Video shows aftermath of fatal police shooting in Falcon Heights

Euric Rutherford, of Inver Grove Heights, asks for a moment of silence for Philando Castile during a protest in front of the Govenor's Residence early Thursday morning.

In the Pioneer Press, Frederick Melo and Mara H. Gottfried write: A police officer fatally shot a 32-year-old man during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on Wednesday night and his girlfriend live-streamed the immediate aftermath. She said in the graphic Facebook video that he had a legal license to carry a firearm and had been reaching for his ID when the officer fired several times.

She probably won’t take questions about e-mail. MPR’s story on Hillary Clinton’s next visit to town, reported by Tim Pugmire, says, “Hillary Clinton will be in Minneapolis later this month to address the American Federation of Teachers convention. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to address more than 3,000 AFT delegates on July 18 at their national convention. That’s the same day that the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland. The AFT was the first national labor union to endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination.” 

No light on the horizon for Minnesota State. Says Strib columnist Lee Schafer, “One financial model put together by Minnesota State colleges and universities projected an annual budget deficit of $66 million in nine years unless the system fundamentally changes how it does business. The biggest problem with this forecast isn’t its dismal conclusion for Minnesota State (formerly called MnSCU). It’s that it seems far too optimistic.” What would Wisconsin do? 

Sorry. I’m sticking with the moose. MPR’s story on the license plate competition says, “After casting more than 30,000 online votes, Minnesotans chose an image of a canoe amid the seasons to represent Minnesota parks and trails on a new license plate. The new license plate will be available from the Department of Motor Vehicles this fall as part of the ongoing celebration of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.” 

Are you getting tired of this act?  MPR’s Dan Kraker says, “Essar Steel Minnesota, which has already missed several deadlines in its decade-long quest to build a new taconite mine and pellet plant on the Iron Range, is asking Minnesota for a nine-month extension of the state’s right to terminate mineral leases at the mine site.” 

Okay, enough with the rain. For the Strib, Tim Harlow says, “Bad news, storm-weary Minnesotans: Swift on the heels of Tuesday night’s battering weather, two more rounds of severe weather are expected Thursday.” 

For People, Aurelie Corinthios writes about fomer Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson’s harassment lawsuit: “In 2015, Carlson published a book, Getting Real, in which she detailed the sexually predatory men she encountered in the workplace. Carlson has also been open about the sexual harassment she experienced as Miss America. ‘I wasn’t naïve, but at the end of my Miss America year, when two different executives attacked me during what I thought were informational interviews about jobs, I was shocked,’ she wrote in a Q&A on her website. ‘I didn’t see it coming, and the worst thing about it was the shame I felt, as if I’d done something wrong.’ ‘Later, on my first television job, it happened again when I was sexually harassed by a cameraman.’”   

Needs better glue. Says Tim Nelson at MPR: “More than a dozen zinc exterior panels on the new U.S. Bank Stadium appear to have come loose during a wind storm that swept through Minneapolis Tuesday night. Panels had come loose on the building during construction, but the latest incident was clearly weather related, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chair Michele Kelm-Helgen said. ‘We are looking at understanding why it is they came loose. Obviously there was a storm, but there will be more storms that come,’ Kelm-Helgen said.” For our half billion bucks we at least got an extended warranty on that thing, right?

Date night may become a regular thing. Says Mara Klecker in the Strib, “As the couple watched the morning news on Sunday, the winning Powerball numbers flashed across the TV screen. That’s when Emily looked at the ticket and got excited. ‘We got all of them except the Powerball. We won a couple hundred bucks!’ she recalled in the news release. Luke thought the prize was higher and went online to check. He started texting family members: he and Emily had a ticket worth $1 million.”

$99 million. Also in the Strib, this from Maura Lerner. “Since the Great Depression, tens of thousands of students have lived in Pioneer Hall, one of the oldest and most historic dorms on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. But after almost 90 years, ‘it’s really at the end of its useful life,’ said Vice President Pamela Wheelock. Rather than tear it down, the U wants to give Pioneer Hall a $99 million face-lift to bring the red brick landmark up to 21st-century standards.” And how much would a modern facsimile cost?

The glory days are ending. In the PiPress, Frederick Melo reports, “More than 250 St. Paul homes are advertised as short-term rentals on Airbnb and similar websites, and with an eye on the Super Bowl coming to Minnesota in 2018, city officials want a handle on how to tax and regulate them. ‘They’re kind of out there in an unregulated place,’ St. Paul City Council Member Chris Tolbert told the council Wednesday. ‘They are growing and continuing to grow.’ Eager to get ahead of a growing trend, the council voted 4-1 on Wednesday to assemble a task force to propose new zoning rules surrounding short-term vacation rentals.” 

And about that FBI-Hillary business? Step back a few feet and behold the Power Line’s Scott Johnson: “Watergate gave us the Saturday night massacre when Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox let himself be fired rather than follow orders from President Nixon. The orders were lawful but Cox disagreed with them in principle. To my knowledge no intelligence officer or defense official or law enforcement officer has resigned in principle in the course of Obama’s presidency. Hillary becomes Evita. Welcome to Banana Republic City. The Clinton email scandal has given us the Tuesday morning massacre. The renowned pillar of virtue James Comey massacred the rule of law. The rule of law in the United States has withstood many ups and downs in our history. It has not withstood Obama or Clinton.” If only Dick Cheney were still in the house to maintain a little respect for the Constitution. 

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Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/07/2016 - 06:17 am.


    …instead of Scott Johnson at Power Line, there’s an entirely different view at the AlterNet, wherein Steven Rosenfeld suggests that, yes, the “rule of law” has been broken, but by FBI Director Comey. The accusation is that, in violation of established DOJ procedures, Comey declared Clinton to be “extremely careless” when , by the rules, he should have said nothing at all. Typically, the FBI makes no comment when there’s not enough evidence for an indictment, so a case could be made (and Rosenfeld tries to make it) that Comey is not quite the even-handed dispenser of justice that other commentators would have us believe.

    Smearing a candidate publicly without enough evidence to criminally accuse is hardly unique, or the worst possible offense during a political season, but we shouldn’t get too carried away in holding up Mr. Comey as some sort of paragon of non-partisan integrity. He’s demonstrably a Republican, having supported and contributed to recent Republican presidential campaigns, and his statements sound very much like the statements of a Republican in election season: the implication of Clinton wrongdoing without the evidence to support that implication.

    The facts don’t exonerate Clinton, either, but the folks at Power Line often succumb to The Vapors over almost anything with the name Clinton attached to it.

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/07/2016 - 08:34 am.

      Despite the Power Line goofballs

      you’re wrong on Comey. Yes, he’s a Republican, but had he played The Game like one he’d have recommended charges regardless of the sufficiency of the evidence. Yes, it’s true that the FBI doesn’t usually comment much when it doesn’t charge, but this is a little bigger matter than the usual stuff at your local FBI field office. And are you really going to claim that the standard for discussing the integrity of a candidate is whether they’ve committed a criminal offense? That statement is as absurd as anything in Power Line.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/07/2016 - 09:53 am.

        Bigger Stuff

        Mr. Comey’s remarks, if any, should have been limited to answering the question of whether there would be a prosecution. Any other remarks were superfluous,m and way outside his jurisdiction.

        This is actually small-time police conduct. It’s pretty common for law enforcement to grouse about how bad someone is, but that person is never charged with a crime. It’s gossip.

        “That statement is as absurd as anything in Power Line.” I didn’t think it was absurd, I thought it was evidence of voluntary intoxication. Is BUI (Blogging Under the Influence) a crime?

        • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/07/2016 - 11:06 am.

          So now Gov’t transparency is bad?

          In today’s age when people distrust government, I find it baffling that in cases like this, Jamar Clark or last night’s shooting, people would suggest we should just accept the decision and that we’re not entitled to know the reasoning behind it. Summarizing an investigation isn’t outside his jurisdiction and I certainly wouldn’t classify the explanation behind charging or not charging a candidate for POTUS with a crime as “superfluous”.

          • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 07/07/2016 - 11:34 am.


            What was superfluous was the scolding for sloppy handling of e-mails. That seems to e beyond the realm of the FBI Director.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 07/07/2016 - 08:44 am.

      Excellent post

      The folks at Powerline (Is Johhson HindRocket? Oh no that’s Hinderacker.) live in an alternate universe where Bush and Cheney Lying us into a disastrous multi-trillion dollar war was the ultimate in patriotism and Obama changing the name of Mt. McKinley back to it’s original Denali is the ultimate abuse of executive power.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/07/2016 - 06:27 am.

    Minnesota State

    What would Wisconsin do? Pretty much what Minnesota is doing. The legislature holds the purse strings, and the legislature (should I mention which party controls the House?) has chosen to emulate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. As Schafer states in his ‘Strib piece, the share of Minnesota State financial support coming from Minnesota, rather than student tuition and other sources, has declined significantly over the past decade and more. When income declines steadily, the state college and university system little choice but to start cutting programs. A relevant question is: Why is that state support steadily declining?

    Political rhetoric (from both parties) about maintaining a “world-class,” educated workforce rings more than a little hollow in the face of steadily declining state support for the system from the legislature. Talk is cheap. It’s action that counts.

  3. Submitted by Rachel Kahler on 07/07/2016 - 08:35 am.

    RIP Philando

    The situation in Falcon Heights is heartbreaking and inexcusable.

  4. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 07/07/2016 - 09:47 am.

    Power Ball

    The reason I don’t play the Power ball is that I’m afraid I’d win. Unlike half of all lottery winners, I’ve always been able to pay all of my bills and have never needed to declare bankruptcy.

    “My mom needs surgery, she’s going to die without it. Can’t you help me out?”

  5. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 07/07/2016 - 10:27 am.

    What is Justice

    if an officer clearly stops a driver for driving while black,…

    if that officer is so fearful that, after asking the driver to provide I.D….

    he panics and shoots that driver as that driver reaches for his wallet,…

    thinking he’s reaching for the gun,…

    which the driver has indicated he has in his possession,…

    and for which he has a concealed carry permit?

    Why is it still seen as appropriate to pursue “broken tail light” policing,…

    by which police routinely pull over folk of lower economic classes and/or who are driving older vehicles,…

    as a sort of ECONOMIC profiling?

    Is it because the folk randomly pulled over in this way do not have the wherewithal to protest,…

    even though the results of such low level harassment of lower class folks,…

    produces a VERY low percentage of useful information?

    If police officers are not capable of the emotional stability and calm required to coolly and logically assess what may or may not be a dangerous situation,…

    but are overcome by their own fight or flight response when under such stress,…

    and those officers repeatedly seek to establish “control” in situations where the only thing out of control are their own responses to that situation,…

    blaming their victims for “threatening them,” and claiming to feel as if their “lives were in danger,”

    when those response are internal to the officer(s) and there’s NOTHING their victims can do to alter the internal responses the officers are experiencing,…

    why are such officers,…

    who are clearly NOT emotionally/psychologically equipped to do the job still on the police force?

    Do we let officers who are not capable of doing the work required make these kinds of mistakes,…

    mistakes where people end up dead,…

    with no repercussions?

    Is that justice?

    My local police force does not seem to have these kinds of officers in it.

    Why do such officers continue to be employed in so many OTHER places?

    • Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/07/2016 - 12:21 pm.

      You know what they say about assumptions…

      If the story turns out to be as is currently believed, I’ll certainly side with the victim. But we haven’t heard law enforcement’s side yet.So, in the interests of learning the truth, I’ll wait a while.

      I could go down your list and refute the vast majority of your points, but it wouldn’t be worth it. Because, a half day after the incident, you’ve already reached your conclusion.

      • Submitted by Pat Terry on 07/08/2016 - 10:32 am.

        Other side

        I watched a video of a man seat-belted in his car dying from gunshot wounds next to his girlfriend and a 4-year old, while a panicked police office repeatedly screamed the word “f**k.” I very much look forward to hearing the other side.

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