Knife-wielding man killed by police in south Minneapolis

Scary situation in south Minneapolis. WCCO reports: “Minneapolis police officers fatally shot a suspect who they witnessed stabbing another man Monday, according to police. … On Monday at 5:13 a.m., officers responded to the 2100 block of Minnehaha Avenue on the report of a combative man armed with a weapon located inside the building. … Officers attempted to speak with the suspect, but heard cries for help, so they forcefully entered the apartment unit and witnessed the suspect stabbing an adult male victim, according to police.”

Wonder what the odds are of this happening. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh writes, “The head of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP called Monday for a new criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark by police, contending that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman was wrong to clear the two officers. … Also Monday at the same news briefing where the demand was issued, the woman who was with Clark moments before police shot him made clear that she was not his girlfriend and was not assaulted by him that night, as authorities have said.”

Nothing to see here, move along. The Pioneer Press’ Rachel Stassen-Berger reports: “A state investigation into a regulatory employee whose emails appeared biased against the Sandpiper oil pipeline ‘did not produce any cause for disciplinary action,’ Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner John Linc Stine said by letter Monday. … The investigation arose after the Pioneer Press reported in January that Scott Lucas, a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulator, had sent emails that appeared to oppose the project. In one email, Lucas wrote to a group of environmental interests that a study ‘could be a very useful tool for us to use when making our case against Sandpiper in this area of the state.’ In another, he asked if a public meeting involved ‘much BS on behalf of Enbridge.’ ”

No one would accuse Rep. Phyllis Kahn of being chicken, but from the looks of the photo atop this profile by Kevin Beckman at the Minnesota Daily, she does own at least 10 of them. But more to the point: “… Kahn — a DFL member — ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 57A and won. Forty-four years later, she still holds a seat in the House; though she now represents District 60B, which contains the University’s East and West Bank campuses and surrounding area. … But with November’s upcoming election, Kahn, 79, faces two challengers — Ilhan Omar and Mahamud Noor — to win the DFL’s nomination for the general election. A candidate will officially receive an endorsement at the party’s district convention on Saturday.”

In other news…

“Who owns downtown St. Paul?” [Pioneer Press]

A Minneapolis cop goes on trial: “Minneapolis officer’s abuse of force, perjury trial starts Monday in federal court” [Star Tribune]

Interesting, with the green bikes on their way back to Minneapolis’ streets: “A new study looks at why bike share is so much safer than regular biking” [Vox]

Also makes a great salad: “University of Minnesota releases its latest cold-hardy wine grape” [University of Minnesota]

St. Paul Saints co-owner Mike Veeck’s new book is called “Another Boring, Derivative, Piece of Crap Business Book” [MPR]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Howard Salute on 04/04/2016 - 02:25 pm.

    Change your story to fit the Circumstance

    We are learning first hand why law enforcement and investigators do not release details of their investigation, including videos, during the investigation. It seems many witnesses and people of interest change their version of events to better fit their agenda/circumstances once they know the facts as known by the investigators. (gasp).

  2. Submitted by Jim Million on 04/04/2016 - 03:23 pm.

    Less Incite Needed

    “We’re asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor to really delve more deeply into this case,” said Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds. [MPR News 4/4/16]

    This is the same voice that shouted at Mike Freeman something about
    ‘what about all the blood, what about the blood on the sidewalk and the washing away of all that blood?’–also noting this was still a crime scene the next morning [correct] but with no blood on the sidewalk.

    [A simple review of photos and film shows there was little blood, except for some spattering on handcuffs in the grass. This was a head wound without exit, on the grass verge between curb and sidewalk. I asked her about this by e-mail the following day…still waiting for response…]

    So, let’s just give her some credit for doing her job to incite her constituency and keep this thing going for press people and others to fill space. She cites no firm evidence of any of this; yet, she is given undue credibility here and elsewhere.

    Folks this is about a play to get the Feds to take over the case, isn’t it?
    Does anyone here believe the large Minnesota HRC donors want that?

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