Civil Rights

Michaels stores and Brooklyn Center police discriminated against Black teen, Human Rights Department finds

BY: - September 23, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced on Thursday that Michaels, the craft store chain, and the Brooklyn Center Police Department racially discriminated against a Black teenager who wanted to apply for a job and was instead roughly arrested without cause. “The facts of this case are both shocking and unsurprising. There was no reason […]

Advocates press for action in Congress on voting rights, despite grim outlook

BY: - September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Activists are ramping up the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to move on his chamber’s version of a voting rights bill, even though there’s no sign there will be enough Republican support to advance it. Alternatively, they’re pressing for an end to the filibuster, though there’s no indication there would be […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It […]

Immigration reform blocked from reconciliation bill in Congress, but Democrats vow to try again

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate parliamentarian has turned down a plan to include a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented people in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, a blow for Democrats and immigration advocacy groups when the decision was disclosed late Sunday. “We are deeply disappointed in this decision but the fight to provide […]

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 […]