Fargo Police Officer Zach Messmer Tells Cop Critic to "Do Us All a Favor and Hang Urself"

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Zach Messmer's Facebook
Not a particularly effective community policing technique

Around 12:45 a.m. Saturday Fargo police opened fire on a 41-year-old man in a pickup after he led police on a multi-county chase, according to the Grand Forks Herald. His wife says he was shot six times, including at least once in the face.

Police have not named any officers involved or said much else about the shooting, leading a man named Darryl Danielson to criticize Fargo PD on WDAY-TV's Facebook page.

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Former Minneapolis Cop Lee Meili Arrested for Meth Possession

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City of Bloomington
In 2004 Minneapolis paid $1 million to settle a police brutality suit brought against him

A former Minneapolis cop who once cost the city $1 million to settle a police brutality case against him was arrested in Bloomington Tuesday for possessing meth and impersonating an officer.

According to the charges, employees at the Northwood Hotel told police who were making the rounds that a suspicious man had rented a room with Minneapolis police credentials.

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Minneapolis Paying Dontae Thomas $25K and His Lawyers $115K to Settle Cop Chokehold Suit

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Fibonacci Blue via Flickr
Another payout for police misconduct in Minneapolis
Today the Minneapolis City Council is set to tentatively approve a $140,000 settlement because a cop allegedly choked out Dontae Thomas, who was a senior at Patrick Henry High School when the incident occurred back in January 2012.

Under the terms of the settlement, Thomas will receive $25,000 and his lawyers with Gaskins, Bennett, Birrell and Schupp will have $115,000 in legal bills paid by the city.

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Brian Fitch Yells Obscenities at Judge After Being Found Guilty of Murdering Cop

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Ramsey County
Fitch will serve life in prison for shooting Patrick, who left behind his wife and two teenage daughters
Last night a Stearns County jury debated for nine hours before finding Brian Fitch guilty of all nine counts he was charged with stemming from the murder of Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick last summer.

After the verdict was read Fitch went off on Judge Mary Thiesen. Here's what he said, according to Fox 9:

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Eddie Frizell Sues Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau After Lost Election, Demotion

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City of Minneapolis
Frizell (left) says Harteau demoted him for running for sheriff
Eddie Frizell's bid to unseat Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek last November went down in flames. Stanek more than doubled Frizell's vote total, and the next week Frizell returned to his high-ranking job at the Minneapolis Police Department after taking a six-month leave to campaign.

According to claims filed yesterday in federal court, Frizell arrived back at work to more bad news: Police Chief Janee Harteau told him he was no longer deputy chief of patrol. He would now be the commander of operations, a new position.

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St. Paul Police Believed to Have Killed Man Who's Threatened Cops Before

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Police still consider it "a very active investigation" and ask anyone with information to call 651-266-5650
A man was shot and killed by St. Paul police early Wednesday morning. Here's what we know so far:

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Did Pointergate Save Navell Gordon From Prison?

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Political fallout from Pointergate may have helped Navell Gordon dodge prison

Yesterday Fox 9 reporter Tom Lyden had an interesting scoop exploring how political fallout stemming from Pointergate may have saved Navell Gordon (the man pictured with Mayor Hodges in the infamous Pointergate photo) from prison.

As KSTP previously reported in its Pointergate double-down last month, Gordon was arrested Aug. 2 on suspicion of robbery. Gordon faced five years in prison for possessing a handgun as convicted felon already on probation for gun possession two years ago.

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What Do the Minneapolis Protesters Want?

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MN NOC
A standing-room-only meeting held at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change December 6

Protests demanding racial equity and police accountability have showed no signs of stopping lately. What do protesters hope to accomplish locally, and how, besides protesting, do they plan to enact tangible change?

Last Saturday people packed into the headquarters of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in north Minneapolis to figure out how to harness energy from the protests into action.

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Chat with Chief Janee Harteau: An Evening at the 2nd Precinct

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Ben Johnson
The 2nd Precinct Building in northeast Minneapolis

Embattled Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau held the first in a series of monthly "Chat with the Chief" events at the 2nd Precinct in northeast Minneapolis yesterday. The idea, hatched after three public forums last month, is to give each city resident five minutes to sit down with the chief in a one-on-one setting to air concerns.

"Maybe people weren't comfortable standing up in front of 100, 200 people to say what they want to say," said Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer John Elder last night. "We want to everyone to have an opportunity to give feedback in an environment where they're comfortable."

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Study: Blacks Way More Likely to be Arrested for Minor Offenses in Minneapolis Than Whites

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Doug Wallick on Flickr
A new report put together by the Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union finds that black people are way more likely to be arrested for low-level, non-violent offenses in Minneapolis than whites.

Using the Minneapolis Police Department's own data, the report finds that from 2004 to 2012, blacks in Minneapolis were 11.5 more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites; 8.86 times more likely to be arrested for disorderly conduct; 7.54 times more likely to be arrested for vagrancy; and 16.39 times more likely to be arrested for curfew/loitering.

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