Minneapolis Police Chief and Dept. of Justice review report released

The Minneapolis Police Department has released a report from the US Department of Justice about how the city deals with police misconduct. Minneapolis asked for the review as a way to address persistent criticism of how some members of the police department interact with people from minority communities. KFAI’s Rico Morales attended the question and answer forum. Continue Reading

Immigrants cautioned about reform scams in wake of Obama immigration order

Recently, a group of lawyers and community service organizations gathered at Waite House in South Minneapolis to discuss President Obama’s new Executive Orders regarding immigration reform. Many of the attendees had questions about permanent residency in the United States, and one important message of the meeting was a word of caution. It’s too early to apply for a change in status, so potential applicants should be wary of anyone who offers to charge them to fill out papers. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there and filed this report. [Audio below] Continue Reading

Group files Suit over Southwest LRT

A group of Minneapolis environmental activists, concerned residents, and lawyers gathered at the Hennepin County Government Center to unveil a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the Federal Transit Administration.The Lakes and Parks Alliance is challenging the legality of votes by the Metropolitan Council and the Minneapolis City Council to approve what could become the most expensive public project in Minnesota history.KFAI’s Rico Morales has a report. Links to audio below.Group Files Suit Over Southwest LRTOil Trains Cause Concern Continue Reading

Al Flowers case prompts protest at MPD’s 3rd Precinct

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janee Harteau say there will be an independent investigation of an incident where police injured community activist Al Flowers. He was in a violent encounter with police when they came to his home to arrest Flowers’ teenage daughter. Flowers says he asked to see a warrant for her arrest, and a scuffle broke out. [Audio below]”Once they attacked, I felt every blow,” Flowers said. “I got stomped.”The case is being held up by critics of the Minneapolis police department as evidence of their claim that the force routinely brutalizes residents.A group of about fifty people rallied outside the third precinct police station at Lake Street and Minnehaha. Continue Reading

Southwest Light Rail agreement draws criticism

The Metropolitan Council and the city of Minneapolis have announced a tentative agreement regarding the configuration of the Southwest Light Rail Project. The project’s path through the city of Minneapolis has been controversial, and the mediated agreement requires approval from a number of cities and government agencies before construction can begin. After the deal was announced yesterday, opponents weighed in as South West Light Rail Train advocates moved quickly to meet deadlines for getting federal money. Rico Morales filed this report. [Audio below]Find the original post here. Continue Reading

Orange Line moves forward

As part of a re-shaping of mass transit in the Twin Cities, Metro Transit is moving forward with plans to establish the Orange Line – a bus-based rapid transit link between downtown Minneapolis and Burnsville along Interstate 35W. Part of that plan calls for major changes to the area where the interstate crosses over Lake Street in South Minneapolis. More information about this project can be found at http://www.35lake.com/ along with proposals for more development. [Audio below]

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