Local view: The truth is lost in news coverage of protesters
By Marty Mulder on Dec 10, 2016 at 11:00 p.m.
On Dec. 2, the first paragraph of a News Tribune story, “North Dakota pipeline protest targets downtown banks,” caught my attention.
“A protest over the construction of an oil pipeline through tribal land in North Dakota radiated into Duluth on Thursday when local activists marched into downtown banks and encouraged customers to close their accounts,” the story started.
Hold on. Wait a minute. The pipeline does not go “through” tribal land. This pipeline protest has been going on for many months now, and anybody with a perfunctory knowledge of the pipeline knows it is near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation; but the closest it comes is still a mile away.
The story later mentioned “the pipeline’s encroachment onto tribal land.” Still wrong.
Toward the end of the story, a protester was quoted comparing bank employees who remain silent to Nazis and the “atrocities” directed toward Jews. Ouch.
A couple pages later, in the same newspaper, was a story about veterans protesting the pipeline. This story was by Reuters News Agency, which got it right by writing: “near an American Indian reservation.” It quoted both sides of the pipeline dispute fairly.
Does the News Tribune care about truth anymore? What about details? Two stories almost side by side. One seemingly meant to inflame, the other to inform.
Last Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a unanimous resolution supporting the pipeline demonstrators. The inflamed rhetoric was not lost on the council. Do any of the councilors even know where Standing Rock is, let alone the complex issues involved? Do they drive cars? Fly in airplanes to somewhere warm in winter? Sleep in a warm bed, in a house heated by fuel oil or natural gas? It takes seven gallons of crude oil to make one car tire. Should we get our oil from the Middle East again? You have to have a pretty short memory not to remember Iraq is not our friend.
Law enforcement has worked to protect everyone. They have been patient and professional. They are on record saying no concussion grenades were used. More than 500 protesters were arrested for breaking the law and over 90 percent of them were from out of state. Many if not most were not Native American. They were environmental activists from other parts of the country.
In essence, the Duluth City Council turned its collective backs not only on bank employees and law enforcement but also on Enbridge Energy. Almost 20 percent of the crude oil imported to the U.S. comes through Enbridge’s Superior terminal. Enbridge has 400 workers and contract workers in Wisconsin. Many live in Duluth. There are scores of other smaller pipeline companies and contractors from Minnesota invested in and working in the oil fields of western North Dakota.
Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means to transport oil. We have an opportunity to gain energy independence. To date, the Army Corps of Engineers held 389 meetings, conferred with more than 55 tribes, and conducted a 1,261-page environmental assessment before finding the Dakota Access infrastructure project has no significant environmental impact. The pipeline has been challenged twice and twice upheld in federal court.
It’s time to complete the pipeline. Jan. 20 can’t come soon enough.
Marty Mulder moved from Duluth to Watford City, N.D., in 1981 to work in the oil fields of western North Dakota. He and his wife Crystal maintain a home on Pike Lake.
Struggle with DUI suspect leaves deputy without an eye
Published December 12, 2016 FoxNews.com
Yesennia Gonzalez, right, was accused of engaging in the struggle that left Traffic Unit Sgt. Mark Bustamante without his left eye.
Yesennia Gonzalez, right, was accused of engaging in the struggle that left Traffic Unit Sgt. Mark Bustamante without his left eye.
A scuffle with a drunken driving suspect in Arizona left a sheriff’s deputy without his left eye, investigators said Sunday.
Pima County deputies had handcuffed 28-year-old Yesennia Gonzalez, but she put up a fight as they tried getting her into a patrol car in Tucson on Saturday, Fox 10 reported.
She deliberately kicked Traffic Unit Sgt. Mark Bustamante in his eye with her boot’s heel, investigators said, adding that doctors could not repair the damage.
Gonzalez faced charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and driving under the influence.
She also was accused of kicking another deputy during the arrest, KNXV reported. Investigators did not give details on the injuries to the second deputy.
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The liberal utopia known as Minneapolis. Next time you need a cop, call your local community organizer instead..
Mayor’s plan to add Minneapolis cops faces community pushback
Neighborhood organizers say it’s not the answer; Mpls. council is ready to vote today.
By Adam Belz and Libor Jany Star Tribune staff writers DECEMBER 7, 2016 — 7:41AM
Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposal to hire 15 more police officers in Minneapolis has run into vocal opposition.
At a public hearing last week, 27 people stepped to the microphone with a simple message: No more cops.
“To allow this item to pass is not only an insult to a lot of the folks in this room, but it’s an act of violence against people of color,” said Sam Dunn of south Minneapolis, one of a succession of people who filled council chambers to oppose the hiring of more officers.
Hiring cops isn’t usually controversial. With violent crime rising citywide and the number of victims wounded by guns up 27 percent this year, the proposal enjoys broad support on the City Council.
But enthusiasm for the move in Minneapolis has been called into question as groups like Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) assert themselves at City Hall. The resistance reflects national ambivalence about increasing police head counts in the wake of the fatal shootings of unarmed black men, and a desire for measures that treat crime like a public health problem that can be prevented before it happens.
“There are a growing number of places across the country that are questioning putting more resources into policing when there are so many other community needs,” said Alex Vitale, a sociologist at Brooklyn College who teaches criminology.
Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown said in July that police are being asked to do too much. “Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve,” Brown said.
Cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco have shifted emphasis into programs that focus on youth development and violence prevention.
The Minneapolis Police Department is working on a series of reforms aimed at regaining public trust and training away officer bias.
“The MPD has, and will continue to, put significant resources in community policing and crime prevention efforts,” Chief Janeé Harteau said in a statement. “However, I have also been clear that we need significant resources to address the current cycle of violent crime in order to provide public safety services and justice for residents affected by violence within the city.”
Officers or programs?
Big city police departments across the country have fewer officers than they did before the recession, and chiefs have long argued their officers have too much responsibility for problems beyond law enforcement, but neither of those factors should be mistaken for an admission that any city has too many police officers, said Darrel Stephens, director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
“It’s lack of resources,” Stephens said. “It’s not a desirable thing.”
In Minneapolis, the call to halt police hiring has gotten little traction with a council that’s set to approve the 2017 budget Wednesday night. The city is now authorized for 862 officers, which is 100 fewer than before budget cuts in 2009. The proposal prompted an angry response from Council President Barb Johnson, whose Fourth Ward is in north Minneapolis, the scene of a disproportionate number of the city’s shootings and where violent crime this year is up 10 percent.
“It is ridiculous to talk about cutting police officers in this budget, and it’s easy for people who don’t deal with people calling them and saying they’re afraid to let their children walk around the block,” Johnson said.
A proposal to shift $400,000 away from the police department into domestic abuse and youth violence prevention — which would have eliminated four of the new officer positions — was voted down 9-3 in a budget meeting Friday. Council Members Lisa Bender, Elizabeth Glidden and Cam Gordon voted for the measure.
“What is the best, most effective way in the long term to use tax dollars to prevent and reduce crime?” Bender asked. “In addition to adding officers, we need to add additional investment in prevention of crime.”
The council ultimately decided to shift money from public works into domestic abuse and youth violence prevention programs. But their attention to the message reveals, with an election less than a year away, the increased clout of NOC, a north Minneapolis advocacy group that turned out most of those opposed to hiring more police.
Tony Williams, an organizer for NOC, told the council he is glad the 2017 budget includes more than $1 million combined for group violence prevention, young male sexual health outreach, collaborative community safety strategies in north Minneapolis and near south Minneapolis, and a mental health co-responder program.
But he believes the police have failed to keep minority communities safe, and his end goal is a smaller department.
“We’re on a trajectory to moving towards a world where we don’t even need as many police as we have right now, because we’re taking care of our community’s safety needs, not in punitive and incarcerative ways,” Williams said.
Hodges said she is not surprised that some are skeptical of police hiring, given the tenor of the national conversation on public safety. She’s glad the council appears to support funding programs aimed at preventing crime, but believes more police officers are also necessary.
“It’s understandable to me that people have concerns with increasing the complement of sworn officers, but for me that investment is about community policing,” she said. “If we are going to expect our officers to be building relationships with community members, we need to give them the time and resources to do that.”
Seventh Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman said additional police officers are badly needed. A fresh reminder came a week ago when gunfire blew out the windows of the Nicollet Diner at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday.
“My constituents, businesses and residents in that area want to see more beat cops on the street,” Goodman said. “That’s what they want, a more visible presence.”
Man threatens local law enforcement officers
Posted a threatening status to Facebook
Melissa Lentz, Web Content & Social Media Producer, email@example.com
POSTED: 03:05 PM CST Dec 09, 2016
UPDATED: 06:34 PM CST Dec 09, 2016
Facebook Threat Against Grand Rapids Police
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. –
A disturbing message appeared on Facebook, around 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 8th, from a 20-year-old Itasca County resident.
The message was a threat to kill law enforcement officers, it read:
“I wanna see some cops get killed, how about you? Especially some Grand Rapids cops.”
Within minutes of the post being published, members of community began notifying the Grand Rapids Police Department and Itasca County Sheriff’s Department. People from as far away as Michigan and Arizona were contacting the departments.
Within the hour, the man was located at a residence in Grand Rapids, and taken into custody, and was held for psychological evaluation, according to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Department.
“In various parts of the United States the relationship between law enforcement and the community is being painted as very strained. Yet, we know this is not reality in Itasca County”, said Grand Rapids Police Sergeant Bob Stein.
Itasca County Sheriff Vic Williams stated, “The men and women who serve as your police officers and deputies want to thank you very much. It is comforting to know that you are looking out for us and have our backs. THANK YOU!!!”
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Since it involved stolen property crossing state lines, I have to wonder why the Feds aren’t involved. Sounds like racketeering, doesn’t it? Public officials should be held to a higher standard, right?
Inver Grove Heights police chief resigns, after accusations of tipoff
By NICK FERRARO | firstname.lastname@example.org
PUBLISHED: December 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm | UPDATED: December 9, 2016 at 8:52 pm
Larry Stanger, the Inver Grove Heights police chief who has been on paid leave since April while being investigated for alleged wrongdoing, will resign as part of a separation agreement reached between him and the city.
Stanger was accused of tipping off the owner of a Prescott, Wis., auto-detailing business that the business would be searched for stolen construction vehicles.
In August, Scott County Attorney Ron Hocevar declined to charge Stanger with public corruption or 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 Inver Grove Heights city policies, procedures or codes was the focus of an investigation by Quinlivan & Hughes, a law firm the city hired in September.
The investigation concluded at the end of November, but city officials have yet to release a report, citing a state law that keeps it private until discipline is imposed or a resignation. The city council discussed the report in a closed meeting Nov. 28.
Neither Stanger nor his attorney returned calls Friday for comment.
Late last year, the Inver Grove Heights and Prescott police departments started working together on the theft case after surveillance and GPS tracking of the stolen vehicles led Inver Grove Heights investigators to the Wisconsin town.
After a search warrant was executed at the Prescott auto-detailing shop, the business’ owner told investigators that Stanger informed him the search was coming. The search did not turn up stolen property.
The business owner initially said he learned about the raid beforehand from Stanger, but when pressed by Scott County investigators he said the tip came through his son, who had talked to Stanger’s son, who had spoken with his father.
Stanger’s son and the business owner’s son are friends.
Scott County’s investigation included interviews with three Inver Grove Heights detectives, all of whom said the police chief regularly asked them for updates in the theft case — and that it was unusual for him to do so.
In a June interview with a Scott County detective, Stanger denied sharing any information about the theft case with his son. According to an investigation report, the police chief said he did ask his son “very pointed” questions about the business owner, such as, “Have you ever been at his shop in Prescott? … Have you ever bought any parts, auto parts?”
Stanger added, “Again, he’s a smart kid. He’s gonna know that, why would my dad ask me this stuff? But he can draw his own conclusions. He’s an adult.”
LEAVE WILL CONTINUE
Stanger, who lives in Cottage Grove, 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.
In his absence, Lt. Sean Folmar has been acting police chief.
Under terms of the agreement, Stanger’s resignation will become effective April 30. He will remain on paid leave through Jan. 2 and then use his accrued paid vacation time and personal leave through April 30. The city will also pay for his health care coverage through April 30.
The agreement includes a 15-day period during which Stanger or the city can rescind it.
Stanger is the second Dakota County police chief to resign this month. Mendota Heights Police Chief Mike Aschenbrener resigned on Tuesday, after the controversial firing of a longtime sergeant and the release of a consultant’s report that concluded the department has a culture of “divisiveness.”
CDC: Heroin Deaths Surpassed Firearm-Related Homicides in 2015
The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers show heroin deaths surpassed firearm-related homicides for the first time ever in 2015.
The number of heroin deaths was 12,989 and the number of firearm-related homicides was 12,979.
The Washington Post published the CDC numbers, which show the deaths from all opioids combined topped 33,000 in 2015. That means opioid deaths outnumbered firearm-related homicides nearly 3 to 1.
Opioids include heroin and prescription drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and oxymorphone.
In November 2015 Breitbart News reported Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers which showed the death rate from all drugs combined–opioid or otherwise–was 46,471 in 2013. For that same year, the death firearm-related death rate–including homicides, suicides, and accidental deaths–was 33,636. So drug-related deaths surpassed all types of gun deaths by nearly 13,000.
Car-related deaths surpassed gun deaths in 2013 as well. There were 33,636 gun-related deaths that year and 35,369 car-related deaths. And Breitbart News reported that Duke University researcher Chris Conover explained that car deaths, when viewed as a percentage, were so much higher than gun deaths that evidence showed that owning a car is “80 percent” riskier than owning a gun.
Conover explained this by pointing to the fact there were nearly 100 million fewer cars than guns in 2013. Yet even with 100 million fewer cars the number of people killed in or by cars surpassed the number of people who died in a gun-related death.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of “Bullets with AWR Hawkins,” a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at email@example.com.
So, what ever happened to this story? I’m kind of guessing the ISD 709 and the media just want it to go away. The silence is deafening.
ANTI-TRUMP PICTURE SPARKS INVESTIGATION AT DULUTH’S ORDEAN-EAST MIDDLE SCHOOL
By Kevin Jacobsen
The anti-Trump picture was discovered inside a glass case at Ordean-East Middle School on Monday.
School District officials say the school principal was made away of the picture on Tuesday and immediately took it out of the case.
School personnel and the school resource officer are looking into how and when it got into the case.
“Sadly, (it’s) another example of the increase in inappropriate and unacceptable behavior related to the election that we’re working to address in our schools,” a statement from the school district read.
Gratitude toward all law enforcement
By Letters to the Editor
Published 11:47 am Thursday, December 8, 2016
I am writing to express my gratitude to all who work in law enforcement in our area.
Thank you for doing your job to keep our community safe. Whenever I see you drive through my neighborhood, I feel safer knowing you are there. I have an older woman friend who lives by herself. She told me of a very scary visitor she had at her door late one night recently.
She was how very relieved and grateful when she called 911 and had a law enforcement officer show up within five minutes.
I am glad when I see the police car sitting outside of Adams school in the morning as the children are streaming in. It’s nice to know that just the police sitting in his squad car gives more safety to our children.
A few years ago I came home to a squad car sitting in our driveway. A very kind and patient officer was in my house with my father-in-law who had walked a block from our house and couldn’t find his way home. Thankfully a neighbor called the police and somehow the policeman was able to figure out where my father-in-law needed to go. When I came in I found the two of them having a good visit.
When I apologized to the officer for the inconvenience that we caused him he said no it isn’t often that he gets to spend time with such a nice man like my father-in-law. How good that made me and my father-in-law feel.
I’ll bet there are others who are reading this who could share similar stories.
Why not write and encourage our law officers in this way? Way too often we go on in our busy lives simply taking these kinds of blessings for granted, never expressing our gratitude.
I am very sorry for all the violence, attacks, disrespect and accusations that law enforcement officers have suffered recently.
I know that these men and women are not perfect nor do they do their jobs perfectly at all times. But when I try to imagine being in their shoes under the extreme pressure they are under and doing their jobs as well as they do, I know I never could. I also imagine what a scary place it would be to live where there were no police or sheriffs or firemen or others who put their lives in danger for strangers and often ungrateful and uncooperative strangers at that.
I don’t have to imagine what it would be like if all of our “good” law enforcement officers quit out of frustration and fear, I wouldn’t blame them sometimes.
I have lived in countries where most of the police force are corrupt, where when you call them with an emergency you don’t know if they’ll show up within an hour or maybe in 24 hours.
If you can, you avoid calling them because they’re showing up might mean more trouble and often involves a bribe of some kind.
So again I say thank you to all the law enforcement officers for the great and difficult jobs you do.
I also want you to know that I pray for your safety and I pray the Lord’s strength and blessings on you and your families.
Male arrested on sale of methamphetamine charges
67-year-old Duluth resident
POSTED: 02:35 PM CST Dec 08, 2016
DULUTH, Minn. –
In a multi-agency investigation between members of the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Superior Police Department, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Investigators conducted a search warrant in the 1300 block of East 2nd Street in Duluth, on December 5, 2016.
Investigators arrested 67-year-old John Raymond Logergren, a resident of Duluth. Logergren was in possession of approximately 16 grams of methamphetamine and other evidence of methamphetamine sales.
Logergren was formerly charged on Thursday, December 8, 2016, in St. Louis County District Court with 1st and 2nd degree sale of methamphetamine. He is currently being held at the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth.
He is currently on federal probation for distribution of meth and has several prior felony convictions which include at least four separate convictions for burglary. This includes a federal convictions for burglarizing a pharmacy, distribution of cocaine, and distribution of meth.