UCLA shooter was from St. Paul, connected to Brooklyn Park killing

The GleanAn unexpected Minnesota connection in Wednesday’s UCLA shooting. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried reports: “The Los Angeles police chief says the St. Paul man who carried out a murder-suicide at UCLA left a ‘kill list’ at his home — and that led authorities to find a woman’s body in Brooklyn Park. … Speaking to a Los Angeles TV station, Chief Charlie Beck said Mainak Sarkar drove to Los Angeles from Minnesota with two guns and killed Professor William Klug before killing himself. … Beck said that when authorities searched Sarkar’s North End home, they found a ‘kill list’ with the names of Klug, another UCLA professor and a woman. The woman was found Thursday, shot dead in her Brooklyn Park home. The other professor on the list is all right.”

So that’s confirmed. The Star Tribune’s David Chanen reports:Prince died from an overdose of painkillers, a source with knowledge of the megastar’s death investigation has told the Star Tribune. … The 57-year-old musician was pronounced dead the morning of April 21 … before he was scheduled to meet with a California doctor in an attempt to kick an opioid addiction. … While the official autopsy and toxicology results have yet to be publicly reported, sources have told the Star Tribune that the investigation has focused on Prince’s use of painkillers and how he obtained them.”

Also in Prince news, the Strib’s Dan Browning reports: “The special administrator marshaling Prince’s $100 million-plus estate has submitted a proposal to verify potential heirs in an effort to resolve parentage questions by the end of the month. … If approved by Carver County Judge Kevin Eide, potential heirs would have a week after filing a claim with the estate to submit an exhaustive, sworn affidavit outlining their parentage.

More like Bob Troll. WCCO reports: “The president of the Minneapolis Police union says the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark are vindicated after a federal investigation cleared them of any wrongdoing. … Lt. Bob Kroll spoke at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, where he blasted Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis City Council members Alondra Cano, Cam Gordon and Lisa Bender for creating what he called a “dangerous and unproductive atmosphere.” … Kroll’s harshest words were pointed at Black Lives Matter, who he described as a ‘terrorist organization.’ 

Meanwhile, leaders from Black Lives Matter went on “Democracy Now” to discuss the Feds’ declining to charge the officers in the Jamar Clark shooting: “We speak with Lena K. Gardner, co-founder and organizer of the Minneapolis chapter of Black Lives Matter. ‘There’s a very specific interpretation of events that happened in order to protect the officers,’ Gardner says. ‘I believe that the system is set up to protect officers, to ensure that their version of events is given more credibility.’ 

Well, it’s a goal. The St. Cloud Times’ Kate Kompas reports: “Brian Ayer needed a goal. His mother wanted to know what he would like to accomplish during his fifth-grade year at Pleasantview Elementary School. … He wasn’t sure what to tell her. Then he looked down at the Harley-Davidson shirt he was wearing. … A light bulb went off. … The 11-year-old would try to wear a Harley-Davidson T-shirt or sweatshirt every day of his school year.

In other news…

Sparks fly over Sparks lie: “Republicans accuse Sparks of lying about vote” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Klobuchar takes on powerful window-cord lobby: “Lawmakers working to make window cords safer” [KIMT]

Well, seems like a pretty good Trump proxy: “Trump volunteer launches House bid against ‘stupid, lackluster cowards’ ” [The Hill]

Two important pieces of ungulate news:

The kids are all right: “Fargo-area kids use water guns to save man from fire” [Pioneer Press]

Someone’s enjoying the adjournment of the Legislature:

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/02/2016 - 01:30 pm.

    Based on…

    …the police officers that I’ve been acquainted with over the years, I’d say Lt. Kroll is doing what every self-respecting businessman or woman, politician of every stripe and gender, and kindergarten 5-year-old has been doing for… well… a very long time. That is, he’s being self-interested and self-protective of the officers belonging to the union, just as the groups mentioned previously tend to be self-protective of both themselves and their fellow members. While they’ve chosen a particularly challenging line of work, the police officers I’ve been acquainted with are neither better nor worse to any significant degree from the people they’re sworn to “protect and serve.” I wouldn’t expect Lt. Kroll to admit such a thing in public, especially in the Jamar Clark context, but, much like the rest of us, officers make good and bad decisions on a daily basis.

    BLM members are no more terrorists than the uniformed officers assigned to their protests. In fact, given the persistent and long-standing evidence of discrimination against black citizens in this and many other parts of the country, a plausible case could be made that – if anyone qualifies as a “terrorist” in this context – it’s the people who are authorized by law and routine to carry a sidearm. Does that mean I believe the police are terrorists? Not at all. They’re human, with a difficult job that carries far more than the usual risk, and in which making a mistake can, and often does, have far-reaching, sometimes fatal, consequences. It bears noting that “Not enough evidence” is not synonymous with “innocent.” Lena Gardner is simply stating the obvious by asserting that the system is set up to protect officers. Not many police forces – ever, in ANY society – have been genuinely accountable to the people they were serving.

    • Submitted by Steve Titterud on 06/02/2016 - 01:55 pm.

      The LAW is set up to protect officers.

      A real question, for which I have no answer, is:

      What would happen to law enforcement if those protections were to be withdrawn ??

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 06/02/2016 - 02:35 pm.

    Sen. Klobs

    Once again, Senator Klobuchar takes a courageous stand that is sure to cost her some serious political capital.

    Oh, yeah, she sure is Veep material all right. She doesn’t even need to hold a finger in the wind.

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