Civil rights

At least one former Minneapolis officer on trial in civil rights case plans to testify

In the Star Tribune, Andy Mannix and Rochelle Olson write“A prosecutor and defense attorneys gave opening statements Monday morning in the civil rights case of three former Minneapolis officers, anticipating a trial that will depend on what the men thought and saw as Derek Chauvin stood up. knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.At the St. Paul Federal Courthouse, Assistant US Attorney Samantha Trepel described how Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng ignored the obvious signs of serious distress in Floyd, whom they had arrested. … Opening statements offered first window into defense strategy and revelation that at least Lane plans to testify.”

At KARE-TV, Samantha Fischer and Kent Erdahl to say, “University of Minnesota Medical School researchers predict the current omicron outbreak could peak within the next two weeks in the Twin Cities subway. The university, along with Minnesota Department of Health officials, say the promising news comes after processing data from 13 different wastewater treatment plants in the metro. … Since January 9, a publicly accessible dashboard shows that COVID virus levels have dropped by almost 30% at the metro plant.

At KMSP-TV, Theo Keith saysFormer Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek appears to be closing in on the Minnesota gubernatorial bid. A website,, was updated on Monday with potential campaign themes. The website was offline, but anyone could see it through a browser cache. “It’s time we had real leadership with the courage to stand up for every Minnesotan – our hopes, our dreams and our future,” reads a page on Stanek’s website. That’s what I did honorably as sheriff. And that’s what I will do as governor. Stanek told FOX 9 he was considering an offer.

Dave Orrick writes for Pioneer Press: “A Republican state lawmaker is suing police over a right-wing activist who physically snatched him from a political event on Friday. Rep. Nolan West, a third-term Blaine lawmaker, was uninjured in the incident, which was partially videotaped. But he said he wanted the man prosecuted on principle because the increasingly hostile — physically hostile — tenor of the policy got out of hand.

The article continues after the ad

Jim Buchta writes for the Star Tribune: Home sales in the Twin Cities hit a 20-year high last year despite a 20-year low in listings. Together, the two extremes resulted in double-digit house price increases. Throughout 2021, buyers closed 66,319 properties, an increase of 2.7% over 2020, according to a year-end sales report from Minneapolis (MAR) area real estate agents and the St. Paul Association of Realtors (SPAAR). It marked the fourth year of annual sales gains for the Twin Cities housing market, defying pressure on the region’s wider economy from the pandemic.

Also in Pioneer Press, Nick Ferraro writes: “Rep. of State Rena Moran, DFL-St. Paul, said Monday she will run for the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners this fall. Moran will seek the board seat now held by longtime commissioner Toni Carter, who announced last week that she intends to retire after his term of office expires at the end of the year. Since 2005, Carter has served as Commissioner of District 4, which includes the St. Paul neighborhoods of Summit-University, St. Anthony Park, Macalester-Groveland, Hamline-Midway, Summit Hill, Crocus Hill, Desnoyer Park, Lexington-Hamline, Merriam Park , Snelling-Hamline and Highland Park.

For BringMeTheNews, Joe Nelson ReportingA Minneapolis city plow driver was targeted by a gunman following an accident on Sunday. Minneapolis police say the driver of the plow was pulled to the side of the road on the 4300 block of North Fremont Avenue around 8:55 p.m. on the city’s north side when a passing motorist rammed the plow . According to the MPD, people inside the vehicle got out and started yelling at the plow driver, who responded by calling the police. As the occupants of the other vehicle left the scene, shots were fired at the plow.

At KSTP-TV Rebecca Omastiak reportingOn Monday, Minnesota House DFL lawmakers announced a $100 million public safety proposal ahead of the 2022 legislative session. Lawmakers releasing the proposal say the plan will include funding for community-based nonprofits that deal with violence prevention, community policing grants, criminal investigations grants, disaster response grants, and community policing grants. opioid epidemics, grants for body cameras, an investment for POST Board investigators, and an alternative POST Board license. ”

The article continues after the ad