police misconduct

Sculptor refuses to be pushed around by racism

(Photo courtesy of Frank Brown) Frank Brown standing by his work, The Second Coming of the William Lynch Theory, created in 2008. It is on display in the atrium of the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative in downtown St. Paul.

St. Paul sculptor Frank Brown describes himself as a “gofer,” someone who “goes for it, who doesn’t sit around waiting for someone to come looking for them. I take the initiative to go out and initiate the conversation that hopefully will create a positive response.”

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Indictment or not, protest the racist police state

The grand jury's decision on whether or not to indict killer cop Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown is expected any day. Authorities are planning and prepping for major unrest in Ferguson and throughout the country, the KKK is threatening to use 'lethal force' against protesters and, meanwhile, the activist world is aflutter with calls to action once the news is out.

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VIDEO: KSTP owner Stan Hubbard refuses to apologize during Augsburg #Pointergate protest

(Photo by Kristoffer Tigue) KSTP owner Stanley Hubbard defends his station's report, now known as #Pointergate, during his Nov. 13 speech at Augsburg College. Video below.

Outside of Sateren Auditorium on Augsburg College’s campus, dozens of protesters convened in the cold November air, demanding KSTP publicly apologize for their report last week, now dubbed #Pointergate.

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#Pointergate protesters plan rally against KSTP owner Stan Hubbard

(Photo from KSTP)

Updated: Watch KSTP owner Stanley Hubbard refuse to apologize during Augsburg #Pointergate protest

KSTP’s report of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges supposedly flashing a gang sign on camera sent the local news station straight into the national spotlight. Social media erupted in anger, demanding the station retract the story and apologize on air.

But KSTP decided to stand behind their report, so protesters are now taking their chants off Twitter and onto the streets.

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Minneapolis police launch body camera pilot program

(Photo by Tony Webster published under Creative Commons License)

Three dozen Minneapolis Police Department officers began testing the use of body-mounted cameras on Friday.

The body cameras, which are growing in popularity nationwide, will make police proceedings more open and simplify police misconduct investigations, city and department officials said at a press conference Friday.

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Mayor Hodges, #pointergate, and social media spying

The KSTP story with Mayor Hodges doing stylish finger pointing has created a real buzz. But for me the underlying issues of this episode that the public or media are not asking about or may not understand need to be explored. Where did the picture come from? Was it a part of a law enforcement agency or agencies social media monitoring and surveillance activities that the picture was discovered? Or more of a direct question: Is it relevant to and interest of the public to know if an agency is engaging in cyber stalking of people, data collected for unknown purposes and then share with others?

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BEHIND THE STORY | #Pointergate: A learning opportunity about disenfranchisement

Everybody’s talking about #Pointergate, the absurd KSTP story of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, where she is supposedly flashing a gang sign with a 22-year-old man from north Minneapolis who is working to get out the vote.

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Third-party attorney general candidates talk crime and transparency

Third-party candidates in the state’s upcoming attorney general race delved into issues of police brutality, prison-worthy crimes and drug prevention at a debate on the University of Minnesota’s campus Tuesday night.

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OPINION | An ethics officer can help reform the Minneapolis Police Department

To Mayor Betsy Hodges,

Last month, I attended a forum at the Minneapolis Urban League about police-community relations. One of the panelists, longtime community leader and media presence Ron Edwards, pointedly mentioned that all of the debates about problems of police conduct were not so different from debates in the 1960s — we’ve had 50 years of a community looking for positive reform but getting very little.

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