Janeé Harteau Compensates for Cancellation by Meeting Privately with Hand-Picked Advisers

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Chief Harteau speaks at the Minneapolis Woman's Club this past summer.
Last week, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau pulled out of a town-hall style event, citing "known threats" of "planned physical disruptions" if she attended.

Harteau's decision prompted criticism, which she's addressing by scheduling another meeting -- a private one with the cop-dominated Citizens Advisory Council, whose membership she personally selects.

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Burnsville Police Chief Explains How Cop Cams Resolve Misconduct Disputes

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A Burnsville officer wearing a head-mounted camera.
As Minneapolis officials prepare to green-light a pilot cop camera program tomorrow, we called Burnsville Police Chief Eric Gieseke to learn about how his department -- which was one of, if not the first in the state to adopt a cop cam program back in 2010 -- has been impacted by them.

Gieseke cited two examples of how cop cameras have helped investigators quickly resolve allegations of officer misconduct.

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Police Body Cams: Minneapolis Cop Union has Concerns, but Doesn't Fundamentally Object

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Delmonico (left) thinks wearing body cams could ultimately pay dividends for Minneapolis cops.
With city officials gearing up to roll out the city's first police body cam pilot program, we touched base with John Delmonico, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, to get his take on the move.

As you'd expect, Delmonico has some concerns, but he tells us he isn't fundamentally opposed to the city moving forward with a cop camera program.

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St. Paul Police Release Chris Lollie Arrest Surveillance Footage

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Lollie (in red hat), confronted by three officers, including one wielding a taser.
Yesterday, the St. Paul Police department released two surveillance videos of Chris Lollie's rough arrest in the First National Bank Building skyway.

Though the videos show what you'd expect them to show in light of Lollie's cell phone footage, the St. Paul cop union took to Facebook to argue they "show that the officers involved handled the situation professionally and in accordance with their training."

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Mpls public safety chair Blong Yang says he knew nothing about military exercises

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A helicopter hovers over the Minneapolis Federal Reserve building on August 18.
:::: UPDATE (September 11) :::: Due to lack of quorum at yesterday's meeting, the public safety hearing has been rescheduled for September 27.

Tomorrow, the Minneapolis City Council public safety committee will hold a hearing on the loud, scary military training exercises that took place over Minneapolis a few nights in a row last month.

Ahead of that meeting, we asked public safety committee chair Blong Yang what he knew about the military exercises before helicopters were flying overhead. He tells us he wasn't kept in the loop at all.

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Chris Lollie's arrest symptomatic of racist justice system, ACLU director argues

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Lollie also certainly wouldn't have been forced to pose for this mugshot if he wasn't black, Chuck Samuelson argues.
For ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson, the most likely explanation for the way Chris Lollie was treated by St. Paul law enforcement -- including his rough arrest and the charges he was subsequently hit with  -- is skin deep.

"The justice system is slanted against African American males, and this is a perfect example," Samuelson told us during a recent interview.

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Here's footage of the end of a 4-hour police standoff in Roseville

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The incident occurred at a home near the intersection of Rice Street and County Road B.
Talk about a coincidence.

Yesterday, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was returning home from the University of Minnesota, where he'd been talking to students about volunteering for an anti-police brutality group, when he noticed a heavy police presence at a house about a mile down the street, just across the border in Roseville.

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Minneapolis set to introduce police body cam pilot program this fall

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A body-cam wearing police officer.

Minneapolis officials are on the cusp of rolling out the city's first police body camera program.

Kate Brickman, spokesperson for Mayor Betsy Hodges, tells us she expects the Minneapolis City Council to approve a pilot program this fall that will put cameras on roughly three dozen officers. If things go smoothly, full implementation will follow next year.

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Minneapolis cop criticized for treatment of homeless man at Temple Israel

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Police haul a homeless man away from Temple Israel.
Friday afternoon, one of our Hot Dish contributors, Keane Amdahl, was hanging out at the Spyhouse Coffee on Hennepin Avenue near Uptown when he noticed a Minneapolis police officer trying to roust a man from under an awning at nearby Temple Israel.

But the way the officer handled the situation prompted Amdahl to write a letter of complaint to MPD Chief Janeé Harteau before the evening was through.

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Minneapolis approves $130,000 for tasers

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While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.

On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with the corresponding numbers of batteries, holsters, and warranties.

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