Minneapolis police, citing conflict, won’t investigate claims against Ellison

Rep. Keith Ellison
MinnPost file photo by Mark Dvorak
Rep. Keith Ellison

Stephen Montemayor of the Strib writes, “The DFL Party’s attempt to find a law enforcement agency willing to investigate a domestic abuse claim against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison was mired in uncertainty Wednesday, after the Minneapolis Police Department said it would seek to refer the case to another jurisdiction. Earlier Wednesday, the DFL asked Minneapolis police to investigate after both a city attorney and a county prosecutor declined to review a report the party commissioned that did not substantiate the allegation.”

Also from the Star Tribune: “Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who called last week’s Judiciary Committee hearing into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh an ‘unethical sham,’  isn’t done yet. Now he’s taking on a pivotal moment during the hearing — an exchange between Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Kavanaugh. Klobuchar pressed Kavanaugh on whether he ever blacked out while drinking or had events he couldn’t remember, but instead of answering, he asked the same questions of her.  … But now Graham is saying its Klobuchar who should apologize to Kavanaugh.

A KSTP-TV story says, “The Great Minnesota Get-Together is the Fair of the Year. The Minnesota State Fair won that award at Tuesday night’s ceremony at the International Entertainment Buyers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The fair beat out six other nominees, including the Wisconsin State Fair.”

WCCO-TV reports: “President Donald Trump will speak at a campaign-style rally at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester Thursday. The rally will start at 6:30 p.m., and city leaders have been told to expect thousands of people at the event. Randal Thom of Lakefield, Minnesota is prepared to wait all night and all day to see the President speak. He has been posted up on his folding chair since 5 a.m. Wednesday. ‘It’s kind of like a Trump tailgate party,’ Thom said.”

Martin Moylan at MPR says, “Along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue, the nation’s trade war with China is starting to hit home. At Treadle Yard Goods, owner Michele Hoaglund said that about half the bolts of fabric filling the pine shelves around her store come from China. And that fabric will be subject to the latest round of tariffs. … Just a few blocks to the east, Mike Schumann is trying to figure out how tariffs on Chinese goods will affect the furniture he sells. He’s co-owner of Traditions Classic Home Furnishings. A lot of his furniture and the fabric that covers it comes from China. Both products are hit by the new tariffs.”

Says WCCO-TV, “After being let go as manager of the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Paul Molitor was offered a position to stay in the organization in baseball operations. According to at least one report, Molitor wants another shot at either managing or being on a coaching staff. It wouldn’t involve staying with the Twins.

MPR’s Dan Kraker reports, “Federal officials say a massive refinery explosion in Superior, Wis., in April could have been prevented if the plant’s equipment had been properly maintained. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Husky Energy for failing to control the use and release of highly hazardous chemicals after an explosion and fire injured several employees.”

MPR writes: “ St. Paul’s Como Zoo welcomed a 5-feet-8-inch tall, 120-pound baby giraffe on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The newest member of the herd is the eighth born to mother Daisy and the sixth for its father, Skeeter. The giraffe birth marks the 22nd at the zoo in the past 24 years, according to a press release from the zoo.”

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Frank Phelan on 10/04/2018 - 09:38 am.

    As far a Lindsey Graham, no matter how cynical I get, it’s almost impossible to keep up.

  2. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 10/04/2018 - 09:55 am.

    Why not apply the same standards to Rep. Ellison that are being applied to Judge Kavanaugh regarding an investigation of alleged incidents?

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 10/04/2018 - 10:09 am.

      Are you suggesting a limited half-***ed investigation where the main parties don’t get interviewed and leads don’t get followed?

      I’d rather see an actual investigation of Ellison, which the DFL is trying to get, but which no one wants to do.

      If Ford or Ramirez or one of the other alleged victims of Kavanaugh had video, I expect they would share it. Find someone independent who can review the alleged video but won’t release it. If it shows abuse, dump Ellison. If not or if no video, end of the story.

    • Submitted by chuck holtman on 10/04/2018 - 11:42 am.

      Because he’s not alleged to have done anything. If everything his ex-girlfriend asserts is true, he pulled her foot and said a bad word to her.

      • Submitted by Howard Salute on 10/04/2018 - 06:01 pm.

        Wow. Yours is a remarkable comment. If what you say is true, why aren’t others(or at least someone credible) dismissing this abuse allegation as something less than a serious abuse allegation?

  3. Submitted by Harris Goldstein on 10/04/2018 - 04:01 pm.

    Let’s see. Amid the multiple references to heavy drinking, some veiled and some not, Klobuchar had the audacity to ask if he might have been drinking enough to not be fully aware of what he was doing.

    Since Graham’s conscience passed away a month or so ago, Graham’s been going downhill.

    John McCain is spinning in his grave.

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