Bad timing: Helicopter exercises rile Twin Cities same day Obama questions police militarization
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|A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building last night.|
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.
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:
massive helicopters flying low over downtown. Watch Commander thinks it's National Guard training, but he's been given no heads-up-- Tad Vezner (@SPnoir) August 19, 2014
OK confirmed: Homeland Security doing low altitude training until midnight with local law enforcement.-- Tad Vezner (@SPnoir) August 19, 2014
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.
Think they could've let the watch commander know, at least. Who were they trying to take by surprise?-- Tad Vezner (@SPnoir) August 19, 2014
(For more, including City Pages video of the choppers, click to page two.)