Let the riots and looting begin. Frankly, I’m surprised the officers weren’t sacrificed to quell the upcoming unrest.

Minneapolis officers involved in Jamar Clark shooting will not be disciplined
By Robb Jeffries Today at 5:28 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS — The two Minneapolis police officers involved in last November’s shooting of Jamar Clark will not be disciplined, Police Chief Janee Harteau said at a Friday, Oct. 21 press conference.

The decision comes after a months-long internal investigation and is in line federal and state investigations of officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze and their actions on Nov. 15, 2015, when the 24-year-old black man was shot and killed.

“Their actions have been put under a microscope,” Harteau said. “They have been subject to both state and federal investigations and have been reviewed by two of the top prosecutors in the region. … The investigative standards were extremely high in both the (Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) and the MPD (Minneapolis Police Department) investigation, and I have the utmost confidence in their findings.”

The announcement was delayed until police officials had the chance to meet with Clark’s family, Harteau said.

“As a mother, I cannot imagine such a loss as no parent should ever have to bury their child,” she said.

Harteau and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges planned to host an open conference call to speak with the public about the incident.

Nekima Levy-Pounds, president of the NAACP’s Minneapolis chapter, expressed her disappointment on Facebook for the internal investigation’s result.

“I feel sad for our city right now and the ease with which our city and government officials justify murder of an unarmed citizen at the hands of police,” she wrote Friday afternoon. “My heart goes out to the family of (Jamar Clark) for having to relive this nightmare once again. How far have we fallen as a society that we continue to allow this type of thing to happen again and again and again? God help us all and please open our hearts, eyes, and minds to the truth of these injustices.”

The officers responded to a call for backup by paramedics at an apartment building three blocks from Minneapolis’ Fourth Precinct station shortly after 12:40 a.m. on Nov. 15. Clark was reportedly interfering with paramedics treating his girlfriend, who told first responders Clark had caused the woman’s injuries.

Police reports say Clark refused to remove his hand from his pockets, and a physical struggle resulted in Ringgenberg falling on top of Clark, with Clark’s back on the ground.

According to the BCA investigation, evidence shows Clark was not handcuffed and had his hand on Ringgenberg’s gun when Schwarze shot him once in the head.

Kinda sounds like this was something that should have happened a long time ago.

Stillwater Prison Warden Fired for Violating Multiple Department Policies

He has the possiblity to appeal his termination

POSTED: 11:44 AM CDT Oct 21, 2016
Minnesota Department of Corrections has fired the top official at one of the state’s largest prisons for allegedly breaking several policies.

Officials in September has suspended Stillwater prison warden Steve Hammer, pending an investigation. Reports say that Hammer was fired Wednesday for allegedly violating at least five department policies including the employee code of conduct, policies surrounding emails, and those related to anti-discrimination and sexual harassment.

Department spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald declined to comment further.

Department records show that Hammer had been disciplined twice before for inappropriate relationships with staff.

Hammer previously worked as warden of the Rush City prison; he took over at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in March 2015.

Hammer has the possibility to appeal his termination.

What is in the water in Wisconsin? It can’t just be hops and grain, can it?

Woman mistakes town meeting for Donald Trump rally and smears 30 cars with smooth peanut butter in protest

‘Fortunately it wasn’t chunky peanut butter, so vehicles didn’t get scratched,’ said police

Lucy Pasha-Robinson 11 hours ago

Christina Ferguson was arrested in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin on Monday 17 October after allegedly smearing cars with peanut butter in an anti-Trump protest Portage Co. Jail
A woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly smearing peanut butter on 30 cars parked outside what she believed was a pro-Donald Trump rally.

Christina Ferguson was arrested in Amherst Junction, Wisconsin after interrupting what turned out to be a meeting of a local environmental organisation, Tomorrow River Conservation Club.

Witnesses claimed the 32-year-old entered the meeting at 9:30pm holding a “family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif” peanut butter, shouting about how much she hated the Republican candidate.

Ms Ferguson was asked to leave the premises but shortly after, members went to check the car park to “make sure she wasn’t doing anything to their vehicles after leaving.”

One witness, who allegedly caught Ms Ferguson spreading peanut butter on a car, shouted at her before calling police.

When officers from Portage Co. Sheriff Department questioned Ms Ferguson, she claimed she hadn’t left her apartment that night, while allegedly licking her fingers repeatedly, according to the complaint.

However, one of the meeting members identified her and Ms Ferguson admitted her involvement.

When pushed as to why she had committed the offence, Ms Ferguson talked about “how much she loved Hillary Clinton and hated Donald Trump,” the complaint says.

However, when she realised she had mistakenly identified the meeting as a Trump rally, she was remorseful saying she was “just fed up about the entire election.”

The complaint claimed Ms Ferguson smelt strongly of alcohol and her blood alcohol level was 0.218, more than twice the legal limit for driving.

“Fortunately it wasn’t chunky peanut butter, so vehicles didn’t get scratched,” said Chief Deputy Dan Kontos.

Again, Sheriff Clarke hits the nail on the head.

Sheriff Clarke: ‘Gun Free Zones Are Killing Fields’

By Penny Starr | October 19, 2016 | 4:16 PM EDT


(CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
(CNSNews.com) – Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said on Wednesday that places known to be “gun free” are targeted by criminals or terrorists who seek a location for an attack.

“I’ve said this over and over again – gun free zones are killing fields and they are chosen specifically for that reason,” Clarke said at a panel discussion about gun rights and the Second Amendment at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

CNSNews.com asked Clarke and other members of the panel whether armed, law-abiding citizens could help prevent mass shootings and other attacks in public places, such as the terrorist attack in September in a mall in Minnesota that was thwarted when a radical Islamist was killed by an armed, off-duty police officer.
“I don’t let people take me down rabbit holes on this issue,” Clarke said. “And I’m not accusing you of that. It’s a good question, but the answer is, I don’t know.”

“When people say, do you think if allowing more people to go armed in these public places – malls, schools, whatnot – would it reduce – I say, I don’t know,” Clarke said.

“That’s not the point for me,” Clarke said. “The point is, don’t take my right away to be able to defend myself, if I so choose.”

Clarke told the story of a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who had a license to carry a concealed weapon but the school prohibited weapons on campus.

“She goes to school one night, comes out walking to her car in the parking structure – brutally raped at gunpoint, 50 yards from the campus police building,” Clarke said. “Brutally raped at gunpoint.”

“The only reason she didn’t have her gun is because she’s a law-abiding citizen and the school prohibits firearms on campus,” Clarke said. “It worked to keep the gun out of her hand but it didn’t work to keep the gun out of her attacker’s hands.”

“I’ve said this over and over again – gun free zones are killing fields and they are chosen specifically for that reason,” Clarke said.


Think there isn’t a problem with dope?

Minnesota man arrested during traffic stop for possession of over 1 pound of heroin
By Kevin Cederstrom on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:10 a.m.



A Redby, Minn., man was arrested with over one pound of heroin during a traffic stop Oct. 9 in Hubbard County, Minn.
Leo Wayne Cook, 32, faces two counts of felony first degree drug charges after he was stopped by State Patrol for speeding on State Highway 64 near Akeley. According to the complaint filed in Hubbard County District Court, the trooper observed a northbound vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed approximately 4:40 p.m. on Oct. 9. The trooper clocked the vehicle at 66 mph in a 55 mph zone.

During the stop the trooper noticed an odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle and observed a package of cigarette papers. Cook’s hands were visibly shaking while speaking to the trooper, the complaint states. Cook admitted to having a small amount of marijuana and the trooper requested assistance from Hubbard County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, which alerted to a floor compartment in the vehicle.

A search of the compartment revealed a bag containing 462 grams of heroin and a second bag containing 44 grams of heroin.

Cook was taken into custody and charged with one count of first degree sale, 10 grams or more of heroin; and one count of first degree felony possession, 25 grams or more of heroin. Each count is a felony and punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $1,000,000 fine.

A check of Cook’s driving record showed a sold/possessed controlled substance conviction. His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 24.

How can you call dumping raw sewage an “honest mistake”??

Report: DNC bus caught dumping sewage into storm drain


A Democratic National Committee tour bus sporting ads for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine illegally dumped human waste into a storm drain between campaign stops on Tuesday, according to a CBS affiliate in Atlanta.

Lawrenceville, Ga., police are investigating the claim after a witness came forward Tuesday morning with photos of the incident on Grayson Highway. The unnamed witness, a businessman from the town, took photos of the Democratic organization’s bus spitting out sewage onto the ground.

Police told CBS when they arrived at the site, mushed up toilet paper was visible on the ground and the area smelled like sewage. A HAZMAT crew was later called to the scene and will work with Gwinnett Country Storm Water and the State Environment Protection Department to investigate the crime.

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The DNC issued an apology to the community later on Tuesday.

“This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused. We were unaware of any possible violations and have already taken corrective action with the charter bus company to prevent this from happening again. Furthermore, the DNC will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, as well as local and state officials to determine the best course of corrective action,” DNC said in a statement.

Locals? Read between the lines folks, a lot of our crime is committed by inner city thugs that move here for the free stuff.

Two arrested after fatal shooting in Lincoln Park
By Tom Olsen on Oct 18, 2016 at 9:34 p.m.

Two suspects are in custody after a 47-year-old Duluth man was fatally shot in the Lincoln Park business district early Tuesday.

Duluth police said the shooting was reported at 12:19 a.m. on the 2000 block of West Superior Street. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Police did not provide any details on the incident or identify the parties involved, but Bonnie Aase told the News Tribune that her boyfriend, Eric Burns, was the victim.

“I’m really not sure what happened,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “I’m just waiting for more answers.”

Aase said Burns left their Lincoln Park apartment earlier that evening, planning to catch the Monday Night Football game at the Bedrock Bar, where he was a regular.

It was about 4:30 a.m. that police knocked on her door, informing her about the shooting, Aase said.

“He never had any problems there,” she said. “There were nice people there. He never had an issue. He always came home.”

Orin Bernard Vann, 53, and Aaron Demetrius Humphreys, 42, were arrested early Tuesday by Duluth police. Each was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary charge of intentional second-degree murder.

Police said the three men knew each other but did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship or what might have led to the shooting.

The scene was quiet and unremarkable on Tuesday morning, with no signs of the chaos that ensued hours earlier.

Cary Gimpel, owner of the Bedrock Bar, said the incident happened in the lot between his establishment and Curly’s Bar.

“We’re trying to revitalize the West End,” Gimpel said. “It’s senseless, and I don’t understand it.”

HOMICIDE1019c2 -- Eric Burns, victim of homicide.

HOMICIDE1019c2 — Eric Burns, victim of homicide.

Aase said she had known Burns since May 2015. He grew up in the Chicago area, moving to St. Paul when he was 18 and living there until he moved to Duluth in August 2015, she said.

She said Burns did cleaning jobs and maintenance work for a living, “never missing a day.” He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed cooking, she said.

Burns was the father of eight children, one of whom died at an early age. He remained close with them, Aase said.

Aase said many neighborhood regulars knew Burns as the “Hot Dog Man” because he would bring a grill and cook-out in the Bedrock parking lot on warm summer nights.

“He was always happy, telling jokes that make you laugh until your belly hurts,” she said. “He loved life. He was always looking forward to getting up the next day. He never woke up crabby in the morning, never once. He was always, always smiling and laughing.”

Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken, who was attending a policing conference out of town, issued a statement offering condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

“Our officers responded in moments, secured the scene, summoned emergency medical services and immediately requested investigative support,” Tusken said. “The diligence and professionalism of our responding staff facilitated for quickly developing suspects and making arrests. The city of Duluth is fortunate to have a very dedicated and talented police department. We will provide additional information as we are able.”

Mark Howard, 54, is a longtime Lincoln Park resident and business owner who is preparing to open a farmer’s market called O’Ganics next spring just a few doors down from the scene of the shooting.

“West End is still good,” he said. “There’s a lot of hope here but a lot of disparity, too. With the American economy the way it is, it makes it hard. People want change. People want to bring their families down here and not hear gunshots.”

Howard noted that a “Lincoln Park Open House” event was just held on Saturday, bringing together dozens of organizations and businesses to highlight the neighborhood’s vitality.

“We just had that Ecolibrium3 event, and then this happens,” Howard said, noting the event’s sponsor agency. “There’s two types of people (in Lincoln Park) — ones that have issues with drugs and drinking and people doing whatever they can to get ahead.”

It is expected that the suspects will be arraigned in State District Court in Duluth later this week.

Court records indicate that Vann was convicted of selling a controlled substance in 1992, but his record since contains only minor citations for impaired driving and traffic offenses.

Humphreys has prior convictions for theft, robbery, theft of a motor vehicle and domestic assault.

He also was arrested in 2013 on allegations that he slashed another man’s throat with a hatchet. Humphreys maintained that he was falsely implicated in the crime, and prosecutors later dropped the assault and attempted-murder charges against him, citing “interests of justice.”

Duluth police said they are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s incident. It is the first nonvehicular homicide in the city since the May 2015 stabbing death of Lisa Isham in Lincoln Park.

News Tribune staff writer Brady Slater contributed to this report.

Because public officials are held to a higher standard, right?

Inver Grove Heights police chief, under investigation, cited for open bottle
By NICK FERRARO | nferraro@pioneerpress.com
PUBLISHED: October 18, 2016 at 3:37 pm | UPDATED: October 18, 2016 at 3:49 pm


An intoxicated Larry Stanger, the police chief of Inver Grove Heights on paid leave as the city investigates his role in a property search tip-off, was cited last month for having an open beer outside a downtown Prescott, Wis., bar, according to a police report.

Stanger was given a ticket for an open container off a licensed premises — a violation of a city ordinance — after walking outside out of Scab’s Place with a Busch Light just after 2 a.m. Sept. 25, according to a Prescott police report obtained by the Pioneer Press.

Stanger was not given a preliminary breath test “due to his extremely high level of intoxication” and “based on his inability to speak clearly or in any kind of sentences,” the report read.

In April, Stanger was put on paid leave from his job after allegations surfaced that he alerted the owner of a Prescott auto-detailing business that the business was going to be searched for stolen construction vehicles. Stanger’s and the business owners’ sons are friends.

The Inver Grove Heights and Prescott police departments were working together on the theft case after surveillance and GPS tracking of the stolen vehicles led them to Prescott.

In August, Scott County attorney Ron Hocevar declined to charge Stanger with public corruption and violating data privacy laws, saying at the time that his office was not able to “connect the dots between what was alleged and the police chief to prove in court beyond a reasonable doubt.”

But whether Stanger violated any city of Inver Grove Heights policies, procedures or codes is the focus of an internal investigation by Quinlivan & Hughes, a law firm the city council hired Sept. 12 at a cost not to exceed $8,000. The investigation should be complete by mid-November, city administrator Joe Lynch said this week.

When asked Monday about Stanger’s open-container ticket, Lynch said he was unaware of the allegation. He declined to comment.

“I’ll have to find out what that’s about,” he said.
Stanger did not return a call Tuesday seeking comment.
Meanwhile, Stanger’s attorney, Robert Fowler, called the police report “false” and said his client would fight the $110 ticket.

“The first time he knew there was any incident was when a ticket showed up to his house,” Fowler said. “I can tell you on the night in question he was never stopped by Prescott police. He was never interviewed by Prescott police. They never collected any evidence, so it’s curious to know how they can conclude that he was in possession of an open intoxicant without ever talking to him or (identifying) him.”

He called the allegation a “coordinated effort by Prescott police to cloud the waters and ruin his career.”

Stanger, who lives in Cottage Grove and leases a boat slip at a Prescott marina, has been with the Inver Grove Heights police department since 1989 and has been its chief since January 2012. His salary this year is $128,000.


The Prescott police report gives the following account:

While investigating a fight at Scab’s Place, an officer saw Stanger with the beer in his hand and told him to get back inside the bar. Stanger did not acknowledge the officer, but Stanger’s wife, Lisa, came outside and brought him inside.

“During the conversation with Mr. Stanger and his wife, I was able to hear Mr. Stanger speaking but I was unable to discern the words he was attempting to speak due to his level of intoxication,” the officer wrote.

Later on, Stanger’s wife called dispatchers several times to speak with the officer, who met with her outside another bar. She told the officer that Stanger did not have a beer outside, and the officer said he would review cameras.

The officer asked Stanger’s wife if she was able to watch him and she said he would be “fine” and that he “just had a lot to drink,” the report read.

Why is he still able to draw a breath? Light your kid on fire? Beatdown on two women? Abusing his disabled father? Oh, yeah, the innocent until proven guilty thing, right?

Man charged with trying to set son on fire accused of choking girlfriend, prompting standoff

By April Baumgarten Today at 1:43 p.m.


THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—A Thief River Falls man accused of trying to set his son on fire now faces charges after police say he choked and hit two women before prompting an hours-long standoff this past weekend.

Michael Roy Nelson, 46, appeared Monday, Oct. 18, in Pennington County District Court on a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge, two misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and fifth-degree assault.

He also faces charges from an April incident in which he is accused of trying to set his son on fire and dragging his father, who uses a wheelchair, down a hall.

The latest charges stem from a report Friday of a fight at an apartment.
Court documents state Nelson assaulted his girlfriend and another woman. A fight broke out after Nelson allegedly became verbally aggressive, telling his girlfriend he had sexual relations with another woman but claimed it wasn’t cheating.

The criminal complaint states Nelson choked his girlfriend, who was able free herself and call another woman, who came to assist her. He then grabbed his girlfriend’s throat again and punched the other woman.

When police arrived at the scene, they said they could hear Nelson moving furniture in an apparent attempt to barricade himself in an apartment building. A perimeter was set up around the area and SWAT members were called to the scene. Hours later, police entered the apartment and arrested Nelson.

Previous charges

Nelson also faces assault charges in a case stemming from an April 10 incident in which he is accused of arson. Court documents state he became angry about an argument with family members about a loan given to his son to purchase a dirt bike.

Witnesses told investigators Nelson climbed into the back of a truck where the bike was stored, tipped over the bike, took off its gas cap and tried to light it on fire with a match. They also said he tried to start a tractor on fire.
A criminal complaint in the case said Nelson then took a can of ether and lit it with a match before spraying it toward his son, lighting the front of the boy’s sweatshirt on fire. Nelson also is accused of dragging his father, who uses a wheelchair, out of bed and down the hall.

Nelson faces multiple charges in the case, including attempted arson and felony assault.