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Minneapolis police: Shots fired at National Guard and Minneapolis police members

Minneapolis police: Shots fired at National Guard and Minneapolis police members

A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team were fired upon early Sunday morning in north Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, at around 4:15 a.m., a light-colored SUV fired shots at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police team who was providing neighborhood security in the vicinity of Penn Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

No members of the team were seriously injured, said police.

The Minnesota National Guard stated that two National Guard members did sustain minor injuries from the incident. One National Guard member was taken to a hospital to receive care for lacerations from shattered glass. The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries.

No further information is available at this time.


17-year-old girl shot to death Thursday in Little Village

17-year-old girl shot to death Thursday in Little Village

A 17-year-old girl was shot and killed Thursday night in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.

The shooting happened at 7:45 p.m. on the 4100 block of West 25th Place on Thursday. The teen, identified as Lydia Jimenez, was a passenger in a vehicle when shots were fired and she got hit in the head.

The girl was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the car was not injured.

No one is in custody as police are still investigating. If you have any information, you can leave an anonymous tip at cpdtip.com.


There will be no protests over this girl's death.

There will be no "Justice for Lydia" movement.

No one will march chanting "Say Her Name". We will probably never hear her mentioned in the news again.

Union members under fire for booting National Guard from St. Paul Labor Center

Union members under fire for booting National Guard from St. Paul Labor Center

Union members in St. Paul kicked out Minnesota National Guard soldiers who were using the St. Paul Labor Center on West 7th Street as a temporary staging area Wednesday night.

In a video posted on Facebook by a registered nurse and member of the Minnesota Nurses Association, union members can be seen and heard mocking the soldiers and telling them to 'get out' and 'go home.'

It happened as the National Guard was mobilizing in the aftermath of the killing of Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center police officer.

'We came down here to confront them,' Cliff Willmeng, a registered nurse, says on the video he posted. 'The labor movement and the National Guard has had a river of blood between the two institutions.'


It was reported elsewhere that one of the unions that shares the center had invited the Guard to use the facility.

And then there was one...

Charles Coolidge, Medal of Honor Recipient Who Fought Boldly in WWII, Dead at 99

8 Apr 2021

Military.com | By Stephen Losey

Charles Coolidge, one of the nation's most storied World War II veterans and a Medal of Honor recipient, has died at the age of 99.

Coolidge passed away Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, while surrounded by his family, the Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center announced.

"Tennessee has lost a beloved son and one of its bravest men," Coolidge's grandson Brad wrote in the obituary posted by the center, also located in Chattanooga.

Before his death, Coolidge was the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient. There is now only one other living recipient who was recognized for actions during World War II, Iwo Jima veteran Marine Cpl. Hershel "Woody" Williams. According to the National World War II Museum's website, there were 473 Medal of Honor recipients from that war.


A security guard's job

Long long ago I worked security at a hospital. We had strict instructions that unless one of the parties with a hospital patient, we were not to intervene in any incident. We were to call the police and be witnesses.

If we chose to intervene in something between non-patients, we would be fired and be on our own for any legal or civil repercussions.

I can understand why the security guard who saw the attack in New York took no action, he likely is under similar if not stricter conditions. It has been reported he called the police. I did not see that on video, but he may have radioed a dispatcher who called.

That does not explain however why he did not render aid after the attack was over.

'Enough is enough': Law enforcement partners announce plan to reopen George Floyd Square

'Enough is enough': Law enforcement partners announce plan to reopen George Floyd Square

Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement leaders from local and federal departments came together to announce a new plan to reopen George Floyd Square in Minneapolis and hold those who are committing violence accountable.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo recognized it's an important area for many people but acknowledged that violence there has gotten out of hand, calling it "staggering and unacceptable."

Arradondo, along with the U.S. Attorney's Office, Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, FBI Minneapolis Field Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the focus will now shift to restoring order in the area.

"I'm putting them on notice, enough is enough. Our community will not tolerate this anymore," Arradondo said when asked about those contributing to the violence.

Law enforcement taking point on this will go over like a fart in church... doing it during the trial will be like a flamethrower in a dynamite factory.

Derek Chauvin's defense asks to delay and move trial in light of Minneapolis settlement...

Derek Chauvin's defense asks to delay and move trial in light of Minneapolis settlement with George Floyd's family

Derek Chauvin's defense attorney Eric Nelson asked the court Monday to delay Chauvin's criminal trial and move the venue in the wake of a $27 million civil settlement between Minneapolis and George Floyd's family.

In a hearing Monday, Nelson said he is "gravely concerned" by the announcement, calling it "incredibly prejudicial."

"It's amazing to me, they had a press conference on Friday, where the mayor of Minneapolis is on stage with city council, and they're using very, what I would say, very well-designed terminology. 'The unanimous decision of the city council,' for example. It just goes straight to the heart of the dangers of pretrial publicity in this case," Nelson said.

Nelson said the court should "strongly consider" their request to delay the trial and move it outside of Hennepin County. He also asked for extra peremptory strikes and re-questioning of jurors who had been selected.

I had questioned the announcement and timing on Friday if it would have an effect on the trial. The answer seems to be yes.
It appears the judge is saying no to moving venue but will consider delaying the trial. Also one potential juror has been dismissed has been dismissed because of her reaction to hearing about the settlement. The jurors who have already been selected will be called back for further questioning.

Minneapolis City Council approves $27M settlement in George Floyd family lawsuit

Minneapolis City Council approves $27M settlement in George Floyd family lawsuit

The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd's family over the Black man's death in police custody, even as jury selection continued in a former officer's murder trial.

The Minneapolis City Council emerged from a closed session to announce the record settlement, which includes $500,000 for the neighborhood where Floyd was arrested. Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called a news conference for 1 p.m. that was to include family members.

Crump, in a prepared statement, said it was the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever, and "sends a powerful message that Black lives do matter and police brutality against people of color must end."

Floyd was declared dead on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a former officer who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes. Floyd's death sparked sometimes violent protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a national reckoning on racial justice.

Will the defense argue this settlement prejudices the trial?

Chinatown Shop Owner Who Saved Woman from Robbery By Firing Gun is Arrested, Bailed Out

Chinatown Shop Owner Who Saved Woman from Robbery By Firing Gun is Arrested, Bailed Out

An Oakland Chinatown liquor store owner was arrested and bailed out after firing his gun four times to save a woman in her 30s from a violent robbery on Monday. The 36-year-old store owner faces one count of felony assault with a firearm. He was bailed out on Tuesday at $60,000, the Alameda County Sheriff’s department said, according to KTVU. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

New Oakland Chief of Police LeRonne Armstrong addressed the incident on Tuesday, saying he would prefer residents to call the authorities rather than getting involved, CBS San Francisco reported. “Our message really is that we don’t want to see our business owners or others begin to arm themselves,” the police chief told reporters. “We would really prefer them to be good witnesses and give us the observations that they have; share that information, call law enforcement immediately and let OPD respond and follow up. What we really don’t want to do is bring any additional issues that threaten safety into the equation.”

Armstrong also pointed out the problem authorities may face when they cannot determine who the assailant is when armed citizens intervene. Another issue the police chief raised is the potential injuries when armed citizens fire their weapons in the community. “Particularly, we don’t want people to fire weapons into our community,” he said. “When weapons are fired in our community, there could be unintended victims; people who are hit by gunfire. And we want to avoid that as much as we can.” Carl Chan, head of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, spoke to other community members and said they felt sad “that someone is trying to help others and ends up to be the one arrested or being in custody.” “So, I think many of the people feel strongly that we should be supporting the store owner,” he added.

Chan continues to appeal for more police patrols in Oakland Chinatown as armed security guards, funded by donations from the community, patrol the streets. However, he fears that without more cops, business owners might have to resort to arming themselves and take matters into their own hands. “I am so worried because I heard the news that many people are trying to find ways to protect themselves,” Chan said. “And we do not believe that violence against violence is the way to go.”


This is why stand your ground laws have taken hold. When police arrest the person who stops the violent robbery, saying you should just take notes as someone is being beaten and robbed. Especially in an Asian community that is already suffering from increased racially motivated violence.

Tennessee principal apologizes for 'All Lives Matter' theme for Black History Month

Tennessee principal apologizes for 'All Lives Matter' theme for Black History Month

The principal at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, middle school has apologized after announcing that the school's Black History Month theme would be "All Lives Matter."

East Ridge Middle School announced the theme in its weekly newsletter, which was sent out to families Sunday.

Principal Christy Caldwell Drake issued an apology Monday, explaining that her inspiration for the theme was a mural in the school which says "Where Every Child Matters."

"I want to apologize for not more fully considering the context of that theme," she wrote in a letter that was sent to families.


That definitely could have been considered a little more.
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