Saint Paul school board to discuss police contract next week

BY: - June 3, 2020

The Saint Paul school board will discuss its contract with the Saint Paul Police Department at a June 9 meeting, the district announced Wednesday, the day after the Minneapolis school board voted unanimously to terminate its contract with the Minneapolis Police Department. The Saint Paul Police Department provides seven school resource officers for the district, […]

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, […]

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 […]

St. Paul man charged with attempted murder of Minneapolis police officers

BY: - June 2, 2020

A St. Paul man was charged Tuesday with attempted murder, assault, armed riot and a weapons violation in connection with a Saturday night after-curfew encounter with police. Jaleel Kevin Stallings, 27, approached Minneapolis police officers conducting a patrol along East Lake Street on May 30 around 10:54 p.m., according to a criminal complaint, following what […]

Closed for the pandemic, opening during George Floyd protests

BY: - June 2, 2020

Gloria Morales is letting people know her hair salon is back in business with a sign in front of the shop reading “Salon Open.” But the message, written on a boarded up window, is dwarfed by the spray painted phrases surrounding it: “Que Viva La Revolución!!!” and “Long Live George Floyd.” Blocks of boarded up […]

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 […]