Civil Rights

Petition drive organizers vow to fight on after judge throws out ballot

BY: - September 15, 2021

Supporters of a Minneapolis charter amendment that they say would transform public safety say they will take their fight to the Minnesota Supreme Court to make sure voters can decide the issue this year.

Revised Klobuchar voting rights bill rolled out in U.S. Senate

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a revamped voting rights bill that would expand voter registration as well as create nonpartisan redistricting committees, but the measure is still likely to face an uphill battle in an evenly divided Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he will bring the legislation to the floor of […]

Prosecutors did not disclose evidence of MPD officers’ past discipline

BY: - September 13, 2021

The defense attorney for Jaleel Stallings said he was not given any disciplinary records of the officers involved in shooting less-lethal rubber bullets at citizens five days after George Floyd’s police killing. 

Bodycam video: MPD beat Jaleel Stallings after he fired on officers in self defense

BY: - September 2, 2021

Contains graphic video. The Reformer has obtained four body camera videos from an incident at 14th Avenue and Lake Street in which a St. Paul man shot at a Minneapolis SWAT team after they fired “less lethal” rubber bullets at him from an unmarked van while he stood in a parking lot. The incident, which […]

Jaleel Stallings shot at the MPD; a jury acquitted him of wrongdoing

BY: - September 1, 2021

Before the white, unmarked cargo van of the Minneapolis Police Department drove down Lake Street, an officer gave Sgt. Andrew Bittell his orders: “Drive down Lake Street. You see a group, call it out. OK great! F*** ’em up, gas ’em, f*** ’em up.” Bittell turned to his SWAT unit in the van and said, […]

Will Cooley Q&A: What the Murderapolis years can teach us about today’s rise in violent crime

BY: - August 30, 2021

Memorials of the so-called Murderapolis years when violent crime hit its 1990s era peak are scattered across the city. In the courtyard outside the Hennepin County Government Center stands “Phoenix Rising,” an abstract sculpture made in 1996 from melted guns. Several blocks away is an unassuming red-brick building, the Jerry Haaf Memorial Parking Ramp, named […]

Attorney General sues mobile home park owner over squalid conditions, illegal fees

BY: - August 27, 2021

Attorney General Keith Ellison is suing a mobile home park owner in Marshall for failing to maintain the property and illegal billing. The roads in the Broadmoor Valley mobile home park are so bad that school buses stopped entering six years ago, according to Ellison’s lawsuit. Kids have to walk half a mile and wait […]


Lindell’s dangerous fellow travelers among Minnesota GOP elected officials — Column

BY: - August 26, 2021

Jennifer Carnahan’s spectacular implosion as chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota is not even the most concerning recent event for Republicans or — more importantly — the rest of us.  Yes, her close ties to indicted donor and party operative Anton Lazzaro — followed by a cascade of stories of her bullying behavior — are […]

Judge won’t force Minnesota State Fair to let visitors bring guns as lawsuit proceeds

BY: - August 25, 2021

A Minnesota judge will not immediately force the Minnesota State Fair to let permitted gun owners carry firearms inside the fairgrounds, noting that a lawsuit challenging the ban is unlikely to prevail but can proceed. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, Minnesota District Court Judge Laura Nelson denied a motion for a temporary injunction filed […]

2,000 rally against Line 3 at state Capitol

BY: - August 25, 2021

About 2,000 people gathered outside the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon to protest Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline, calling on Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden to block the nearly completed project. Led by Indigenous people and environmental advocates — many of whom have been fighting the project since Enbridge submitted its first permit applications in […]

Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

BY: - August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic lawmakers are pushing federal agencies to provide support for survivors of and communities affected by American Indian boarding school policies, the decades-long practice of forcibly sending Native American children to faraway boarding schools that rejected their tribal cultures. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, sent a request this month […]

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September

BY: - August 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate floor for a vote when the chamber returns from recess next month. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday that the Senate will take up a compromise version of the voting and elections bill, S.1, […]