Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges said Tuesday that they are looking for a leader outside of law enforcement to investigate the arrest of community activist Al Flowers, who says he was beaten over the weekend by city police.
Community activists are standing by one of their own after Al Flowers says he was assaulted by police at his home in south Minneapolis. Flowers was arrested Saturday after police say he didn’t cooperate with them as they issued a search warrant for the arrest of his 16-year-old daughter.
The decision to fire two Minneapolis police officers, both of which are military veterans, for using racial slurs and other derogatory remarks in Green Bay, Wis., last year was upheld by the city’s Civil Service Commission.
Community activist Al Flowers says he could feel every blow given to him by Minneapolis Police officers during an arrest at his home late Saturday night. Flowers was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer after an altercation with police inside his home.
The family of a known local activist says he was beaten and kicked by police this weekend. Al Flowers was just released from the Hennepin County Jail Sunday. A mug shot shows his bruised face and bandaged head.
Janee Harteau is the chief of police in Minneapolis, where she’s trying to stop violence in the city. She told WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar that currently there are 779 officers on the street, but she would like more.
On Wednesday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau walked the beat on the north side, on Thursday, he biked on the south side. She says there’s been concern in the Lake and Franklin Street areas about an increase in car and bike thefts.
Minneapolis police are asking for help in identifying two men they’d like to talk to in connection to Wednesday’s triple shooting that left three women seriously injured.
Minneapolis’ police chief plans to hit the streets herself Tuesday, just days after a violent weekend that left two shooting victims dead. So far this year, at least 16 people have been killed in Minneapolis. Eleven of those suspected murders happened on the city’s north side.
Minneapolis Police allowed WCCO to see firsthand how officers trained for handling last month’s “Dinkytown Disturbance.” Police say they were far more prepared for last month’s event than they were during the riot in 2003. Each of these police situations occurred after the Gopher men’s hockey team appeared in national championship games.
Tuesday was a day of awards for the Minneapolis Police Department. At a morning ceremony, Chief Janeé Harteau handed out several awards to different officers.
North Minneapolis makes up 20 percent of the city, but 50 percent of the city’s murders have taken place there in the past 14 years. Community, philanthropic and religious leaders joined police and U.S. and county attorneys to have a candid and intimate discussion on Friday.
Lawmakers, police and University of Minnesota officials met Tuesday to discuss improving student safety the school’s Twin Cities campus.
Violent crime is up by 4 percent in Minneapolis but overall it remains at one of the lowest levels in 30 years. Homicide is down from last year and so is rape.
Gov. Mark Dayton says the state will not cooperate with Minneapolis police to investigate police misconduct. That’s after the Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced the plan Wednesday, after months of consultation with the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).