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Arrest video prompts activists’ call for boycott of Metro Transit

The Strib’s Janet Moore reports: “A video showing the arrest of a black woman by Metro Transit police officers that was widely shared on social media last week has prompted several activist groups to call a boycott of Metro Transit service Tuesday. A bystander recorded Kenya Chandler, 38, of Minneapolis, being handcuffed and pushed to the ground by Metro Transit Police Sgt. Tim Lawrence at a downtown Minneapolis bus stop on Aug. 21.”

From KSTP-TV: “The family of Minnesota rock legend Prince, who died of a fentanyl overdose in 2016, has officially filed their lawsuit against medical companies and a doctor they say failed to treat his addiction and provided narcotics without a proper prescription. Court records show the lawsuit was filed in Hennepin County last week. It names Iowa Health System (UnityPoint), the parent company of the Illinois hospital that treated Prince days before his death, Walgreens, North Memorial Health Care and Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg as plaintiffs.”

A Josh Verges story in the PiPress says, “Since hiring a temp agency to find substitute teachers in 2014, St. Paul Public Schools has seen a sharp increase in absences from its full-time teachers. Teachers are taking more sick and personal days, and they’re spending more time out of their classrooms in training. Overall, sub requests last year were up 32 percent from 2013-14. That temporary workforce cost the district $6.7 million last year, up from $4 million four years earlier.”

Says an AP story: “An investigation has concluded that North Mankato police officers were justified in using stun guns on a man who later died. Officers on Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man who had taken multiple prescription medications and was acting aggressively. Authorities say officers used stun guns to subdue 39-year-old Aaron Rasmussen when he ignored commands and advanced toward them. Rasmussen died several days later. An autopsy listed the cause of death as complications from an irregular heartbeat.”

From Bloomberg News Alan Bjerga writes, “U.S. farmers will get $4.7 billion in a first round of direct government aid to compensate for market losses caused by Chinese tariffs in a trade war that’s hurting some of President Donald Trump’s core supporters. Growers of soybeans, the hardest hit, will get $3.6 billion, according to the plan the government released Monday. Pork will receive the second highest payment of $290 million, and dairy producers are also eligible for assistance, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The soybean and dairy supports are good news for many farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “A federal appeals panel last week upheld a judge’s ruling that a lawsuit filed against a Minneapolis police officer can proceed, writing that the officer’s incorrect assumption of the source of injuries he incurred during an arrest could have been cleared up with “any minimal amount of investigation. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Officer Robert Heiple had no grounds to arrest Catrina Johnson when he wrongly assumed that she had kicked him — when, in fact, he had suffered a rupture or a sprain.”

KSTP-TV reports on last night’s storms. “Damage has been reported in portions of Minnesota and western Wisconsin after severe storms moved through the area Monday.  According to the National Weather Service, an 82 mph wind gust was reported in Red Wing. … The NWS also reported widespread wind damage in Wisconsin in Pierce and St. Croix counties.”

Also in the Strib, this from Jessie Van Berkel. “Republican candidate for governor Jeff Johnson said his support for President Donald Trump, a likely boost in his recent upset victory in Minnesota’s primary election, will not waver as he turns to the general election and tries to win over a much wider and less conservative set of voters. ‘I support him. I like what he is trying to do. I like the direction he is trying to take the country’, Johnson said of Trump during an interview with the Star Tribune. ‘I don’t always agree with him’.”

MPR’s Brandt Williams reports, “‘Guns down, hands up.’ That’s what Minnesota Fight Club founder Jihad Muhammad says before every match. It’s what he asks his fighters to say on camera before they touch gloves with their opponents and duke it out in a Minneapolis public park. A physiology major at the University of Minnesota who hopes to become an emergency room doctor, Muhammad, 21, said he launched the club over the summer as a way to help curb gun violence in the city by giving young people an outlet for aggression that doesn’t involve guns. He sees the bouts he’s been staging at Bde Maka Ska and other parks as healthy outlets for aggression. Others, however, see serious problems and potential danger in the public fights, which may also be illegal.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 08/28/2018 - 07:38 am.

    Farm subsidies

    “U.S. farmers will get $4.7 billion in a first round of direct government aid…“ Somehow, I have a feeling this won’t keep rural lawmakers and their constituents from (still) proclaiming the benefits of a “free market.” Phrased differently, elections have consequences – for most of us. In this case, however, Farm voters – who heavily favored Trump in 2016 – have been able to avoid the consequences, thanks to the rest of us, who’ll be paying for those billions of dollars in direct aid.

    I hope the DFL is relentless in pounding home the hypocrisy of the “free market” and “government interference” arguments when they’re inevitably brought up in the next legislative session.

    • Submitted by Charles Holtman on 08/28/2018 - 08:55 am.


      The democrat holds power by acting in the interest of all. The autocrat holds power by expropriating from his opponents to reward his supporters.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/28/2018 - 10:33 am.

      Good Luck WIth That One

      Whenever Democrats are handed a great issue on a silver platter, you can bet that they won’t mention it at all.

      Just think about how they have no idea of how to campaign on rural broad band, which merely requires the governor (or guv candidate) to drop into small hamlets and ask, “Hey folks, got broad band? Guess who won’t get it to you?”

  2. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/28/2018 - 11:06 am.

    Say It! Welfare! Just Say It!

    Why won’t the lame stream media call this what it is? It’s welfare. Cash welfare. Cash welfare that can be spent on lobster, or liquor, or pot. How will we know this won’t be spent at the casino?

    The abuse of opioids in rural ‘Merica is rampant, and is destroying communities. Is giving financial struggling people unrestricted cash a good idea? Won’t this lower their self-worth and destroy their personal initiative? Won’t they become dependent of government hand outs?

    Oh, that’s right, this is OK because it goes to good white folk of European stock.

    Never mind.

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