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Noor trial spotlights BCA’s treatment of police officers under investigation

Mohamed Noor
Jon Collins and Riham Feshir of MPR report, “It is standard practice for investigators to give police officers a few days to collect their thoughts, but Noor’s trial has brought greater scrutiny to that kind of deferential treatment toward police officers. It’s long been a concern about the BCA — the agency that typically oversees police shooting investigations in Minnesota. What agents have characterized as simple police courtesy is viewed by some as tacit support for the police by investigators charged with probing an officer’s potential wrongdoing.

The Star Tribune’s Libor Jany writes: “In open defiance of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, the union that represents the city’s roughly 900 rank-and-file police officers announced that it is partnering with a national police organization to offer free ‘warrior-style’ training for any officer who wants it. … The announcement comes in response to Frey’s ban of the popular training style, which he first revealed in his State of the City address last week. Frey said at the time that Minneapolis would become the first department in the country to eliminate ‘fear-based’ training.”

For the Pioneer Press, Dave Orrick tells us: “Minnesota House members revealed Wednesday whether they believe humans are causing climate change. It broke largely along party lines: 79 lawmakers, including all 75 Democrats, voted yes, and 50 Republicans voted no. Five Republicans did not vote. They voted on this sentence: ‘The legislature finds and declares that greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activities are a key cause of climate change.’ That was all it was. No money, no regulations.”

WCCO’s Pat Kessler reports: “Fort Snelling sits at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, which the Dakota people called ‘Bdote.’ But visitor signs at the fort using the word ‘Bdote’ have some lawmakers upset. ‘I do not agree with what the [Minnesota Historical Society] is engaged in doing, and I believe it to be revisionist history,’ said Sen. Scott Newman, (R) Hutchinson. … The Senate Finance Committee is using the history snit to cut the historical society’s budget by $4 million a year — an 18% cut that could mean 80 layoffs and the closure of popular sites. Democrats say it reeks of retribution.”

For the Forum News Service, Don Davis reports, “‘We are statistically insignificant.’ That is why little attention is paid to what many describe as an epidemic of murdered and missing American Indian women. ‘Native women are invisible at best and disposable at worst,’ Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, a member of northwestern Minnesota’s White Earth Nation, said Tuesday at a state Capitol meeting about missing and murdered American Indians. American Indians are a small percentage of the overall population, Flanagan said, making it easy for some people to ignore the issue.”

For the Star Tribune, Adam Belz says, “Public enemy No. 1 for corn and soybean farmers, the Palmer amaranth weed, has made new incursions into Minnesota by way of livestock feed, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture says. Cows have eaten remnants of the weed in feed, then eliminated it in manure that farmers spread on fields. This is bad news for corn and soybean farmers, since the weed grows and proliferates so quickly, and because it is resistant to multiple herbicides.”

At Gizmodo, Tom McKay writes, “Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn wants to reopen negotiations with Wisconsin officials over its heavily subsidized, troubled plans to build a massive facility in the state, CNBC reported on Tuesday, though the exact nature of what is up for discussion is not clear. … Numerous projects announced in the state appear to have stalled out—the Verge recently reported that some Foxconn-run projects appear to be empty or understaffed, while other buildings were never actually purchased, and there did not seem to be any plan for making good on promised investments.”

Tim Pugmire of MPR says, “A tax plan released Wednesday by Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate not only avoids tax increases but provides tax cuts totaling $800 million, according to Sen. Roger Chamberlain, a Republican from Lino Lakes, who chairs the taxes committee. … The Senate bill reduces the second-tier income tax rate by a quarter of 1 percent. For married couples filing jointly, the second tier covers annual taxable income from about $39,000 to $154,000. For a single filer, it would be income between about $26,500 and $87,000. It would be the first income tax rate cut in nearly two decades.”

This from the AP: “A north Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty in connection with what federal authorities believe to be the largest single methamphetamine bust in Minnesota history. Federal prosecutors say 34-year-old Fernando Ramos-Meza pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to distribute about 191 pounds of meth. Ramos-Meza and three other suspects were indicted in November.”

Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 04/25/2019 - 07:46 am.

    RE: GOP tax cuts. I know that cutting taxes is Republican religious dogma, but a follow-up story would serve readers well if it included some relevant numbers. The $800 million mentioned is about half the state’s surplus this time around. What do Republicans want to cut from the budget to compensate for that loss of revenue?

  2. Submitted by Paul Yochim on 04/25/2019 - 08:42 am.

    Warrior style training? Did Noor have it? Does that mean police view the public as potential enemy combatants? I think we saw that with the prank phone call in Kansas City that ended up with an innocent man dead. It’s no wonder that trust in police by law abiding citizens is at an all time low.

    • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 04/25/2019 - 08:55 am.

      “Does that mean police view the public as potential enemy combatants?”

      You hit the nail square on the head with that one. It’s an “us versus them” mentality that doesn’t allow any room for mutual trust or understanding.

      The fact that most Minneapolis police officers live outside the city doesn’t help any, either.

      • Submitted by Paul Yochim on 04/25/2019 - 09:18 am.

        I think it is important to keep in mind that “law enforcement” is just that. Police are there to enforce laws. I don’t believe in the “protect and serve” notion. Too many adverse incidents especially involving minorities.

    • Submitted by Henk Tobias on 04/25/2019 - 10:24 am.

      Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who shot Philandro Castile, who had a small child in the back seat, attended “BulletProof Warrior Training”.

  3. Submitted by lisa miller on 04/25/2019 - 10:02 am.

    That law was written given that after a traumatic event, many people in general don’t remember details. It was allowed to give cops a few days to calm and given it could affect their job, meet with their lawyer. I don’t think living outside of the city matters much as I recall a time when many did live in the city and it didn’t seem to make a difference. The us vs them is an issue. Noor had the same training as others, I question 2 young cops together as well as the need for more simulated training. It’s not uncommon to change testimony or to understand questions differently, that does not necessarily mean a conspiracy.

    • Submitted by James Hamilton on 04/25/2019 - 10:44 am.

      I don’t believe this practice is the result of a law. The article simply refers to it as a practice of the BCA.

      I noted this practice at the time as one of police privilege. No civilian murder suspect receives a comparable “courtesy” or concession of any kind due to trauma. To the contrary, law enforcement often will exploit that trauma in order to obtain information from those who waive their right to an attorney.

      At bottom, the practice is predicated on a presumption of innocence on the part of investigators, quite the reverse of the practice with other suspects.

    • Submitted by Pat Terry on 04/25/2019 - 10:58 am.

      That’s completely wrong. The most accurate statements are those taken immediately. Giving them a few days just gives the cops an opportunity to lie, which is exactly what happened here.

      These are not cops. These a criminals with badges and guns. The Minneapolis police department is a cesspool.

  4. Submitted by Pat Terry on 04/25/2019 - 11:00 am.

    Hopefully Frey won’t back down. Cops who have gone through this training need to be de-programmed and removed from leadership positions.

  5. Submitted by Cynthia Ahlgren on 04/25/2019 - 01:35 pm.

    Yes, Jeronimo Yanez attended a “Bulletproof Warrior” training seminar in Illinois, along with others in his police department. This warrior training was devised by ex-military and brings a war-zone mentality to our neighborhoods. Along with being dangerous and exceedingly destructive of our communities, it must be lucrative. There are other franchises in addition to Bulletproof Warriors which travel the country, putting on hundreds of seminars a year. Who pays to send officers to such camps? Is our tax money being spent in this way? Are there private sources of “scholarships” for this? If so, who funds them? Who is promoting and benefiting from this paramilitary expansion? Public police officers should receive publicly certified and approved training, not shadowy, privately sponsored, paramilitary training. I commend Mayor Frey for taking a stand against this.

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