Confederate flag-flying official acquitted; attorney calls charges "stack of bullshit"

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Ed Hansen
Flying a Confederate flag is one thing. Being a criminal is another.
Yesterday, a Dakota County jury acquitted former West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen of the "misconduct of a public officer or employee" and disorderly conduct.

THE BACKSTORY: Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble

But according to his attorney, Nathan Hansen (the two aren't related), Ed's acquittal isn't the real story. Instead, the interesting thing is that such ridiculous charges were brought against him in the first place.

Almost two years ago, we told you about Ed, the conservative City Council member who, much to the chagrin of his neighbors, fellow councilors, and African-Americans everywhere, flew the stars and bars outside his house (check out the link above for the backstory).

Hansen owns the Rocco's Pizza in Little Canada, and after news of his Confederate flag-flying ways broke, Rocco's president contacted us to express his displeasure about Hansen's antics. Things went from bad to worse for Hansen when, later in 2012, Dakota County officials brought the aforementioned charges against him.

The disorderly charge stemmed from a November 23, 2011 incident, Hansen, upset about a redevelopment project occurring at a residential property adjacent to his home, berated a contractor working on the site.

"Hansen approached and said 'what the f*** are you doing?'" the complaint says. "Hansen began yelling at the contractor that he did not want this house to be built, and that Hansen was not going to allow the house to be built."

"The contractor reported that Hansen was ranting and raving, and most of Hansen's statements began with some variation of the word 'f***,'" it continues.

The misconduct charge pertains to a similar incident that took place months later. On June 8, 2012, a real estate agent showing the house reported that Hansen entered the home and falsely told a potential buyer "anyone buying the property would have to trespass on [my] property to get to this property."

Told by the potential buyer that they planned to turn the property into residential rentals, Hansen allegedly "told the buyer in an irate, raised voice that he was a 'City Councilman for West Saint Paul' and that he would 'make sure he would never get a rental permit,'" the complaint continues. "The potential buyer reported that the confrontation with Hansen inside the house made the potential buyer feel physically threatened."

The listing agent elected to temporarily pull the property from the market after being told of Hansen's alleged antics, the complaint says.

Asked about those charges following Hansen's acquittal, his attorney, Nathan Hansen, characterized them as "a whole stack of bullshit."

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18 comments
ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez topcommenter

"He was sick of people having it out for him." I really really, really  feel sorry for this guy. He has done nothing to deserve this kind of treatment. He is truly the victim in this situati on. He was just minding his own business and not being an A-hole. Why can't we all just get along?

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

It does sound like a spat on the city council got nasty here and people resorted to using their authority for a bunch of petty BS. How else can you explain being charged for a confederate flag? lol Distasteful yes, a crime, hell no. 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Nasty douchebaggery alone isn't a crime, but such behavior is often a gateway to outright criminal incidents.  It should be considered in one's selection of a pizza place to patronize, and it should lead to your being deselected for any public office.

Now, if his Confederate sympathies lead to intimidating behavior, that's a crime.  If he trespasses to berate people building a house on their property with proper permits, that's a crime.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

Too bad being a first-rate asshole isn't at least a petty misdemeanor.

David Kay
David Kay

I'm sorry, this story is not about the confederate flag. This is much worse.

Andrew Sass
Andrew Sass

At least the attorney is up on his references. Hey, did you guys hear that the Gin Blossoms are coming through? And you'll never guess who's opening...that's right...Dandelion.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

we've been stockpiling asshats for years now, just in case of a divergency.

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

An elected official flying a confederate flag you say?? He must've not liked his job a whole lot. Almost as bad as the Dixie flag bumper sticker right next to the "support our troops" sticker. America just has more dumb shits & ass hats than I thought I guess.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Why is the Confederate Flag okay but the Nazi Swastika isn't?

nathanmhansen
nathanmhansen

@atrupar Judges who refused to dismiss Ed Hansen charges: Simonett, Asphaug, Spicer & MacDonald.

Bob B Bopp
Bob B Bopp

A conservative with anger problems siding with the losing side. Hmm.

Jason Koffman
Jason Koffman

So many typos here that it's painful to look at. Even the City Pages can't read over what they write.

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

This puke was an elected official flying the flag of the South, of oppression and slavery. What an example of total douchery. Do these fucks in MN realize that we WON that fucking war, and that MN suffered greatly in the battles against the South. What is bullshit is anyone sticking up for this pile of excrement.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I'm glad this guy is back in the news.  Minnesota fought against the Confederates.  Anyone in Minnesota that flies that flag is dishonoring the brave soldiers who died saving the USA.  The Confederacy is a disgrace, there is nothing noble or heroic about fighting for the right to keep human beings as property.   Ed Hansen should be run out of town for spitting on the graves of Minnesotans who fought and died for what is right.  Ed wants to be a stupid racist stuck in the past he should move to Alabama. Minnesota is a Union state and we were fighting evil.  Don't be like conservative Republican Ed Hansen, honor the brave soldiers of Minnesota who for fought for freedom and what is right.  

nathanmhansen
nathanmhansen

@atrupar The Dakota county Judges should have dismissed the charges, 4 Judges had 5 chances to do so and they refused.

no_brainer
no_brainer

Native Americans could probably ask you the same thing about the American flag... 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@nathanmhansen He probably had a crappy lawyer.   If I was a judge and a case was borderline I wouldn't want to give the benefit of the doubt to the famous racist and his whiny lawyer.  

PowderBurns
PowderBurns

Hey are you B*tch-slapping his lawyer fight to his online face?

Nice!

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