Hundreds block traffic downtown, peacefully demand police accountability

(Photos by Katie Nelson)

Twin Cities residents continue to feel the reverberations from the early-August shooting of an unarmed Black teenager by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. with local activists calling more tools, training and transparency within local law enforcement in order to curb racial injustices within the criminal justice system.

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A long, powerful history: How we militarized the police

Policing in America has been shaped from its early days by a military structure, a war mentality and a cloud of racism that continues to repeat itself over time.

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St. Paul man from cellphone arrest video identified; police dropped charges in July

(Photo courtesy of Christopher Lollie) Chris Lollie and his two-year old son, C.J.

UPDATED:

The man in a recently released cellphone video who was tasered and arrested by St. Paul police officers after refusing to give up his name has stepped forward on Wednesday, Aug. 27 after posting the video online. St. Paul police dropped charges on July 31.

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GUANTE.INFO | This is not a think piece: Turning outrage into action from Ferguson to the Twin Cities

When the Twin Cities Daily Planet asked me to write a column, I had to hesitate. Though I’ve been writing op-eds for quite some time, I felt like this space could be used for something more constructive than a platform for my own opinions.

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Tong Thao: Hmong Men respond to sexual assault within their community through 'Man Forward'

Sexual assault is a personal violation. When the perpetrator is someone you know, it violates your sense of trust in the deepest way. So when we heard about this most recent incident of a 21 year old Hmong man who has admitted to molesting a 6 year old and other girls in his church, we were appalled and saddened to see continued victim blaming and the lack of accountability. As a group of men who are against gender-based violence, we say men must take a stand and participate in creating community accountability when sexual assault happens in our communities.

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Urban League Chief Scott Gray: When citizens and law enforcement collide

A national outbreak of tense and unfortunate collisions between citizens and law enforcement has formed a drumbeat calling for solutions to relieve the taut climate.

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'Born and raised on the fair': Brooke Blakey keeps us informed about public safety

(Photograph by Sarah Whiting) Brooke Blakey

Brooke Blakey loves the Minnesota State Fair. It's a good thing, because she's there 12 to 16 hours a day during the 12-day run of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

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Police violence against Blacks incites unrest nationwide

Last year, long before most people had heard of Ferguson, Missouri, the United States Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, in essence declaring that racism in the United States had ended.

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Aiming at the Moon (and hitting ourselves): Redefining how we relate to the world

Early Wednesday morning, August 21, I was heading out for coffee from my motel in LaMoure ND, and a sight begging to be photographed appeared a few steps to my left, and I couldn’t pass on it. Here’s the snapshot. The waning moon appeared to be in the “bullseye”.

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