Minneapolis Police Department terrorism video is unintentionally hilarious
A couple days ago, the Minneapolis Police Department released a video entitled, "How you can recognize the 8 indicators leading up to acts of crime and terrorism." The clip was produced using federal dollars and the help of a nonprofit called the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL).
A Minneapolis cop who looks to be Anderson Cooper reports a suspicious bag in the skyway.
As the name indicates, the video, narrated by Vikings receiver Greg Jennings and WCCO TV news anchor Amelia Santaniello, is meant to provide easily digestible information about terrorism prevention for everyday Minneapolitans in an at least somewhat watchable format. And while its release the week before thousands of out-of-towners arrive in town for the MLB All-Star Game might seem like more than a coincidence, MPD spokesman Scott Seroka says it mostly is.
"It's not like we have any credible-type threats," Seroka tell us, adding that the MPD didn't spend a cent on the project.
It's probably good that they didn't, because frankly, we find the whole thing to be more humorous than educational. But before we get into the reasons for that, watch for yourself:
Now that you're up to speed, here are some of the funniest things we saw (feel free to kick in your two cents in the comments):
-- One of the evil terrorists in the clip looks to be a Midwestern soccer mom --
Okay, we know the MPD and CELL wanted to stay miles away from allegations of racial profiling -- that's totally understandable. But really, judging by appearances, the woman in the hoodie could be the first person in human history to commit an atrocity immediately after leaving yoga class:
Her look certainly doesn't conjure up images of Osama, but in the video, the woman is seen nefariously photographing the IDS Center's Crystal Court, trying to sneakily glean information from a computer she shouldn't be looking at, and pumping strangers for intel. We're led to believe she's out to use all this to turn the Twin Cities into a fiery wasteland.
Then again, perhaps portraying a woman who looks like she could be a Bachmann staffer as a terrorist hints at one the main points the video intends to get across. As Tony Webster puts it, "Thank you Minneapolis PD, I now know that literally everyone is a terrorist."
And on a related note:
-- Everybody in the video is really suspicious of everybody else, all the time --
Just check out the look on this ultra-vigilant LRT passenger's face as he scours the train for potential terrorists:
In related news, the Twins recently became the first pro team in Minnesota to install metal detectors at all entry gates -- a policy that goes a considerable way toward making entering Target Field like trying to get through security at MSP.
It's enough to get you thinking along these lines:
"311? Yes, This is Hank Hill, taxpayer. There's a man taking photographs of the stadium with his cellular device."— Wheels (@panndder) July 8, 2014
(There's plenty more where this came from. Click to page two to check it out.)