The group Black Lives Matter is expected to make their way toward the Minnesota State Fair Saturday. The group says about 1,000 people are expected to march along a mile-and-a-half route from Hamline Park toward the fair’s main gates.
Officials believe terror groups are still here, recruiting in Minnesota. A delegation from the state will travel to Washington next week to be part of a summit on countering violent extremism. The goal is to find ways to engage at-risk communities and to stop extremists from recruiting for terror groups.
Hundreds of high school students witnessed a touching tribute Wednesday to an officer killed in the line of duty. It’s been four months since Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was gunned down as he made a traffic stop in West St. Paul. He graduated from St. Paul’s Humboldt High School in 1985. Mendota Heights Police Officer John Larrive spoke on behalf of the family at the ceremony in the school gym.
St. Paul Police welcomed the first Somali female officer to the department on Saturday. Kadra Mohamed joined the department as part of its community liaison program. Kenyan-born Mohamed graduated from Central High School in 2010. She will graduate from St. Cloud State with a criminal justice degree in May, but she got her badge Saturday and spoke some words of wisdom to future recruits.
A St. Paul boy whose feet were severed by a moving train last summer got a chance to thank first responders Thursday. In August, Marshawn Robinson was playing by some tracks near his home as a moving train went by. He apparently slipped and fell, and both of his feet were severed near his ankles. Thursday, the emergency workers who were the first to provide medical care were honored by Regions Hospital. This was the first time since the accident that Marshawn had a chance to talk to the people who stood by him during the scariest time of his life. Officer Marshall Titus was the first to arrive on the scene.
A St. Paul police officer issued an apology Tuesday after a photo of him in traditional Islamic women’s clothing made its way through social media this weekend.
A man who was beaten by St. Paul Police joined his lawyer and leaders from the NAACP and African American Leadership Council at Lewis Park in St. Paul on Saturday, the same place where police arrested Hightower four days ago.
The Dakota, Ramsey and Washington county attorneys have met with St. Paul’s police chief to discuss issues relating to how the St. Paul Crime Lab handles narcotics cases.