POLICE SHOOTING-MINNEAPOLIS-WARRANTS Minneapolis revises policy on warrants after Locke murder
Minneapolis revises warrant policy after Locke murder
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city is changing its search warrant policy following the police shooting of a black man in a downtown apartment so that officers must knock and wait a certain amount of time before entering a residence. Police should wait 20 seconds before entering a residence when executing a daytime warrant and 30 seconds for night searches. No-knock warrants would be prohibited except in the most extreme circumstances, such as a hostage-taking. The new policy would also include regular civilian review of search video and public disclosure of warrant data. The city’s warrant policy came under scrutiny after a SWAT team shot and killed 22-year-old Amir Locke in early February.
SOUTHWEST LIGHT RAIL
Minnesota Senate unanimously approves light rail audit
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted unanimously to approve an audit of a more than $2 billion light rail project that has been marred by delays and cost overruns. The bill provides $200,000 to the Legislative Auditor’s office to conduct a special examination of the Southwest Light Rail Transit project. The project is shaping up to be one of the costliest public works projects in state history. The 14.5-mile Green Line extension is now estimated to be ready for passengers by 2027 at a cost of $2.75 billion, hundreds of millions more and four years later than originally planned.
MINNEAPOLIS POLICE STAFF
Court: Minneapolis doesn’t have to meet police minimum
MINNEAPOLIS, AP — The Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that found Minneapolis violated its city charter by failing to keep police numbers above a minimum. The appeals court said Monday that the city charter clearly requires the city council to fund a minimum number of officers, but does not require the mayor to employ them permanently. The Star Tribune reports that the ruling overturns a court victory last year in a lawsuit brought by several north Minneapolis residents who said the city was failing to provide adequate policing. Attorney Douglas Seaton, whose Upper Midwest Law Center represents the suing group, said the citizens will appear in state Supreme Court.
Carnahan enters race for husband Hagedorn’s seat in Congress
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan is racing to replace her late husband Jim Hagedorn in Congress. Carnahan made his announcement on Monday. Carnahan says she is committed to continuing her late husband’s legacy of fighting to secure the border, uphold conservative values and safeguard the integrity of elections. Carnahan joins a crowded field that already included at least eight other Republicans, six Democrats and a candidate from the Legal Marijuana Now party as early as Monday morning. Closing of deposits Tuesday for the special primary of May 24. The special election to fill the seat will be held on August 9.
DEPUTY SHOOTING-MAHNOMEN COUNTY
Officials: Mahnomen County shooting involves deputy
NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. (AP) — State officials are investigating a shooting involving a sheriff’s deputy in northwest Minnesota. The Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was hospitalized after sustaining a gunshot wound early Sunday morning. Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy tried to pull a traffic stop around 1:30 a.m., which led to a chase. According to a sheriff’s statement, the chase ended when the woman’s vehicle drove into a ditch in Naytahwaush. The sheriff’s office went on to say that “shots were fired” after the vehicle came to a stop and a woman inside the vehicle sustained gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a hospital in the Fargo, North Dakota area, where his condition is unknown.
DAUNTE WRIGHT MEMORIAL
Daunte Wright’s family are reluctant to want to demolish the memorial
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Plans to demolish a memorial at the suburban Minneapolis intersection where Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer are on hold after his family complained. Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, said she, her husband and the family’s attorney will meet with Brooklyn Center officials on Tuesday. She told the Star Tribune that the memorial “doesn’t hurt anyone but it will hurt a lot of people by destroying it”. Daunte Wright was killed on April 11 after Brooklyn Center officers arrested the 20-year-old black man for having expired license tags and an air freshener hanging from his rear view mirror. Kim Potter said she mistook her handgun for her Taser when she shot Wright She was sentenced last month to two years in prison.
TENDER DULUTH BUOY
Coastguard Spar heads for a new home in Duluth
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Spar Cutter is steaming from Baltimore to its new homeport in Duluth. Crew duties will include maintenance of navigational aids, inland icebreaking, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The Spar was commissioned in 2001 and originally based in Kodiak, Alaska. The 225ft buoy tender left in 2020 for the Coast Guard yard to undergo maintenance. Coast Guard Cutter Alder departed Duluth for Baltimore in mid-June 2021 and is expected to move to her new homeport of San Francisco this summer. The Spar will cross the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes to Duluth.
JUVENILE MURDER CHARGE
14-year-old Duluth boy held over death of family member
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A 14-year-old Duluth boy is in custody in connection with the death of a 19-year-old family member. Duluth police say officers responded to a medical call and found a 19-year-old woman injured and unconscious. Officers apprehended the boy after he was “determined to be involved”. He is being held on suspicion of second degree murder pending formal charges. Officers had gone to the same address earlier on Friday. They had responded to a call of a disorder, and an adult male member of the same family was allegedly assaulted. Police determined there was no assault and left the scene.
The Associated Press