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Cell Video Shows Cop Allegedly Threatening To Break Teen Suspect’s Leg

A smartphone appears to have captured a Minneapolis police officer threatening a teenager. Seventeen-year-old Faysal Mohamed says the video — recorded on March 18 — shows an officer talking to his friend after they were pulled over.

04/03/2015

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Body Recovered From Mississippi River ID’d As Missing U Of M Student

Officials said the body of a young woman was recovered from the Mississippi River Wednesday evening. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office said the body was found by the county’s water patrol near the 10th Avenue Bridge at about 7 p.m.

04/02/2015

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6 Suspects Caught In N. Minneapolis Home Break-In Wave

Police in Minneapolis today are investigating a rash of home break-ins.

Burglars have broken into at least 42 homes in North Minneapolis over the past two weeks.

03/31/2015

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Session 2015: Lawmakers Have Lots Left To Tackle After Break

The Legislature has reached its spring break before grinding its way to the May 18 mandatory adjournment. Once lawmakers return in early April they’ll concentrate on shaping a new two-year budget, but there’s much more hanging in the balance. Here’s a look at where many issues stand.

03/28/2015

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Good Question: How Effective Are Lie Detector Tests?

Ten-year-old Barway Collins has now been missing for a week. On Tuesday, Crystal police called his father a suspect in the boy’s disappearance. They say he failed a lie detector test.

03/25/2015

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Police Seek Help Finding Missing Crystal Boy

Authorities in the northwest metro are asking the public’s help in finding a missing 10-year-old boy. The Crystal Police Department says Barway Edwin Collins was last seen Wednesday afternoon near his apartment building on the 400 block of Douglas Drive North.

03/19/2015

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Pet Blog Video Of The Week: Dachshund Cops!

The world can’t get enough of wiener dogs on patrol! Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund is back, and he’s still in hot pursuit of one dirty dog. You can get your Crusoe fix by visiting his own YouTube channel.

03/19/2015

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Cops: Woman Arrested For Assault After Burned Popcorn Argument

Police in Chaska say that in the last week a woman was arrested for domestic assault following an argument over burned popcorn.

03/18/2015

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Man, 20, Charged In Ferguson Police Shooting

Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri, say a 20-year-old man faces charges following the shooting last week of two police officers.

03/15/2015

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Minn. Lawmakers Debate Regulations For Police Body Cameras

Minnesota lawmakers are struggling to regulate new technology allowing police to wear body cameras and record everyday contacts with the public. The use of body cams is growing rapidly on police forces across the country, including Minnesota. It’s raising questions about when, and how, they can be used.

03/13/2015

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Mpls. Selected In Nat’l Initiative To Curb Racial Bias

Minneapolis has been selected as one of six cities to host a pilot initiative designed to improve relations between police and the communities they serve.

03/12/2015

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Legislature May Punt Body Camera Guidelines To Next Year

Despite body cameras’ growing use by police and concerns about how to handle sensitive footage, a top House lawmaker said Wednesday he plans to hold off on passing any restrictions this year. Rep. Tony Cornish, chairman of the House’s public safety committee, told The Associated Press he may instead push for a study and perhaps tackle the issue again in 2016.

03/11/2015

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Walker Becomes More Involved In Wake Of Police Shooting

A representative for the family of a 19-year-old biracial man shot and killed by a white Madison police officer says Gov. Scott Walker promised to call the man’s mother to help console her.

03/11/2015

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Police Investigating 2 Fatal Crashes In Twin Cities

The Minnesota State Patrol says two motorists were killed in separate accidents in the Twin Cities early Sunday morning. The first crash happened at about 2 a.m. Sunday at an intersection in Burnsville.

03/09/2015

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Protests Follow Fatal Police Shooting Of Unarmed 19-Year-Old

Peaceful protesters in Madison took to the college town’s streets with chants of “Black Lives Matter” following the fatal shooting of an unarmed, black 19-year-old by a white police officer, who authorities say fired after he was assaulted. The city’s police chief said he understood the anger, assuring demonstrators his department would defend their rights as he implored the community to act with restraint.

03/08/2015

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Good Question: What’s The Harm In Using Racial Descriptions?

The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will reduce the number of incidents it uses race to describe criminals.

02/25/2015

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Lawmakers Advised To Set Data Policy Beyond Police Body Cams

Minnesota lawmakers are being advised to think beyond police officer body cameras as they consider how to manage loads of data being scooped up by newer law enforcement tools. Government data policy expert Don Gemberling told the House Civil Law Committee on Tuesday that fast-evolving technology makes it important that any rewrite of access laws isn’t too narrowly focused.

02/10/2015

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For Police Body Cameras, Big Costs Loom In Storing Footage

The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer’s unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years, according to contracts, invoices and company data reviewed by The Associated Press.

02/06/2015

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Police Camped In Jordan, In Pursuit Of Suspect In SLP Shootout

Authorities say a 41-year-old man is at large and is considered to be armed and dangerous after an officer-involved shooting in St. Louis Park Tuesday morning and brandishing a gun at a Byerly’s store.

02/03/2015

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Dayton Says Body Cam Video Should Be ‘Carefully Limited’

As Minnesota’s debate over police body-camera footage revs up, Gov. Mark Dayton says the data captured “needs to be confined and carefully limited.”

02/02/2015

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Bill Seeks To Keep Police Body Cam Footage Private

Body cameras are quickly becoming part of the uniform for several police forces across the country and in Minnesota. But there is some concern about what should happen to all the video.

01/30/2015

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Debate Over Access To Body Camera Footage Arrives At Capitol

Minnesota lawmakers are wading into a debate over access to footage caught on police body cameras. A law enforcement-backed proposal to put strict limits on who sees body camera videos was introduced Thursday in the House. A Senate version isn’t far behind.

01/29/2015

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Lawmakers Renew Push To Regulate License Plate Readers

Minnesota lawmakers are restarting a two-year-long push to set rules for how law enforcement agencies use automated license plate readers. The cameras are usually mounted on squad cars, logging car locations into a database. Police say they help track down stolen cars and aid in investigations.

01/22/2015

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Lawmakers Debate Police Use Of License Plate Readers

Minnesota lawmakers opened hearings Thursday on a bill to regulate how long police can keep computer images of your car and license plate. Police store tens of thousands of those images — even if you haven’t committed a crime.

01/15/2015

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Mpls. Police Watch For The Vulnerable In The Bitter Cold

Minneapolis Police officers are being asked to keep an eye out for people on the street who may not be dressed properly, or are in need of help. “It doesn’t take long in these sub-zero temperatures for people to get hurt,” said First Precinct Inspector Medaria Arradondo. He says one of his officers has even started to hand out blankets to those in need.

01/06/2015

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