Criminal Justice & Policing

Sheriffs’ group disavows MPD criticism by one of its directors

BY: - December 3, 2021

The head of the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association distanced his organization from public comments made Wednesday by a member of his board of directors criticizing the Minneapolis Police Department.

State board plan would broaden its powers over police misconduct

BY: - December 1, 2021

The red-hot topic of police reform was vigorously debated Wednesday when opposing sides sparred over a plan that would allow the Minnesota police licensing board to revoke the licenses of cops who commit what would otherwise be crimes, even absent a criminal conviction.

Cities seek changes to disability pension laws as cops quit in droves

BY: - November 29, 2021

Calling the current situation “fiscally unsustainable,” Minnesota cities will seek help from the state in covering costs of the skyrocketing number of police officers retiring due to post-traumatic stress and seeking workers’ compensation benefits. The League of Minnesota Cities plans to push again in the next legislative session for a bill that would fully reimburse […]

Second Minneapolis officer disciplined for conduct during civil unrest

BY: - November 23, 2021

A second Minneapolis police officer has been disciplined since George Floyd was killed by police on May 25, 2020, this one for failing to report his use of force — hitting two people with marking rounds — three days after Floyd died.

Does Minneapolis need another police advisory board?

BY: - November 10, 2021

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey plans to unveil new boards made up of community leaders and experts to provide recommendations on policing and public safety, but some question the need when several have already been set up, only to fade away or be ignored. 

Surging catalytic converter thefts spur state crackdowns

BY: - November 8, 2021

If you start your car one morning and hear a loud roar when you hit the gas pedal, you might have been robbed. That disturbing sound could signal that a thief has cut out the catalytic converter, a device mounted near the tailpipe that changes environmentally hazardous engine exhaust into less harmful gases. The number […]

St. Paul man sues MPD after being acquitted of attempting to murder SWAT team

BY: - November 1, 2021

A St. Paul man who was acquitted of attempted murder and assault after shooting at a Minneapolis SWAT team — after it fired rubber bullets at him without warning from an unmarked van — has sued the city of Minneapolis and multiple police officers from sergeants to a commander.

Medaria Arradondo

While some city workers are warned against politics, police chief steps to the podium

BY: - October 28, 2021

City employees have been warned, chastised and the subject of ethics complaints for expressing political opinions. Minneapolis City Council members have been warned by the ethics officer, about publicly promoting or laying the groundwork for a new public safety department, meanwhile, members of the Charter Commission have been outspoken about their positions on the charter amendments on Tuesday’s ballot. And now, the council president has filed an ethics complaint against the police chief.

Mayor, chief quietly codified change to discipline policy in police manual

BY: - October 28, 2021

The Minneapolis Police Department police and procedure manual was quietly updated on New Year's Eve to remove a requirement that cops be disciplined for misconduct.

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.