St. Paul police shoot, kill suspect

Categories: Police, St. Paul
-- Update at bottom --

Around 6:20 this morning in an area of Plato Boulevard and Wabasha Street, St. Paul police shot and killed a suspect.

It's unclear at this point why police wanted to apprehend the man in the first place, but multiple witness reports indicate the man was throwing rocks and trying to punch officers before he charged at one of them and was gunned down.

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St. Paul police roughly arrest black man sitting in skyway [VIDEO]

Categories: Police, Racism
Chris Lollie
:::: UPDATE :::: We spoke with the man in the video, Chris Lollie, and he said he's fine with us using his real name and unedited mugshot (visible above).

A cell phone video posted to YouTube this week shows a St. Paul police officer roughing up a black man who was apparently doing nothing more than sitting in the skyway, waiting to pick up his kids.

At 9:43 a.m. on January 31, police were summoned to the skyway in downtown St. Paul's First National Bank Building on a report of a man loitering. The video footage shows an officer asking the then-27-year-old man to provide his name.

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Tracy, MN, a town of 2,100, possesses an armored vehicle for its two full-time cops [UPDATE]

Categories: Guns, Police
Does a Minnesota town with only two full-time cops really need this vehicle?
The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles.

For this, we can credit a U.S. Department of Defense program that was created in the early 1990s and gives free military equipment to sheriff's offices, local police departments, and state agencies. It became all the rage of the post-9/11 era and today touches every corner of the United States. Minnesota is no exception.

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Royalton, MN, police department possesses a grenade launcher it does not want or need

Categories: Guns, Police
Not in Royalton, Minnesota
Royalton is a small town in central Minnesota, population 1,242. The police department has one full-time officer and two part-timers. Between them you'll find the standard cop gear: guns, vests, uniforms. But also a grenade launcher.

A tad excessive? Adam Gunderson, the chief of police, wouldn't disagree.

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ACLU-MN director on Michael Brown: "Ferguson is maybe the canary in the coal mine"

Michael Brown (left) was shot dead by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson (right).
The officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is symptomatic of nationwide problems regarding the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they're supposed to serve and protect, Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU-MN, tells us.

"A lot of the ACLU's concern is that Ferguson is maybe the canary in the coal mine," he says. "There are a number of other communities where relationships between primarily white police departments and minority communities have been strained for years."

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MPD apologizes for helicopters; night two of military training features loud, unlit choppers

Categories: Military, Police
@alterboymusic on Twitter
Can you spot the military helicopter flying above downtown Minneapolis in this picture?
You might not have seen helicopters buzzing around the Twin Cities around 11 p.m. last night, but if you live near downtown Minneapolis, you almost certainly heard them.

That's because the damn things were flying around without their lights on during the second night of joint military-law enforcement training.

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Lino Lakes PD's drunk driving "Protip" is hilarious

Categories: Police
Lino Lakes Police Department on Facebook
Who says cops don't have a sense of humor?

Check out this Facebook status the Lino Lakes Police Department published over the weekend during its grant-funded DUI sting:

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

Categories: Military, Police
Smiley Hill on Twitter
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.

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North Mpls Ferguson vigil gets tense after arrest of woman holding "Don't Shoot" sign [VIDEOS]

Rachel Bean on Facebook
People wave their hands in the air outside MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters in protest.
Last night, in commemoration of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Missouri, hundreds turned out to observe a moment of silence at the Minneapolis Urban League on the North Side.

A short time later, a woman carrying a "Don't Shoot" sign who participated in the vigil was arrested on the street by the Minneapolis Police Department for reasons that remain unclear, prompting a protest outside the MPD's 4th Precinct headquarters.

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No, there's not really a terrorist attack happening at Boom Island Park

Today's training exercise is meant to simulate the release of a "dirty bomb."
Have you seen law enforcement personnel responding to what looks like a terror attack of some sort along the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis today?

No, Wisconsin isn't attacking us with nerve gas. It's really just a law enforcement exercise involving agencies from Minneapolis, St. Paul, the FBI, Hennepin County, and the Minnesota National Guard.

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