Frey calls for firing over racist Christmas decorations at Minneapolis Fourth Police Precinct

Not a good look. WCCO reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says the officer or city official who put ‘racist’ decorations on a Christmas tree in north Minneapolis’ 4th Precinct police station will be fired. … The mayor issued the stern statement Friday, after images appeared on social media, showing a Christmas tree in the precinct decorated with empty Takis bags, Newport cigarette boxes and Popeyes Chicken cups.

This whole affair is very Minneapolis, 2018. City Pages’ Susan Du reports: “The Star Tribune’s Miguel Otárola, who’s been dutifully relaying each thrilling episode of the Minneapolis’ various sidewalk clearing strategies, decided to check if the council’s able-bodied members were themselves in compliance. … He found just one errant homeowner: Lisa Bender, who racked up seven complaints last winter alone. The city had to send someone to shovel her sidewalk, fining her $149, the Star Tribune reported. … But after the Strib (which owns City Pages) reported its findings, Bender took to Twitter to accuse the paper of calling her out just because she’s a woman.

Things are looking up in Duluth. The Duluth News Tribune’s Brooks Johnson reports:A 15-story apartment building may soon be on the rise on East Superior Street in downtown Duluth. … The tower, which would replace the Voyageur Lakewalk Inn at 333 E. Superior St., is slated to include 204 rental units with retail on the ground floor. Developers want to attract an urban grocery store to fill much of that street-level space. … ‘It’s a skyline changer,’ said Brian Forcier of Titanium Partners.”

To be fair, pretty much everyone has a podcast these days. The AP’s Steve Karnowski reports: “Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. … The former ‘Saturday Night Live’ funnyman released a podcast on health care this week, just days after a Thanksgiving Day Facebook post in which he mused how much he missed ‘being in the fight every day.’”

In other news…

On tap for this weekend: the white stuff.Snow Saturday for southern Minn. and metro; highest totals south” [MPR]

How about electric skis?In comes winter, out go app-based electric scooters” [MPR]

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday:Inver Grove Heights to get new brew pub in former Ruby Tuesday” [Pioneer Press]

Minneapolis is #2:Bucking national trend, Seattle millennials least likely to live at home with parents” [Seattle Times]

More like Minnesota Bi-Monthly:Minnesota Monthly to reduce print frequency to 6 issues a year” [Star Tribune]

Why not go with the best?Ryan Pleased With Budget Committee Portrait — Even if Artist Was a Minnesotan” [Roll Call]

Comments (9)

  1. Submitted by Richard Callahan on 11/30/2018 - 12:35 pm.

    “Bender took to Twitter to accuse the paper of calling her out just because she’s a woman.”

    This is just silly.

  2. Submitted by Henk Tobias on 11/30/2018 - 02:00 pm.

    The fact that someone in the 4th precinct felt comfortable enough to decorate a tree like that tells you that there is probably more than one person that should be fired. Who ever is in charge there needs to go as well.

  3. Submitted by Edward Blaise on 11/30/2018 - 02:13 pm.

    The Xmas incident is one more point to argue that they all must live inside the city limits. Way too many view the people they are paid to serve (not even to mention coworkers) as a class below them who they have a thinly (and not at all) veiled contempt for.

  4. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 11/30/2018 - 05:50 pm.

    A Christmas tree? Seriously? Not the decorations, but the fact that a Christmas tree is present at all. Schools don’t even allow them do they?

    • Submitted by Wayne Kantola on 11/30/2018 - 09:46 pm.

      It is the Christmas season after all. Are you so contemptuous of faith that you would not allow officers to face east and pray to Mecca or abstain from working the Sabbath?

      • Submitted by Arthur Swenson on 12/01/2018 - 09:01 am.

        Mr Kantola: Remember that the Christmas Tree tradition can be traced back to the pagan Viking tradition off bringing greenery into the house and lighting extra candles to mark the Winter Solstice. I don’t know where the cops got the idea to decorate their tree with menthol cigarette packages and take-out chicken boxes — that seems pretty sick.

      • Submitted by Tom Anderson on 12/02/2018 - 10:51 pm.

        Funny you should ask. As a Catholic I’d like to think that I’m not contemptuous of faith, in fact, just yesterday I had a discussion with a Muslim co-worker (who faces East when he prays) about his prayer ritual which he happily explained to me. And I worked today (Sunday, my Sabbath). Please feel free to ask any more questions!

  5. Submitted by John Evans on 12/01/2018 - 07:54 pm.

    The officers and the precinct commander seem to think it’s funny to disdain the neighborhood they are charged with protecting. Yes, it’s a problem. And yes, it’s racial.

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