Teens confronted by police in Minnehaha Park speak out

MinnPost file photo by Steve Date
Minnehaha Park

Young kids. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “Three of the four black teens confronted last week by Minneapolis park police said Monday they were victims of mistaken suspicion when police detained them at Minnehaha Falls Regional Park following an unfounded 911 call. … ‘I was scared,’ said 14-year-old Suhaib Ahmed. ‘One was shaking. I was scared he was going to shoot me.’ … The three boys, ages 13 and 14, appeared at a press conference called by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The families of the boys, who are Somali-American, are seeking counsel ahead of possible legal action in the incident, said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota CAIR chapter.”

Be careful. The Star Tribune’s Liz Sawyer writes:Two women have reported being drugged while drinking at Lord Fletcher’s Old Lake Lodge in recent weeks, authorities said. … A 37-year-old woman blacked out July 7 after returning home from the popular Lake Minnetonka eatery and was unable to remember several hours of her evening, she later reported to Orono police. An over-the-counter urine drug test confirmed she had ingested benzodiazepines, a class of anti-anxiety and depressant medications that can produce sedation and induce sleep. … Soon after, an anonymous caller filed a similar complaint about an incident at the bar two weeks earlier. … Orono police say an investigation of the possible druggings is ongoing, but there are no known suspects. It also remains unclear whether the cases are connected.”

Concerning numbers. MPR’s Emma Sapong reports: “Rae Blaylark had nowhere to turn 22 years ago when her son was born with sickle cell disease and she was told that she was a carrier. … Sickle cell, an often-fatal blood disorder that mainly strikes people of African ancestry in the United States, was still rare in 1990s Minnesota. Getting answers to basic questions was nearly impossible. She vowed then no one here diagnosed with the disease would ever ‘feel like they have no support and feel like they’re on an island of their own.’ … Two decades later, there’s a comprehensive sickle cell clinic in place for children in Minnesota. Blaylark and others, however, warn that adult cases are climbing to crisis levels now as more West Africans and African-Americans move here and Minnesota has few care options for them.

Latest on the Red River flood diversion project. The Fargo Forum’s Tu-Uyen Tran reports: “On the big screen, Phil and Ellen Sondreal and their neighbor Sue Nelson could see an aerial photo of their cul-de-sac with their properties outlined in red along with four other properties, Monday, July 16. … Their riverside homes are among 28 the city expects it will have to condemn to make way for new dikes as part of an effort to win approval for the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion from Minnesota regulators. … The dikes are needed because more Red River floodwater would be allowed through Fargo-Moorhead to reduce upstream impact.”

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Very sad:Bicyclist killed after allegedly running red light at Franklin and Hennepin” [Star Tribune]

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PSA:Consumer advisory issued for ice cream mix sold in Duluth” [Duluth News Tribune]

Buzzkill:Roseville hits brakes on brewpub, zoning changes” [Lillie News]

A true feel-good story:A teen, a hot dog stand and a big dream” [MPR]

Sounds like a well-deserved honor:Hmong veteran is first buried here with full military honors” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

Here’s hoping:Will all five Lynx starters be selected for their home all-star game? Cheryl Reeve wants that ‘badly’” [Pioneer Press]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 07/17/2018 - 03:16 pm.

    The incident…

    shows the need for more diversity in the Minneapolis Police Department? How about better training. We saw what happened last year about this time. I’m referring to the Justine Damond incident.

  2. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 07/17/2018 - 04:30 pm.

    Training seems fine

    How would you suggest police respond to a report of 4 individuals with knives, sticks and a possible gun? If those facts are true, I’d say the response was proper because I don’t expect them to unnecessarily risk their lives.

    • Submitted by Bree M on 07/18/2018 - 07:14 pm.

      Sure, let’s encourage Swatting! /s

      Are you saying it is justified for police to threaten people’s lives due to intentionally harmful lies? There is a term for this situation — it is called ‘Swatting’. Named after the tactic of sending false reports of severe situations ensure severe police response.

      Guess what? People have been killed due to these false reports. Not due to the situation, but due to poor police behavior.

      It is never justified for police to act dangerously, no matter what the ‘report’ says. Especially since the police are more than aware that people do lie.

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