Criminal Justice & Policing

GOP lawmaker opposes ban on no-knock warrants: ‘There are times when you have to use extreme measures’

BY: - February 7, 2022

The chair of a powerful Senate committee with jurisdiction over no-knock warrants said he was wary of pursuing new restrictions on their use, rebuffing calls by Democratic lawmakers to take action after Minneapolis police last week killed Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man, in a pre-dawn raid. State Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, told reporters […]

2 SWAT team members involved in Jaleel Stallings case were part of Locke raid

BY: - February 4, 2022

Two of the officers on a SWAT team that was caught on body camera video firing at citizens without warning from an unmarked cargo van just days after George Floyd’s police killing were involved in the raid that led to Amir Locke’s police killing Wednesday morning.

Amir Locke’s parents vow to get justice for their son killed by police executing no-knock warrant

BY: - February 4, 2022

The parents of Amir Locke, 22-year-old Black man killed by Minneapolis police on Wednesday, say he was a caring person who enjoyed learning and wanted to change the world through helping youth. Locke’s parents — Andre Locke and Karen Wells — spoke publicly about their son for the first time during a news conference on […]

Minneapolis releases body cam footage of Amir Locke killing

BY: - February 3, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released a 55-second snippet of body camera footage on Thursday night showing the police killing of Amir Locke, a 22-year-old Black man. The video is edited to first play in slow motion, showing an event that lasted less than 10 seconds. It begins with a Minneapolis SWAT team opening an apartment […]

Senate GOP outlines $65 million plan for tuition, scholarship and bonus plan for police

BY: - February 3, 2022

Senate Republicans on Thursday said they plan to offer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and recruitment bonuses to help bolster law enforcement as a profession, unveiling a $65 million proposal just days into the 2022 legislative session. Republican lawmakers have made addressing public safety and rising violent crime in the Twin Cities their top legislative priority. “The […]

Minneapolis police officer shoots and kills man in early morning raid

BY: and - February 2, 2022

A Minneapolis police officer shot and killed an armed Black man in a downtown apartment on Wednesday morning while executing a search warrant in connection with a St. Paul homicide investigation. 

Lowry Hill residents pass the hat to pay for extra police patrols

BY: - February 1, 2022

An upscale Minneapolis neighborhood, Lowry Hill, will pay the city $210,000 to do additional police patrols, on the heels of one of the most violent years in the city’s history.

Member of Minneapolis mayor’s police reform work group quits over transparency concerns

BY: - January 31, 2022

A member of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s policing and public safety work group has resigned because the group plans to keep its meetings private. Former mayoral candidate Sheila Nezhad resigned, saying the board isn't being transparent enough.

Medaria Arradondo

Minneapolis mayor disciplined former police chief Medaria Arradondo for using city resources to oppose public safety proposal

BY: - January 27, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey reprimanded former Police Chief Medaria Arradondo late last month for holding a press conference to oppose a public safety ballot question just days before the November election where the fate of the embattled police department was on the line.

Investigation into ‘Storm the Capitol’ rally was closed within a week

BY: - January 27, 2022

Last year, the speaker of the Minnesota House promised a broad investigation into a rally at the Capitol in St. Paul where pro-Trump activists lodged violent rhetoric and alleged widespread voter fraud.  But the investigation called for by House Speaker Melissa Hortman petered out within a week, public documents show.

House Speaker Hortman: Hennepin County Sheriff Hutchinson should resign

BY: - January 26, 2022

House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, said Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson should resign. “His conduct constituted an egregious violation of the public trust, and I don’t think he can be effective as the chief law enforcement officer of Hennepin County under these circumstances,” Hortman said Wednesday in an interview with the Reformer. “He should […]

Senate GOP legislative agenda: Get tougher on crime and cut state taxes

BY: - January 26, 2022

Senate Republicans on Wednesday outlined a broad vision for how they would address rising violent crime, spend the $7.7 billion projected surplus and educate children they say have had their learning disrupted by the pandemic.  “We know crime rates are up, kids are falling behind and record inflation is eating away at family budgets,” said […]