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Council Minneapolis

Minneapolis City Council Advances Plan to Wipe Out Police

Despite record-breaking crime spikes, the Minneapolis City Council is advancing a plan to give voters the authority to replace police.  This year, a new political committee called Yes 4 Minneapolis gathered signatures to put a question on the ballot whether to amend the city’s charter, Just the News reports.  The proposal asks voters if they…

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Grieves Minneapolis

Minneapolis Grieves for George Floyd

Minneapolis, Minn.—Last week, the trial of Derek Chauvin began in the Hennepin County Government Center.1 Twenty-nine years after the officers who beat Rodney King were acquitted.2 Twenty-one years after the officers who killed Amadou Diallo were acquitted.3 Less than a decade since the officer who killed Michael Brown wasn’t indicted.4 Less than a year since…

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Minneapolis use-of-force

Minneapolis use-of-force teacher: Officers not trained to utilize knee-on-neck restraints

A use-of-force instructor at the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) testified Tuesday that officers have never been trained to use the type of knee-on-neck restraint that Derek Chauvin employed against George Floyd.Driving the news: Johnny Mercil, a lieutenant who has worked in patrol and on the community response team, said that officers are trained to use…

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Minneapolis police

Minneapolis police chief: Kneeling on George Floyd’s Throat Violated Coverage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police chief testified Monday that now-fired Officer Derek Chauvin violated departmental policy — and went against “our principles and the values that we have” — in pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck and keeping him down after Floyd had stopped resisting and was in distress. Continuing to kneel on…

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immigrant Minneapolis

Minneapolis immigrant business owners weigh solidarity, hardship

Minneapolis Nearly all the wreckage along Lake Street has been hauled away. The fire-swept buildings have been torn down or repaired. The police station is empty, its entryway sealed with stacked concrete blocks like a street corner pharaoh’s tomb.The street, the focus of so much violence when protests raged through Minneapolis after George Floyd was…