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).
Looking for a way to overcome some of this year’s problems, a citizens advisory council presented a plan for Minneapolis police for 2014. Chief Janeé Harteau assembled the 50 member group this year to improve relations between the police department and the community.
WCCO-TV learned Wednesday night that the Minneapolis police union won’t fight the firing of two officers caught on camera using racial slurs. The police chief terminated SWAT officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell last week after the two got into a confrontation in Green Bay, Wis., last summer.
Sources tell WCCO-TV that two Minneapolis police officers facing discipline after an incident in Green Bay will tell their side of the story to investigators next week. They’ve been on paid leave since the incident more than four months ago.
The Hennepin Countr Grand Jury declined to press charges against police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in south Minneapolis.
The city’s top cop is now a married woman. According to the spokeswoman for Minneapolis Police, Chief Janee Harteau married her partner of 25 years, Sgt. Holly Keegel, on Friday. Keegel is also with the department.
The Minneapolis Police Department released a statement Thursday concerning the May 10 officer-involved shooting in Uptown that left two officers injured and a 22-year-old suspect dead.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with a Citizen’s Advisory Council this afternoon to talk about the recent race-related problems involving a handful of officers. Off-duty officers allegedly used racial slurs during recent bar fights in both Green Bay and Apple Valley.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau is promising decisive action after the investigations are complete into off duty officers’ conduct on two separate occasions.
On Saturday, the Minneapolis Police Officers Federation issued a statement about two cases involving off-duty officers accused of racial bias. The Federation says it concurs with Chief Janee Harteau’s statement that “racism and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated within the MPD.” They said they want exactly what Chief Harteau wants: the community’s trust that officers will impartially and objectively protect the public. The union wants a seat at the table when the powers that be meet to discuss how to deal with these accusations of misconduct.
One week after two Minneapolis Police officers were suspended after being accused of using racial slurs in Green Bay, three other officers are accused of using racial slurs in another bar fight. The latest instance occurred last November in Apple Valley. Police paperwork shows there are again accusations of racial slurs, but the officers involved deny using such language. The Apple Valley incident unfolded at Bogart’s Place, when group of white men walked out of the bar, three of which are said to be off-duty officers: Andrew Allen, Christopher Bennett and William Woodis.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis in June. Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.
Video released Monday shows Minneapolis Police Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell telling Green Bay Police about a fight with a group of black men in late June – an incident that resulted in both officers being placed on paid administrative leave. When Green Bay Police arrived, dash cam video shows off-duty officers Thole and Powell in the middle of a confrontation – which they continue to pursue even after police try and break it up.
Thousands packed the People’s Square outside the Government Center in downtown Minneapolis to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin Monday evening. People from across Minnesota came to the rally to support the civil rights prosecution of Zimmerman in a scene similar to rallies being held around the country. For 22-year-old Kyle Mason, the circumstances surrounding the Zimmerman verdict were nothing out of the ordinary. “The recent events of Trayvon Martin really bothered me but they don’t surprise me, which makes it even more bothersome,” Mason said.