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Statement from Sheriff Hutchinson December 8, 2021 (Minneapolis) – Early this morning, I was involved in single car crash in Douglas County near Alexandria, MN. I was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating this crash as a DUI. I made the inexcusable decision to drive after drinking alcohol and I am deeply sorry. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in...

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, a protest was held outside the courtroom holding the trial for Kim Potter, the veteran cop of Brooklyn Center that shot and killed, at the time, 21 year old Daunte Wright, this past April–claiming she thought she’d grab her taser despite working as a cop since 1997. Moments before the march began a man drove his car past a barricade, down the road through a group of protesters who managed to...

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The child welfare system is predicated on the subjugation, surveillance, control, and punishment of mostly poor Black and Native children and families. – Upendmovement.org upEND is a national organization fighting to uproot child protection services, referring to it as a “family policing service.” Child protective services remove children from their family for various reasons–most pertaining to the parents being “unfit.” These children are often put up for forced adoption, and if not adopted, are placed...

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The 17-page juror questionnaire for the Kimberly Potter trial is sectioned off in six parts including a total of nearly 80 questions. Potter, the former Brooklyn Center officer, is charged with first-degree and second-degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright on April 11 just miles away from where the Derek Chauvin Trial was happening. During that trial the public witnessed first hand the significance of the jury selection process and how it...

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“If their pastor’s Al Sharpton right now, that’s fine. But then that’s it. We don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here … sitting with the victim’s family, trying to influence a jury in this case,” Gough said. Kevin Gough, William “Roddie” Bryan’s lawyer, spoke to the judge and voiced his objections to the presence of civil rights leaders like Reverend Al Sharpton in the courtroom as “intimidation” during the trial of the killing of...

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The community can now be apart of the Kim Potter trial… After it was decided there’d be no broadcasting of the Kimberly Potter trial, Minneapolis’ social justice community began to feel silenced. #StopTheCoverUp is a “spreading” saying in the streets of Minneapolis. A saying used in these particular situations where the community feels excluded from systemic decision making, as the community wants part in the justice they’re fighting for. But, it has now been accounted that...

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What happened at pop star Travis Scott’s AstroWorld has stirred the news with controversy. On one end, fans feel an unending support for Scott, defending him and suggesting him innocent. And on the other hand, he has been addressed in a way some would call a “conspiracy,” claiming Scott disregarded human lives over his performance and had evil attributes within the event. Regardless of what side you may fall on, there is a piece to...

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Early Friday afternoon mother of Hardel Sherell, Del Shea Perry, held a press conference outside the new Minnesota Board of Medical Examiners location, demanding to shutdown MEnD Correctional Care.  After Perry’s 27 year old son was neglected of adequate medical attention in Beltrami County Jail resulting in his death, Perry feels they have broken not only the 8th amendment of equal treatment in correctional facilities, but the oath medical specialists take in valuing the lives...

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“The lawyers for each side question the potential jurors about their biases and backgrounds, as well as any pre-existing knowledge they might have about the case. The attorneys can also ask questions designed to uncover characteristics or experiences that might cause potential jurors to favor either the prosecution or the defense.” – Nolo.com You may have heard concerns that the jury selection in Ahmaud Arbery’s trial does not reflect his community. 11 white jurors and...

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Election polls are closed, and results are circulating across the state of Minnesota. Minneapolis specifically had a weighted decision to make, as there were three important “yes or no” questions on their electoral ballots that will ultimately affect the future state of the city.  Question 1 was on government structure, which ruled in as “yes” for the majority in Tuesday’s election, making Frey as re-elected mayor, a “Strong Mayor.” What this means is the city council...

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