The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany reports: “The city of Minneapolis plans to release body camera video showing officers fatally shooting Thurman Junior Blevins after all witnesses have been interviewed, Mayor Jacob Frey said Tuesday. … The officers involved in the shooting, Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly, both had their body cameras activated, according to Minneapolis police. State law allows authorities to release body camera video before the investigation is complete, if they decide it benefits the public.”
If it rises that far I still wouldn’t take it to the Supreme Court. In the Strib Miguel Otarola says, “More than two dozen social justice organizations and immigrant rights groups are demanding that Hennepin and Ramsey counties stop enforcement work for federal immigration officials. The groups, called the Decriminalizing Communities Coalition, announced their campaign during a news conference held Tuesday outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis. … The coalition is made up of 26 organizations including JCA, ACLU of Minnesota, Minneapolis NAACP, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and the state chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN).”
Opening Bell. From MPR’s Tim Nelson: “Once known for its musty hallways and dimly-lit dioramas on the University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus, the Bell Museum has a sparkling new home that will bring visitors as close to the natural world as they can without getting their socks wet. Carpenters drill mounting holes as they put the finishing touches on more than 100 displays that have been relocated to the Bell Museum’s new home on the edge of the U’s St. Paul campus, opening in a few weeks. The new facility is wrapped in so much glass you feel like you’re stepping inside a museum display case.”
He’s back. From MPR: “President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Fargo Wednesday evening, a week after a similar event in Duluth, Minn., attracted thousands of supporters.… Wednesday’s event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Trump campaign spokesman Michael Glassner told The Associated Press earlier in June that Trump is expected to discuss the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as the economy and low unemployment rates.”
Whatever you say. Katelyn Caralle of The Washington Examiner reports, “President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale said the rally in Minnesota last week was attended by 60 percent Democrats and Independents. Parscale said that the influx in non-Republican attendees was due to the ‘positive results’ they have seen in America from the Trump administration’s policies.” And the other 40 percent were from the planet Remulak.
I blame the lack of leg room and deep vein thrombosis. An AP story says, “An agitated passenger was escorted off a Spirit Airlines flight that landed in Rochester, Minnesota, for a medical emergency. Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis says the 38-year-old woman from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, was asked to leave the flight after it landed Monday morning. The incident started when the flight from Houston to Minneapolis was diverted to Rochester after a passenger became ill. … the woman, who had no connection to the ill passenger, became irate and started screaming, running up and down the aisle.”
He was upset because the guy was giving him cigarettes? The AP reports, “Sixty-seven-year-old Clarence Junior Hilliard Jr. appeared in Stearns County court Monday on two felony counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. According to the criminal complaint, a neighbor told police he went to Hilliard’s apartment Friday to give him cigarettes. The man told police he kept knocking after Hilliard told him to go away. The complaint says Hilliard opened the door, swung something at the man and cut off two of his fingertips. The St. Cloud Times reports police executed a search warrant and found several weapons inside Hilliard’s apartment, including a machete apparently with blood on it.” Castle Doctrine, baby.
Today in Enbridge news. Rod Nickel of Reuters says, “Commissioners on a Minnesota regulatory board questioned crude oil demand for Enbridge Inc’s Line 3 pipeline on Tuesday, ahead of an expected decision this week on whether work can proceed on a proposed expansion of the line. … Commissioners spent part of the morning discussing whether the project is necessary. Commissioner Dan Lipschultz said he felt ‘frustration’ having to rely on forecasts provided by Enbridge based on rising oil production, rather than on refiners’ demand.”
We’re No. 3! Says Aimee Blanchette of the Star Tribune on the most recent report from dubious-list factory WalletHub, which found that “Minnesota is the third-best state for summer road trips. Based on more than 30 factors including gas prices, activities, attractions and safety, the personal finance website ranked Wyoming the best road-trip state. North Carolina came in second. Tiny Rhode Island is the worst. … Wisconsin came in 22nd overall due to having fewer scenic byways.” Who needs scenic byways when there’s a bar every two miles?