Why is our constitutional guarantee of “checks and balances,” i.e. fairness also for the accused, too often absent in the county courthouses and city offices?
As interim chief, Arradondo’s job is to continue to lead the MPD until his term ends December 31, 2018. With the end near, there needs to be a signal from Mayor Jacob Frey, who is the appointing authority, as to whether there is to be continuity or the time-taking process and turmoil of seeking a new chief from applicants across the country.
The initial accounts by media and St. Paul officials left a lot to be desired. From my onsite visits and multiple phone calls since that Sunday, I learned that Hughes had a gun, which he shot from his home at the intruders and he then called 911.
One council member had the guts to force through a motion to allow the Public Safety & Emergency Committee to hold a public hearing and allow the community to speak their truth to this action. Chief Arradondo was never conferred with, which is one of the reasons, in this column, that I sounded the warning six months ago that Chief Arradondo was an intended target.
There has been much written and talked about regarding this tragedy. And then, as if nothing happened, silence has descended with the sentiment to “let’s just all move on.” How is that possible for his loved ones?
There is uneasy discomfort among observers of the political pressure and mixed signals surrounding the leadership of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) in general. And, in particular, whether Chief Medaria Arradondo will be appointed to the permanent rank of Chief of the MPD, beginning in January 2019.
Nearly four years ago, the ACLU found Blacks in Minneapolis were 11 times more likely than Whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar usage rates. As one observer said to the Star Tribune on this latest sting, “They are locking up all these Blacks. What about the White people who are doing it?”
The May 25 Minneapolis Star Tribune provided great detail regarding the “savage” May 22, 2018 beating of Mohammed Dukuly by 18-year-old Corey Burfield, which was caught on surveillance video.
Or is it 2003-2017 again: “Blacks need not apply”? For the past couple of weeks, residents in North Minneapolis, from Broadway to the north and as far down as Olson Memorial Highway, see preparations for significant construction. There have been no public meetings about it. Has there been any public input? We are reminded of the many […]
Five-year legal battle drawing to an end As this is written on April 2, 2018, it is 10 days prior to when the City of Minneapolis will meet in the Federal Court building with attorneys for the Terrance Franklin family for a settlement conference in the civil suit filed by the family regarding Terrance Franklin’s […]