Criminal Justice + Policing

St. Paul police chief Axtell to step down in June

BY: - October 27, 2021

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced Wednesday he will step down in June after 32 years with the department and 5.5 years as chief, rather than seek a second six-year appointment. 

Minneapolis’ human resources office tells police they won’t be fired if Question 2 passes

BY: - October 26, 2021

The city of Minneapolis sent an email to police staff on Monday assuring them they will not be fired upon passage of Question 2, which is the ballot initiative that would replace the police department with a new department of public safety. Minneapolis residents — with the entire country looking on in the wake of […]

Sen. Mark Koran

While praising accused Jan. 6 rioters, Koran blasts acquitted man

BY: - October 26, 2021

State Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, recently drew criticism for urging people to donate to a legal defense fund for accused Jan. 6 rioters, calling the Westburys of Lindstrom “a good family.”  Koran was less generous in a recent appraisal of Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul man who was recently acquitted of eight charges in connection with his shooting at a Minneapolis SWAT team.

$2.85 million in Minneapolis workers comp claims approved, most to police

BY: - October 22, 2021

Another $2.85 million worth of workers’ compensation settlements were approved  by a Minneapolis City Council committee this week. 

Minneapolis cop says officers have taken ‘hands-off’ approach to crime fighting

BY: - October 20, 2021

A Minneapolis police officer acknowledged to a local Indigenous leader during a videotaped conversation that he and fellow officers have taken a “hands-off” approach to crime control, including out-in-the-open drug dealing. 

Minneapolis Police Chief: ‘These numbers are sobering, they’re unconscionable’

BY: - October 20, 2021

Just weeks before Minneapolis voters will decide on the future of the police department and its current leader Medaria Arradondo, the top cop told the City Council that the crime situation is dire. 

Minneapolis police overtime explodes due to staffing shortage

BY: - October 18, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department has spent about $3 million on overtime this year, with about half due to a staffing shortage, the department’s finance director said Monday.

2 cops in Stallings videos are getting disability pensions

BY: - October 14, 2021

Two of the Minneapolis police officers under scrutiny for their handling of protesters in the days after George Floyd’ killing have taken “duty disability retirement.”

Minneapolis Police Department down 300 officers from spring 2020

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department’s staff has dwindled to 588 officers, a decline of roughly 300 from the time of George Floyd’s murder, the Star Tribune reported. Police departments across the country are having trouble retaining and recruiting staff, leaving many with officer shortages. The New York Times reported in June that retirements were up 45% […]