Security video shows Minneapolis police officer shooting two dogs

Pat Pfeifer of the Strib writes, “The Facebook video is disturbing. A uniformed Minneapolis police officer is seen in the fenced back yard of a home in north Minneapolis. Two dogs come out to see what’s going on. The officer shoots one dog, then the other. As of Sunday afternoon, both dogs were alive but their owner, Jennifer LeMay, was facing thousands of dollars in bills for vet care and surgery.”

At City Pages, Mike Mullen adds this, “On Sunday, the Minneapolis Police Department released a statement acknowledging the upsetting scene, saying they’ve reached out to LeMay and are investigating what led to the shootings. … LeMay has updated her Facebook page with details about the dogs, Ciroc and Rocko, which both survived being shot at close range, and have undergone surgeries, and are in recovery. In a subsequent post, she says the police and Xfinity — which apparently operates her home security system — ‘can expect to be seeing and hearing from my lawyer bright [and] early Monday morning.’

In other animal news: Will Ashenmacher of the PiPress reports, “Kelsey Poshusta’s first muskie was almost one for the record books. The 23-year-old Adams woman likes fishing for walleye, but her father, Derek, is an avid muskie fisherman, so when they went out on Lake Mille Lacs July 2, that’s what they were after. It had been a fairly quiet day until Poshusta’s fish hit … . Derek Poshusta said his muskie board only goes up to 54 inches, so with a tape measure, they recorded Kelsey Poshusta’s muskie as 57.25 inches long and 26.75 inches in girth.” In a couple more years, the invasive carp will be that big.

Speaking of invasive carp. Stribber Paul Walsh says, “A two-state flotilla, armed with its enemies list, is poised to launch a multi-day assault on numerous invasive species that threaten the St. Croix River separating Minnesota and Wisconsin. Posted at points stretching more than 40 miles, inspectors will staff three decontamination boats on each side of the river July 14 and 15 in a search-and-destroy mission against such invaders as zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed, bighead carp, rusty crayfish and Asian clams.” 

Grenades? Tom Cherveny’s story for the Forum News Service says, “A Benson youth hockey coach facing felony charges for allegedly attempting to solicit a child for sex over the internet also now faces separate charges for weapons possession. … According to allegations in a criminal complaint, they seized what they believe were three fragment grenades; five unknown explosive devices inside a military-style ammunition container; a loaded, Kimber .45-caliber handgun; a 5.56x.223 caliber AR-style rifle with a loaded magazine next to it; and a loaded Bersa .380-caliber handgun with a loaded magazine next to it.” Guy’s gotta protect his castle, y’know.

Get some before Amazon eats their lunch. John Ewoldt of the Strib says, “Kowalski’s Market in Woodbury on Monday will add pickup service for its grab-and-go selections, becoming the first grocery in the country to use a mobile app called FlyBuy. It will allow consumers to order breakfast, lunch or dinner items from Kowalski’s deli, pay with a credit card and pick it up at the store in designated parking spots without getting out of their car.”

Just another reason to never leave Edina. Stibber Tim Harlow has the gruesome details of the four-year I-35W makeover. “In about a month, the Minnesota Department of Transportation starts on another major construction project that will affect downtown commuters for the next four years. … The rebuilding of Interstate 35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd Street is so massive that it will be carried out in five stages, with the first starting as soon as MnDOT approves the deal with a trio of contractors who have teamed up to carry out the $240 million task.”

“Fair, reasonable and adequate,” says the judge, according to a Los Angeles Times story by David Ng on a proposed Wells Fargo settlement. “Wells Fargo & Co. has received preliminary approval for its proposed $142-million class-action settlement to compensate possibly millions of customers who had unauthorized accounts opened in their name. On Saturday, a federal judge in San Francisco found that the proposed settlement was ‘fair, reasonable and adequate’. … The class-action settlement will cover customers who had unauthorized accounts opened beginning May 1, 2002. Customers will be compensated for the fees they were charged based on the number of unauthorized accounts. One of the major hurdles in reaching a settlement has been determining how many customers were affected by the bank’s practices.” That is fees with interest, right?

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Pat Berg on 07/10/2017 - 08:08 am.

    A hard video to watch

    Police have no interest in learning anything about how to recognize whether or not a dog is actually exhibiting aggressive body language – it’s so much easier to just pull out their gun and shoot. Because after all, it’s “just a dog”. You can always get another one, right?

    The first dog in the video was exhibiting questioning, cautious and placating behavior towards an unexpected interloper in its enclosed yard. Not aggression (which would not have been surprising considering the officer had entered the dog’s territory). I wasn’t able to watch after the first shot.

    It really makes anyone with a dog think twice about getting a security system for their home . . . . . .

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