Black Lives Matter protest disrupts MSP airport

MinnPost photo by Brent Moore
Protesters with Black Lives Matter at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport during yesterday's protest.

A “decoy” move, they say. The WCCO-TV/AP story says, “Protesters with Black Lives Matter only briefly gathered at the Mall of America Wednesday afternoon before boarding light rail trains and heading to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in an attempt to ‘shut it down’. … The protest at the mall was scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. In preparation, Mall of America closed about 80 stores early on the mall’s east side, and dozens of State Patrol and Bloomington Police officers stood outside several east entrances, blocking anyone from getting in.”

In the Strib, a trio of writers report: “Multiple law enforcement agencies showed up in full force, ushering protesters off roadways to and from the airport terminals, patrolling light rail stations and shutting down security checkpoints at Terminal 2 (Humphrey) in case protesters tried to access the secure area on the hectic day before Christmas Eve. … ‘We accomplished exactly what we came here to accomplish — we wanted to shut down the highway, shut down the airport and show solidarity with other Black Lives Matter groups,’ said Michelle Barnes of Minneapolis, one of the protest organizers.”

OK, now we’ll get Real ID. Another WCCO-TV story says, “Gov. Mark Dayton renewed his call Wednesday for the state to adopt new, high-security driver’s licenses. … Dayton says he expects the Department of Homeland Security to announce before the end of this year a 120-day deadline for Minnesota to comply.”

Cuba is nice this time of the year. Says Tom Meersman of Strib, “A group of Minnesota agriculture leaders toured Cuba last week to check out potential trade relations if embargoes are eased in the future. The delegation toured farms and markets to study Cuban food processes and production, and met with government officials and agricultural research leaders.” Just as long as we get more than Wisconsin gets.

Today in Second Amendment rights follies. Shannon Prather of the Strib says, “A man whose handgun discharged while he was checking out at a Fridley Target store on Dec. 13 has been arrested and charged with a felony. Seth Allan Millner, 28, was identified by a tipster after police released surveillance video to the media. He has no address listed in court records. Millner said that he had the gun tucked in his waistband and that it went off as he was walking, according to court documents. … Millner, who has prior burglary and gun possession convictions, was charged in Anoka County District Court with felony unlawful possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.” I’m sure he had a tough time getting the piece.

Speaking of The World’s Greatest Amendment. Elizabeth Mohr of the PiPress reports, “The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a man sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing a BB gun. David Lee Haywood was charged in Ramsey County District Court in 2013 with possession of a firearm as an ineligible person. He was convicted by a jury after the court told them that, under the law, a BB gun is a firearm. Haywood, 37, appealed his conviction, arguing that a BB gun is not a firearm under the statute, but the state Court of Appeals upheld it. The Supreme Court will now take up the issue.”

Music for Syria. Says Graydon Royce in the Strib, “The Minnesota Orchestra embarks this weekend on a Beethoven marathon that has the ensemble performing all nine symphonies and five piano concertos in 18 days. That apparently wasn’t enough for about 20 musicians and conductor Osmo Vänskä. They will play a benefit concert for Syrian refugees at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina.”

You do NOT touch my Keystone Light! Dan Uria at UPI reports, “A Minnesota woman was arrested after biting a piece of her husband’s ear off during an argument regarding beer. Jamie Elrod, 37, was arrested and charged with first degree assault after police entered her home, finding overturned furniture, blood and a piece of her husband’s ear. The victim originally claimed that the ear was injured during a fight downtown, but later told police that the two were arguing over a beer when Elrod followed him into the bedroom and attacked him.”

The Case of the Crooked Soybean Exporter. Says Tom Meersman (again) in the Strib, “A Minnesota soybean exporter was indicted by a federal grand jury this week in an alleged scheme to defraud Olmsted National Bank in Rochester. The criminal indictment charges David Michael Wilcox with three counts of bank fraud and two counts of making false statements. Wilcox owns and operates two Minnesota corporations: Verified Grains Inc., a soybean export business; and Global Processing Inc., a soybean processor.”

Tough politics within the tribe. At MPR, John Enger reports, “A power struggle over constitutional reform on the White Earth Reservation could cost longtime tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor her job. … White Earth Secretary-Treasurer Tara Mason said the censure was sparked by Vizenor’s efforts to reform the tribal Constitution. Mason has opposed Vizenor since taking office in 2014. In 2013, Vizenor and the tribal council drafted a new constitution for White Earth that would have drastically shifted the government structure and changed requirements for tribal membership.”

Here’s a guy who may have peaked too early. For the AP Todd Richmond writes, “The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s attorney for two months over a series of ethics violations tied largely to an attempt to help a client recover money spent on fake John Lennon memorabilia. The justices also ordered Gerald Boyle to take courses in law office management and to pay $24,900 to cover the costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him.”

Finally, until 2016, another taste of the preciousness of Second Amendment rights … Wisconsin style. At Jezebel, Anna Merlan writes, “The thing about polite society is that you can’t go around shooting people. Americans do it all the time, of course, but as a general rule, it’s a habit we should try to tamp down. Which is why Wisconsin State Representative Bob Gannon is getting a touch of criticism for his novel proposal that people with concealed carry licenses should feel free to shoot any ‘scumbags’ they come across. … Gannon’s solution, naturally, is more people with more guns, firing them more often. He’s lamenting Wisconsin’s gun-free zone law, which prevents people from carrying firearms in schools and malls.”

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Comments (15)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/24/2015 - 07:36 am.

    Happy Holidays!

    I’m surprised Seth Miller’s prior record didn’t show up in the background check… Oh, wait…

    And in the same vein… er… area… um… on a related topic, my dictionary defines “scumbag” as “a contemptible or objectionable person.” In other words, someone we *really* dislike. Gosh, it’s hard to seen any negative consequences stemming from Mr. Gannon’s proposal to encourage people frightened enough and angry enough to have a concealed carry permit to just shoot those they don’t like, or find “objectionable.” I guess the neighbors wouldn’t want to express any contrary political or social views. Funny how one person’s “freedom” sometimes restricts the freedom of others…

  2. Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/24/2015 - 09:24 am.

    Second Amendment Rights Follies?

    “Millner, who has prior burglary and gun possession convictions, was charged in Anoka County District Court with felony unlawful possession of a firearm by an ineligible person.”

    This story has what to do with the Second Amendment?

    “I’m sure he had a tough time getting the piece.” Do you know how he came to possess the gun?

    On December 14, the Glean had this to say “You know how they say the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Somehow, we don’t see this genius saving the day.”

    I challenged that assertion in the comments that same day. I will be looking for a retraction of that snarky and incorrect statement. About the only thing the Glean got correct was that there was a gun present.

    • Submitted by Curt Carlson on 12/24/2015 - 11:26 am.

      Speaking of snark

      Now who’s being snarky? And do you know that Millner didn’t get his gun at a gun show, say?

      • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 12/24/2015 - 12:02 pm.

        It was a stolen gun

        From the Strib: “St. Paul police arrested Millner on Dec. 17 on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, drug possession and possession of a stolen handgun.”

        • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/30/2015 - 03:47 pm.

          You don’t think anyone

          ever sold a stolen gun at a gun show? Do you know how to tell if a gun is stolen or not? Its not stamped on the barrel, Dennis.

        • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 12/30/2015 - 05:03 pm.


          The ATF estimates that only 10 to 15% of the guns used in crimes are stolen. No word on whether that includes crimes such as this one, where the mere possession of a gun was criminal.

          The most common way for criminals to get guns is through straw purchases, or through illegal sales by licensed dealers.

          • Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/31/2015 - 08:21 am.

            Sometimes, the story just doesn’t fit the narrative

            Like when in the December 14 Glean, the assumption was made that “this genius” was a “good guy with a gun”, a reference to carry permit holders.

            Sometimes, the story just doesn’t fit the narrative, but it is still the story.

      • Submitted by Alfred Sullivan on 12/24/2015 - 12:42 pm.

        I wish there were good ways to keep bad guys from getting guns. And I personally have no objection to closing the “gun show loophole”. But do you really believe that this criminal would not easily be able to get a gun someplace other than a gun show? (And I have no idea where he got the gun.)

      • Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/24/2015 - 07:20 pm.

        Stole it at a gun show?

        To answer your second question, yes.

        While it is possible that he stole the gun at a gun show, it is very unlikely; there are a lot of armed people present at gun shows. And, the shows are monitored by law enforcement. A man with a prior gun possession conviction might not be comfortable hanging out at a gun show.

        Some facts about gun shows:

        • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 12/30/2015 - 03:25 pm.

          Don’t they check your gun

          at gun shows? Two Saturdays ago when I entered a Brainerd gunshow they asked if I was packin’. I said no, its none of their damn business, right?

          Also too, I was attending a gun show at the fair grounds a few years back. The Genius representing the NRA was setting up his table. He had great big helium balloons, like really big, two feet across, one of them got loose and hit one of those big lights hanging from the ceiling, the resulting BANG! sent hundreds of people driving for cover. The killjoy St. Paul cops made the dude pack up his balloons.

          • Submitted by Steve Rose on 12/31/2015 - 07:11 pm.

            The Rules

            A gun show is put on by a company and hosted by a facility. If you want to enter, you will need to agree to the terms that they require. If you thought it was none of their business, you should have told them as much.

  3. Submitted by Jim Million on 12/31/2015 - 05:35 pm.

    BLM Ltd.

    Very limited. losing traction here, becoming “old news,” and slowly chugging on to other cities.

    They have been given far too much indulgence here, including one City Council member joining their ranks for additional news exploitation, I do believe. Frankly, the well-spread Thanksgiving buffet at the Fourth Precinct did it for me.

    We do need to get serious about the facts and serious aspects of certain cases. We also need to now dismiss this street theater as just that, a roadshow company on national tour.

  4. Submitted by Steve Rose on 01/02/2016 - 08:50 pm.

    It has been over a week …

    It has been over a week since the last Glean and also the last Community Voices column. At a time when many of us have some extra time to read and write, MinnPost sends us elsewhere for current content. The articles at the bottom of the Most Commented list actually have no comments. The year-in-review, Top 10, and other various annual summaries are fine for those who haven’t been paying attention all year, but they all seem to have been written weeks ago.

    How about this Minneapolis City Council member who doxed constituents who commented on her involvement in BLM protests?

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