Most law enforcement agencies are strapped for cash these days. But a federal program has given them the opportunity to receive brand new military equipment for free; they only have to pay the price of shipping. For many, it seems like a win-win, allowing the feds to dump surplus and local agencies to get cheap equipment. For others, it’s an obvious sign of trouble in the further militarization of police. [Read more…]
If they ever do a CSI: Minnesota, they probably shouldn’t consult with the St. Paul Crime Lab. Following some alarming admissions by St. Paul police crime lab workers, the lab has stopped accepting some drug tests and officials say the lab will be undergoing some major changes after a full review.
More and more Americans own guns. In Minnesota, one in 40 adults is licensed to carry. That puts our state right in the middle when compared with others. In New Jersey, it’s one in 4,200. In Utah, it’s one in seven. [Read more…]
A Minneapolis woman has filed a lawsuit against the police department for ransacking her home and shooting her dog. The incident happened in March when the police were looking for a sex offender who had escaped from his halfway house. What happened in the hours following his escape would ultimately cost a family their pets and thousands of dollars in damage to their home. [Read more…]
Sergeant David Clifford of the Minneapolis Police Department, 47-years old and a SWAT team leader, is facing charges of third-degree felony assault after sending a man to the hospital last week. According to the Star-Tribune, Clifford punched fellow restaurant patron in the head, sending him backwards to the pavement after he said the man was talking offensively. [Read more…]
Last year, an 18-member Minneapolis SWAT team stormed an apartment searching for a drug dealer, narcotics, and a gun. They found none of the above, but did severely injure one of the residents and are now paying for their mistake. The Minneapolis City Council approved a $1 million settlement for the woman injured in the raid, though this wasn’t the first nor the costliest settlement paid out after a grenade thrown by police. [Read more…]
A law created to fight organized crime and racketeering is now being used to prosecute people for robbery in the federal courts. So, while robbing a McDonald’s might not pay off big financially, your offense could pay off in a horrible way if you are confronted with what’s known as the Hobbs Act. [Read more…]
Aggravated stalking, under Minnesota law, is a very serious offense. The law says if you engage in a pattern of harassing conduct against someone and you should have reason to suspect that the actions would cause the alleged victim to be afraid for their safety, and the actions actually do cause the victim to fear for their safety, you can face up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. That’s exactly what one California man is facing after allegedly stalking an Apple Valley woman for several years. [Read more…]