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Community activist Al Flowers beaten by police
 
News Analysis 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

“I could feel every one of the blows — all 30 to 40 of them,” explains Al Flowers, longtime community organizer. Flowers was beaten by Minneapolis police who said they came to pick up his 16-year-old daughter because she was out of range of her electronic monitoring device. Police failed to pick up the daughter, but they did beat up and arrest the dad, Flowers, instead. Yes, police claimed to come to Flowers’ house at nearly 12 midnight on Friday, July 25, supposedly to pick up his daughter but did not take her into custody. In fact, the daughter was cleared of any wrongdoing by juvenile authorities on Monday. Continue Reading →

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‘Now is the time’ to diversify the MPD

 Veteran officers campaign to bring more women and people of color into the Mpls police force
 

By Isaac Peterson
Contributing Writer

 

It is no secret that historically the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and communities of color in Minneapolis has been tense, at best. Between brutality, shootings, racial profiling and other problems, the tension has led to the creation of a civilian review board, and even at one point, to federal mediation. Yet the tensions continue. Minneapolis police officer Eric Lukes, a 27-year veteran of the force, is attempting to put into place a long-term solution to improve relations: recruiting more people of color to be on the Minneapolis police force. To that end, with support from the Minneapolis NAACP, Minneapolis Urban League, and the Community Standards Initiative, the first of an undetermined number of events was held Saturday, April 19, at North High school to generate interest in the community to join the force. Continue Reading →

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What happened to Terence Franklin is inexcusable

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Wayne Nealis

Guest Commentator

 

I wish to applaud the Spokesman and the reporting and analysis of Ron Edwards in covering the killing of Terrance Franklin by Minneapolis police on May 10. I would not be sufficiently informed to write this letter without your persistent coverage. I live in a neighborhood adjacent to where Franklin died. I am writing to share a perspective on the police response and tactics in pursuing Franklin that I think needs to be part of Chief Janeé Harteau’s investigation, the county attorney’s and the Grand Jury’s deliberations. In addition to the many unanswered questions on what happened that day, we should ask why the police pursued Franklin in the first place. Continue Reading →

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Northsiders mingle with cops, firefighters at People’s BBQ

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

If only for a few hours, the city’s North Side and Minneapolis police recently worked together and had fun doing so. At least on that day, August 17, police officers walked among the mostly Black crowd and peacefully coexisted. Minneapolis police, along with Minneapolis firefighters and the Park Board members, held the “Battle of the Badges — The People’s BBQ,” a free food and entertainment event at North Commons Park. One officer later told the MSR that they ran out of food, but it appeared that everyone had fun. In light of recent tensions between the Black community and police, “I thought it was a great idea,” said KMOJ Morning Personality Shedrick Garrett, better known as Shed G. The station was among several local businesses and organizations that helped sponsor the four-hour outdoor event. Continue Reading →

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Mayor Rybak,et al prove cowardly ineffective — Is the political leadership’s goal to make Mpls. unfriendly toward Blacks?

 

 

Minneapolis political leaders prove once again that they see the Black community as fools. No one has been deceived by the weak apology and weak response by the mayor’s office and City Councilman Don Samuels to the misbehavior of Minneapolis police officers Thole and Powell in Green Bay recently. In fact, I suspect that the fact that the leadership confined their comments to what they hope would happen is evidence of their cowardice and maybe even complicity. Yes, complicity. At this hour in Minneapolis when it has become more than obvious that there is rogue force, or at least a culture in the Minneapolis police that believes it is above the law, what is needed is decisive leadership. Continue Reading →

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Mpls police killed T.T. Franklin for being Black — Racism, individual and institutional, is alive and well in our fair city

 

There was a lot of hatred directed at and rained down upon T.T. Franklin May 10 in that poorly lighted basement at 2717 Bryant Ave. South, away from prying eyes, enabling public safety to once again turn its back on transparently serving the people, enabling public safety officers to engage in another wrongful death as they savagely mutilated and shot to death a young man hiding from them, not burgling. Five SWAT members, all armed, in flak jackets, with a K-9 biting and chewing on T.T. Franklin, would have us believe that multiple shots and almost blowing his head apart was unavoidable as opposed to tasering him. How was that “protecting with courage”? Minneapolis pays millions in wrongful death awards, doesn’t sanction its killers, while institutions that claim they care stay silent. Continue Reading →

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Terrance Franklin’s death demands justice

 

 

The recent killing of Terrence Franklin by Minneapolis police by shooting him in the back of the head five times and in the back twice fits the pattern of police abuse of their powers. Those of us who have been around or haven’t been lulled to sleep by talk of color blindness in our society know in our hearts that on occasion the cops abuse Black people in general and people of color in specific. We don’t know exactly what happened in that South Minneapolis basement, but I do know that the story the cops slipped to the Minneapolis Star Tribune does not make sense. It’s one of the most contrived and imaginative of all the grand and tall tales cops have spun to try to make their crimes sound reasonable. In other words, they are lying! Continue Reading →

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Family suspects police cover-up in Terrance Franklin shooting

 
Uncle says ‘crazed individual’ profiled in media is not his nephew
 

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Something happened May 10 after he allegedly was earlier involved in a theft. Exactly what happened in the basement of that South Minneapolis house May 10, the day Terrance Franklin was shot and killed by Minneapolis police, remains a mystery to all but the police officers involved. Although the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) investigation is still ongoing, Franklin’s family still seeks answers to their questions nearly a month after his death. They question earlier police reports that say their son shot two MPD officers with a submachine gun. They also question the extent to which a racial element may have played a role in the man’s death. Continue Reading →

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Another child’s death spreads fear and dismay

When five-year-old Nizzel Anthony George’s mother laid him down to sleep Tuesday night, June 26, she assumed that her child, her “hero,” as she called him, would enjoy his sleep and have the pleasant dreams of a five-year-old child. Instead, a waking nightmare: “Shot in his sleep, North Side boy dies” (Star Tribune headline, June 26). The headline the next day: “Family angry, police anxious a day after boy’s fatal shooting.”

Minneapolis police say an ”ongoing dispute” between youth is behind the gunfire, with shots fired into another house two blocks away earlier that night. The family is understandably angry that the police “hinted” (Star Tribune’s word) that not only does the family know who did it, but they won’t tell, and there are others in the neighborhood who know but won’t tell. Mayor Rybak and Police Chief Dolan blame a lack of gun control laws. Continue Reading →

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