Civil Rights

This neighborhood hero used to dance with George Floyd and now she’s making everyone free pupusas

BY: - June 4, 2020

Cesia Abigail Baires remembers that George Floyd loved to dance.  She spent every Sunday at Conga Latin Bistro in Minneapolis where Floyd — “Big Floyd” as she and other friends called him — worked as a bouncer.  “Whenever he had a little chance when he heard some Spanish music playing, we’d just started dancing,” Baires said. […]

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The twin crises of the pandemic and unrest should push us to reform our criminal justice system

BY: - June 4, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has made criminal justice reform one of his signature issues, arguing that the state was once a progressive trailblazer in crime and justice but is now a laggard.  Our prison population has continued to rise while other states decarcerated. Our criminal justice system has some of the worst racial disparities in […]

Ellison elevates murder charge for Chauvin, charges 3 other officers in George Floyd death

BY: and - June 3, 2020

Attorney General Keith Ellison elevated charges against former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, formally accusing him of second-degree murder after he kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Ellison also filed charges against the other three officers present when Floyd died. “I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge,” […]

Protester lawsuit filed against Minneapolis Police seeks class action status

BY: - June 3, 2020

A St. Paul woman filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Minneapolis Tuesday alleging civil rights violations in connection with the protests following a video showing a white Minneapolis Police officer — since fired — with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed and handcuffed Black man, killing him. Annette Williams, […]

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Seven reforms needed now to loosen the grip of the Minneapolis Police Federation on the city it is holding hostage

BY: - June 3, 2020

With one of his members charged with the murder of George Floyd while three others are investigated for callously watching, president of the Minneapolis Police union Bob Kroll finally broke his silence — without breaking character. In a letter to members, Kroll justifies the killing, vows to fight for the jobs of the man indicted […]

ACLU of Minnesota files class action lawsuit against state, local police, alleging journalists were targeted

BY: - June 3, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of journalists, alleging Minneapolis and several city and state police officials deliberately targeted media during recent protests.  The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in federal court, follows a wave of incidents in which journalists were arrested and hit with various projectiles […]

Photos: Thousands gather for sit-in at the state Capitol

BY: - June 2, 2020

Thousands of Minnesotans gathered at the Capitol Tuesday under an unusually hot June sun for a student-led sit-in to protest against police for the death of George Floyd. The demonstration was organized to raise awareness of the policing of Black communities and as a tribute to the sit-ins of the civil rights era. The crowd […]

Minneapolis residents commandeered a hotel for homeless

BY: - June 2, 2020

Abu Bakr arrived at the former Sheraton hotel in south Minneapolis on Saturday after learning the community had taken it over for people who had nowhere else to go. Bakr had been living in his car for most of the past year but it was lit on fire amid the riots and protests that have […]

Minnesota Department of Human Rights to launch civil rights investigation of Minneapolis Police

BY: - June 2, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights on Tuesday filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department, launching an unprecedented investigation of the state’s largest police force for systemic discrimination against people of color.  “Minnesotans, you can expect our administration (to) use every tool at our disposal to try and deconstruct systemic racism that […]

Tanker truck’s last delivery before near miss was to a Black owned south side gas station, whose owner is sticking up for the driver

BY: - June 2, 2020

When Lonnie McQuirter saw a video of a tanker truck driving through protestors on 35W Sunday, he recognized it as the one that had just delivered to his south Minneapolis gas station. “Immediately, my heart sank,” said McQuirter, whose service station is something of a south Minneapolis institution. McQuirter wanted to make sure he had […]

The place where George Floyd was killed is hallowed ground

BY: - June 1, 2020

As protests, looting and fires have swept across Minneapolis and cities across the country the past five days, the one place untouched by rioting is the place that set them off: 38th Street and Chicago Avenue. The intersection is blocked off with a circle of flowers, where a week before George Floyd, an unarmed Black […]

Police union president Bob Kroll blasts Walz, defends officers tied to George Floyd killing

BY: - June 1, 2020

Controversial Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll broke his week-long silence on the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers he represents, pledging to fight for their jobs and rebuking the leadership of Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.  He also wrote in a letter to the roughly 800 members of […]