NAACP and ACLU sue for release of Jamar Clark video

Jamar Clark
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Jamar Clark

A new development in the Jamar Clark case. The Pioneer Press’ Marino Eccher has this morning’s announcement:The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota and the Minneapolis NAACP are suing state law enforcement agencies to force the release of video from the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by Minneapolis police in November. … The groups announced the lawsuit against the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Department of Public Safety on Tuesday morning and will hold a news conference later in the day.”

Helps to have friends in high places. KMSP’s Ted Haller reports, “Governor Mark Dayton told Airport Police not to pursue additional charges against protesters following the Dec. 23 demonstration by Black Lives Matter at Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport. While police arrested eight protesters that day, investigators spent the next weeks reviewing surveillance video, and identified additional protesters for possible charges.”

Thanks, Obamacare. MPR’s Mark Zdechlik takes note of some health insurance premium increases: “Steve Woodley figured he’d probably be paying more a little more for his health plan this year, but then he opened his bill. He found the premium for his family’s coverage had leaped 41 percent over 2015. … ‘It’s just like a punch in the gut,’ he recalled. ‘You go, “Oh my gosh!” ’ … Woodley is among the less than 6 percent of Minnesotans who buy health insurance for themselves or their families on the open market, rather than through employers or state-sponsored programs. Their costs have skyrocketed in recent years under the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.”

Just try to argue with this logic. Here’s the news from Canistota, South Dakota, courtesy of the Grand Forks Herald: “A man was arrested for allegedly assaulting police after taking off his pants as a means of defense. … A woman at the residence said Becker was ‘threatening to kill her’ and was throwing objects at her. When the deputies approached Becker, he allegedly ran upstairs, took off his pants and underwear and told them to ‘try to arrest a guy with no pants.’ 

In other news …

Uptown hotel moving forward [KARE]

An Iron Range success story: “Gun parts bring booming business to Iron Range machine shop” [Duluth News Tribune]

#firstfrank coming to Minnesota. [Pioneer Press]

Your chance at the Minnesota dream: “Lake lots given up by renters now for sale” [Duluth News Tribune]

How Lizzo took over the Twin Cities hip-hop scene. [l’étoile]

There’s a new restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis where you pour your own beer. [Heavy Table]

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 02/09/2016 - 03:48 pm.

    Dayton’s SUV

    should be replaced by a Fiat.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 02/09/2016 - 07:26 pm.


      The KMSP report, or report of the report, was inaccurate. Dayton’s staff advised against it, because of the constitutional issues around a protest in a public place. His office recommended that the prosecutions not proceed, but did not order them stopped. I don’t think he has that power, in any event.

      On the positive side, automotive puns are always appreciated.

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