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Protest over Minneapolis police shooting blocks trains during evening commute

Hundreds of people gathered for the protest which started at the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday evening.

From the AP and MPR: “Activists and family members of a black man who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police marched through downtown, blocking trains during the evening rush hour as they chanted some of Thurman Blevins’ last words: ‘Please don’t shoot me! Leave me alone!’ Hundreds of people gathered for the protest which started at the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday evening. They held signs calling for justice for Blevins, who was shot June 23 by Minneapolis officers after they chased him into an alley in north Minneapolis. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman declined Monday to charge the officers involved in the incident — Officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly.”

Related: Journalist Tony Webster reports, “On Monday, as it was announced that no charges would be filed against the officers, the [Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension] published over 2,000 pages of documents relating to their investigation, audio recordings of interviews, and dozens of body camera videos. But the BCA also published copies of the forensic analysis of the three cell phones, in full, and without any apparent redactions. The forensic snapshots included all of the content on the devices, such as photographs and videos stored on the phones, text and chat history, call logs, contact lists, web browser history, and the contents of internal databases used by the devices to connect to various online services.”

AlsoMPR’s story on Webster’s discovery noted, “Webster found the forensic analysis of the three phones amid over 2,000 pages of documents, audio recordings and videos used in the BCA’s probe. … He didn’t publish the sensitive data, and he waited to publish his report until the state took down the information. ‘It took them 18 hours to take the data down,’ Webster told MPR News.”

DFL vs. Painter. In the Strib, Judy Keen says, “Leaders of Minnesota’s DFL Party are in a heated feud with U.S. Senate candidate Richard Painter, a former Republican and ethics lawyer in President George W. Bush’s White House who is challenging Sen. Tina Smith in the upcoming DFL primary. Party Chair Ken Martin called Painter ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ who refuses to say he is a Democrat. … Painter said that he ‘won’t swear allegiance to a party’ but would caucus with Senate Democrats if he’s elected and would vote for Smith if she beats him in the Aug. 14 primary. The DFL, he said in an interview, is ‘applying a litmus test instead of talking about issues.’”

Vin. A familiar name surfaces in the New York Times : “Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has referred three investigations into possible illicit foreign lobbying by Washington insiders to federal prosecutors in New York who are already handling the case against President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, according to multiple people familiar with the cases. … The cases involve Gregory B. Craig, who served as the White House counsel under President Barack Obama before leaving to work for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; former Representative Vin Weber, Republican of Minnesota, who joined Mercury Public Affairs, a lobbying firm, after leaving Congress; and Tony Podesta, a high-powered Washington lobbyist whose brother, John D. Podesta, was the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The three men have not been charged with any crimes … .”

Not on a stick. At City Pages Jay Boller says, “When it comes to joys of Minnesota summers, knocking back cold ones at the Minnesota State Fair ranks pretty damn high. On Tuesday morning, the fair unveiled 27 new, exciting, and eyebrow-raising ways to experience the Great Minnesota Glug-Together. The newbies range from wacky (Lakefront Brewery’s Funnel Cake Cream Ale) to fancy (Eastlake Craft Brewery’s Kirby Pucker #34, fermented with lactobacillus) to created by former Twins closer Glen Perkins (Surly’s Kloser IPA).”

Sorta related. Tim Nelson at MPR reports, “A change in Minnesota law will ban people who have a DWI from taking to the state’s trails and waterways on boats, snowmobiles and ATVs while their driving privileges are suspended. That hasn’t been the case, as authorities found earlier this year. Alan Geisenkoetter, an 8-year-old Wyoming, Minn., boy was killed when a snowmobile driven by 45-year-old Eric Coleman hit Geisenkoetter and his family’s ice fishing shelter in January. Coleman had two previous DWI convictions and was facing another charge. But state law didn’t prevent him from driving motorized recreational vehicles like snowmobiles, ATVs and boats.”

Speaking of the Fair, Tim Harlow and Janet Moore report, “Metro Transit officials facing a worsening driver shortage abruptly cut bus service Tuesday in a move to stabilize service across the Twin Cities — for now. By canceling 67 trips across 40 routes for the foreseeable future — about 1 percent of the agency’s daily operations — Metro Transit can staff the rest of its other runs and dramatically reduce the number of missed trips, said spokesman Howie Padilla. … Metro Transit said no additional cuts to regular service are planned, but the shortage will affect service for the State Fair.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by lee wick on 08/01/2018 - 11:01 am.

    Blocking Transit

    Impeding the lives of others is no way to gain support from others.

    • Submitted by B. Dalager on 08/01/2018 - 12:37 pm.


      Yeah, they should have opted for one of those quiet protests that inconveniences nobody. They’re great ways to get attention to important causes.

      • Submitted by Patrick Tice on 08/01/2018 - 04:40 pm.

        Then they should…

        …pick a cause with more merit than this one. The shooting was justified – according to Freeman – and it is obvious that a case could not possibly be brought and won against the officers.

        • Submitted by B. Dalager on 08/01/2018 - 10:25 pm.

          Who decides what causes are important?

          I agree that the officers were not in the wrong in this case. I also agree that too many people die at the hands of police, and I think there has to be a better way.

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