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Police officer charged in Philando Castile death

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The casket for Philando Castile being carried from the Cathedral of St. Paul on July 14, 2016.

This is big news. The Star Tribune’s Chao Xiong reports: “Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces three criminal charges for the killing of Philando Castile, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Wednesday. … Choi said it was his conclusion that ‘use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified.’ Yanez was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm. … Before Yanez, no officer had been charged in more than 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000.

Another sentence comes down in the ISIS trial. MPR’s Laura Yuen writes: “A 22-year-old Minneapolis man has received the harshest penalty yet out of nine men involved with a plot to leave the United States and join the terrorist group ISIS. … Mohamed Farah, the elder of two brothers in the conspiracy, will serve 30 years in prison. … When delivering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis reiterated his conclusion that the group amounted to a ‘terror cell in Minneapolis’ that repeatedly deceived everyone around them in hopes of taking up arms with Islamic State militants in Syria.”

Surely they can find the money. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz report: “The nation’s largest banks will need more money to use as a safeguard against a future collapse of the financial system, under a plan to protect the U.S. economy unveiled today by the Minneapolis Fed and its new leader, Neel Kashkari. … The proposal, developed over the past 10 months, also calls for a tax on debt for hedge funds and simpler regulations for community banks.”

At Slate, Michelle Goldberg makes the case for Rep. Keith Ellison as DNC chair. She writes: “Ellison, who announced his candidacy Monday, is the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He was the first Muslim elected to Congress, as well as the first black congressman from Minnesota. Ellison was the second sitting congressman to endorse Sanders but became an indefatigable Clinton surrogate as soon as the primary ended. He is uniquely positioned to unite progressives, carrying the passion of the Sanders movement into the party while representing the racial and religious minorities endangered in the Trump era. ‘I don’t think this can be understated: There is a divide in our party right now,’ said Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and a longtime Ellison supporter. ‘There are a lot of people who are looking for a new voice and a new vision and a fresh perspective. We need someone who can heal that wound and bring everyone together, get all of those stakeholders and survivors to buy into the DNC and buy into our party and start putting our energies into fighting Republicans instead of fighting each other.’”

In other news…

Teaching the wrong kind of division: “A St. Paul math teacher is on leave over statements about the election” [Pioneer Press]

Raise your hand if you’re not currently being considered for agriculture secretary: “Minnesota’s Pawlenty as Trump’s agriculture secretary? Not likely.” [Pioneer Press]

It’s been a year: “Family, supporters remember Jamar Clark one year after fatal shooting by Minneapolis police” [Star Tribune]

Sounds like a great person: “Deputy reinstated after beating dog allegedly made unwanted advances on bar patrons” [Star Tribune]

It’s what Prince would’ve wanted: “Prince’s Estate Sues Jay Z’s Roc Nation over Tidal Streaming” [KSTP]

In other news, Minnesotans easily perplexed: “Tim Hortons explained: Minnesotans perplexed by new Canadian chain at MOA” [Star Tribune]

Cyclist was a Minnesota native: “Brooklyn Man Is Charged in Hit-and-Run Death of Cyclist” [New York Times]

PSA: “The wildly popular ‘Vincent Burger’ is now available at the Local” [City Pages]

Your flight delay just got a big upside: “Stone Arch marks grand opening at MSP Airport” [The Growler]

Bye Blair, hi Kai: “Vikings release kicker Blair Walsh, add Kai Forbath” []

R.I.P.: “Connie Perpich, advocate for abortion rights, women’s health” [Pioneer Press]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Jim Million on 11/16/2016 - 02:43 pm.

    Patience & Process

    Takes discipline of both to obtain clear findings. Case in point here.
    Did any honest person truly believe this officer was not culpable in some significant way?

    No need to shout, scream or march until official findings are made.
    And, no, all of that does not promote better process or favorable findings.
    If one truly believes those findings are legally incorrect or unjust — then shout, scream or march.


  2. Submitted by Jim Million on 11/16/2016 - 02:53 pm.

    On a lighter note:

    Who here does not believe each of us also needs “more money to use as a safeguard against a future collapse of the financial system”?

    Please believe that in this statement the Fed is clearly focused on the institutional possiblity of additional collapse. And the election has nothing to do with this realistic concern.

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