And I’d like a million dollars and a Porsche. The AP story says, “Attorneys for Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who killed a Philando Castile during a July traffic stop, are asking that charges against him be dismissed. Yanez’s attorneys are filing a motion that says Castile was negligent in his own death because he was driving while high and did not follow Yanez’s commands. In the documents, attorney Earl Gray wrote that autopsy results showed Castile had high levels of THC in his blood, and that an objective review of squad video confirms Yanez’s description of why he acted in self-defense.”
In the PiPress, David Knutson and Sarah Horner write, “The documents supporting dismissal of charges against Yanez say that Reynolds admitted to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension officials that she and Castile were both marijuana ‘smokers’ and had smoked marijuana before being stopped. ‘Her statement corroborates Officer Yanez’s observation that the smell of marijuana permeated the Castile automobile,’ the documents state. On his application to carry a firearm, Castile had denied that he was an ‘unlawful user of any controlled substance,’ according to the documents. ‘Narcotic users are not eligible to own, let alone carry, a firearm on their person,’ according to the documents. Castile had been issued three marijuana-in-vehicle citations in 2005, 2006 and 2008, according to the documents.” Just so I have this right: We’re to believe that Castile was so aggressive and threatening under the influence of the madness-inducing reefer that there was no other option other than to shoot him … seven times?
Entirely related. David Montgomery and Mara Gottfried in the PiPress report, “St. Paul police officers routinely stop, search and ticket black drivers at higher rates than white drivers, 15 years’ worth of traffic stop data show. The police department released information Wednesday covering nearly 700,000 traffic stops dating to 2001, though much of the data, including many stops that occurred before 2005, is incomplete. … St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said he is uncertain about why the disparities are occurring, but he has plans for the department to collect additional data in the future that may provide answers.”
And also. Peter Cox of MPR says, “The St. Paul City Council gave its final approval of pulling police from the panel that handles complaints against officers, and the police union head isn’t happy. The council voted 5-2 Wednesday night to remove voting officers from the Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission. … Dave Titus, head of the St. Paul Police Federation, said taking cops from the panel strips it of expertise. ‘Now you are going to have a bunch of civilians that have never ever walked in the shoes of being a cop,’ he said. ‘Granted, they have other life experiences, which is important, but we’re judging officers’ actions whether or not they deviated from policy and procedure and their training.’”
It’s getting worse by the minute for those Gopher players. Joe Christensen and Brandon Stahl of the Strib say, “Five of the 10 University of Minnesota football players suspended from the team in the fallout of a student’s sexual assault allegation now face expulsion from school, the players’ attorney, Lee Hutton, said Wednesday night. Four other players face a one-year suspension and another could get probation stemming from the Sept. 2 incident. The school discipline comes weeks after a criminal investigation resulted in no arrests or charges. … [One of the players] acknowledged having sex with the woman, but was adamant that it was consensual. As proof, he played them three separate videos, totaling about 90 seconds, taken that morning.”
A milk drive? John Hageman for the Forum News Service says, “In frigid conditions on the loading dock of Hugo’s grocery store Wednesday morning in Grand Forks, food bank officials began filling a truck with cartons of milk. The donation was the result of the Great American Milk Drive in October, in which Hugo’s customers donated funds while they checked out at the register. In all, about 7,586 gallons of milk will be donated in North Dakota and Minnesota, with 5,576 going to the Great Plains Food Bank, which is based in Fargo.”
Namin’ names. Says Stribber Rochelle Olson on the US Bank luxury suites escapade. “On Monday, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) released the names of dozens of people who had been guests of commissioners and staff members in two luxury suites at U.S. Bank Stadium. Some of the people are well-known, such as Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal and her husband, state Management and Budget Office Commissioner Myron Frans. Others are known more to insiders such as Gov. Mark Dayton’s spokesman Linden Zakula and his wife, Ali Fetissoff, who is listed as a friend of Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the MSFA. Zakula’s $200 reimbursement was part of the $21,000 collected in reimbursements since the newspaper started asking questions about the suites last fall.” Did they get free parking, too?
The slow death of sliders. Says Liz Sawyer in the Strib, “The White Castle restaurant in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood served its last slider Sunday morning, closing for a renovation that will transform the space into another Tim Hortons. Although the property sale will not be finalized until next week, owners shut down the burger joint on the corner of E. Lake Street and 36th Avenue S., where the building has stood since 1963. Employees were notified about the sale last Monday and 18 staff members will be transferred to White Castle locations of their choosing, a restaurant manager said.”
Not since 12 years ago have pending home sales been this strong. Says Jim Buchta in the Strib, “Rising mortgage rates and balmy weather kept home buyers shopping in the Twin Cities last month, leading to deals at a pace usually seen in summer. And December appears to be shaping up as nearly as busy, real estate agents and market watchers said Wednesday. … In November, the number of pending home sales in the Twin Cities rose 9 percent to 3,780, the highest level for any November since 2004 … .”
Jay Boller of City Pages has a timeline of The Year in Twin Cities Music. A couple highlights (you may have forgotten). “Swedish sad-boy rapper Yung Lean cancels his show at the Fine Line in the wake of online bomb threats. … The legendary Iggy Pop humped amplifiers, writhed on the floor, and effectively behaved like a crazed puppy possessed by rock ’n’ roll at Northrop Auditorium … .” Note to self: Gotta get me more “sad boy rap.”