Paul Trott says cop who shot his dog told him, "This is what we do and I would do it again"

Tito (left); Tito and one of his owners, Josh Lyczkowski (right).
During my regular Friday appearance on AM 1130's Up and At 'Em show last week, yours truly and hosts Jack Tomczak and Ben Kruse talked about the sad story of Tito, the dog that was recently shot to death by a Minneapolis cop on the North Side.

During the discussion, one of Tito's owners, Paul Trott, called in to share his perspective. Right off the bat, he said this: "The very first thing out of [the officer who shot his dog's] mouth, and the truth is, he said, 'This is what we do and I would do it again.' And that is the honest truth."

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Activist Al Flowers alleges Minneapolis cops beat him up during arrest

Al Flowers's mugshot
Just after midnight Saturday morning, Minneapolis cops showed up at longtime community activist Al Flowers's South Side residence. Officers said they had a warrant to arrest his teenage daughter.

Exactly what happened next remains the subject of controversy, but in any event, as the photo at the top of this post indicates, the ensuing altercation left Flowers, 55, bloody and behind bars.

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MPD kills innocent north Minneapolis couple's dog [UPDATES]

Tito, the Cane Corso killed by the MPD Friday evening.
:::: UPDATE :::: Here's what the MPD incident report says about Tito's shooting: "DOGS RAN AT OFFICER AND WOULD NOT STOP. DOG DISPATCHED BY OFFICER. SUPERVISOR AND ANIMAL CONTROL RESPONDED TO SCENE." The arrested party is a minor, so his name isn't public information.

:::: UPDATE II :::: The MPD sent us this statement about the incident:
Police officers are placed into situations where, at times, they must make immediate decisions based on only the facts that are present at that moment. The officers are mandated to make the decisions to preserve their own safety as well as the safety of others.

The decision to shoot, or harm, an animal is not made lightly, but at times must be made immediately. Officers have no way of knowing the history of the animal, or what the animal may do. Every threat must be taken seriously.

These are very sad and unfortunate incidents and ones that no one wants to occur.
We also asked the MPD for information about the number of dogs that have been shot by officers in recent years, but that data wasn't immediately available.

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Everyone struggling to get info about cell phone tracking program

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Everyone from journalists to politicians to activists have been fighting for years to learn the details behind Minnesota's controversial Kingfish and Stingray cell phone tracking programs, but lately, the state's been leaving them empty-handed.

The Kingfish and Stingray devices are used across the country by at least 25 police departments, including Minnesota's, to collect cell phone data to pursue criminals. Because of how potentially invasive they could be, the devices are controversial, but what we actually know about them is pretty limited.

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Hennepin County deputies endorse Rich Stanek's opponent by nearly 8-to-1 margin

Categories: Elections, Police
Rich Stanek
Hennepin County deputies want a new boss.
If Rich Stanek wins a third term as Hennepin County Sheriff, he'll do so without the support of his deputies.

Yesterday, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Deputies Association announced it's overwhelmingly supporting the candidacy of Minneapolis Police Assistant Chief Eddie Frizell, who is running to take Stank's job.

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St. Paul PD defends killing dogs while executing search warrant that didn't lead to arrest

Categories: Animals, Police

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Pit bulls Mellow, 5 (left), and Laylo, 13, were killed.
On Wednesday morning, a St. Paul Police Department SWAT team kicked down Larry Arman's door and shot his two beloved pitbulls to death.

Officers were executing a no-knock search warrant as part of an investigation instigated by Minneapolis police, law enforcement officials in both cities tell us. They didn't find much -- according to Fox 9, the search yielded clothing, a glass bong, and suspected marijuana crumbs in a metal grinder.

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Mpls police release photo of "persons of interest" in North Side triple shooting

The triple shooting left this North Side house with bloodstains in the backyard.
The Minneapolis Police Department has released a photo of two men investigators are characterizing as "persons of interest" in a Wednesday morning triple shooting at 3551 Fremont Ave. N. that left three women injured.

Here's the photo:

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Minneapolis Police Department terrorism video is unintentionally hilarious

A Minneapolis cop who looks to be Anderson Cooper reports a suspicious bag in the skyway.
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).

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.

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MPD Chief Harteau on weekend shootings: We "urge people to put their guns down"

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The Minneapolis skyline as seen from the North Side.
During the early morning hours of July 5, Minneapolis's 15th and 16th homicides of the year occurred. As was the case with the city's 13th and 14th homicides late last month, both murders were north Minneapolis shootings.

In total, five people were shot during the wee hours of Saturday morning, including the two who died. The outburst of violence prompted Minneapolis Police Chief JaneƩ Harteau to "urge people to put their guns down."

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Paul Bueltel says video shows Dakota County deputies unlawfully arresting, questioning him

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Bueltel, handgun visible in his pocket, is patted down by a deputy before being placed under arrest.
Around 2 a.m. on October 27, 2012, Paul Bueltel and a friend were sitting in Bueltel's father's vehicle on the side of a road in Coates consulting a GPS system when a car pulled up behind them.

Unsure who was in the car, Bueltel began pulling away. But then the vehicle turned on its emergency flashers. Turns out two Dakota County deputies were inside.

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