Bad timing: Helicopter exercises rile Twin Cities same day Obama questions police militarization

Categories: Military, Police
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A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building last night.
:::: UPDATE :::: MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

Last night, people in Minneapolis and St. Paul were surprised and scared to see and hear helicopters flying at low altitudes above them.

Folks took to the interwebs to wonder, what the hell is going on? The intrigue was especially thick because local authorities had given no advance warning about whatever was taking place.

See also:
Downtown Minneapolis invaded by Black Hawk helicopters [PHOTOS]

First off, here are some clips of the scene above downtown Minneapolis:

And here's the blow-by-blow of how Pioneer Press night reporter Tad Vezner figured out what in God's name was going on: The timing of the Homeland Security-local law enforcement drills couldn't have been much worse in light of the questions Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, has raised about the militarization of American police forces.

(For more, including City Pages video of the choppers, click to page two.)

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