White Earth approved a new constitution two years ago — it still isn't being implemented. [Inforum]

A cliche is born:

Only 283 days till the Fair! “Dixie Chicks scheduled for 2016 State Fair grandstand” [Star Tribune]

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/16/2015 - 07:04 pm.

    This would normally seem odd

    People flocking to support a domestic abuser. Apparently the “war on women” is all talk, no action. Shouldn’t the woman be the victim here?

  2. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 11/16/2015 - 09:07 pm.

    What would Tony Bouza do?

    “…protesters have been in the atrium since midafternoon Sunday and will remain until their demands are met”


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