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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 09.20.08 1. Colombia 9.21 12:25pm 2. Peace/creativity 9.21 12:30pm 3. Peace in the park 9.21 1pm 4. Stillwater vigil 9.21 1pm 5. YAWR/metro-wide 9.21 2pm 6. Amnesty Intl 9.21 3pm 7. NRP/950AM 9.21 3pm How to file a complaint against a Mpls police officer: 8. Cam Gordon 9. Lydia Howell ==a Moving Mountains; I've seen American torture ==b People rebel after Minneapolis cops shoot boy ==c Michael Quinn 10. Michael Cavlan 11. Diane Peterson 12. Cam Gordon police raids: 13. Jen Howard - Charges vs journalists at RNC dropped; questions remain 14. Dennis Geisinger - Two Mpls council members: investigate RNC police 15. Chris Steller - City Council 4: NO investigation of Mpls police 16. ed - Comment on #15 17. ed - What the council does best (haiku) --------1 of 17-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Colombia 9.21 12:25pm Sunday, 9/21, 12:15 to 2 pm, Twin Cities Peace with Justice Forum series (of the ELCA demonimation) presents Jairo Suzrez, a Colombian Lutheran pastor and human rights worker, speaking on "A Call to Peace: Colombia, Peacebuilding and You," Central Lutheran Church, 3rd Ave and 12th St (next to Mpls Convention Center), Mpls. Info from dhilden [at] comcast.net or 612-825-1481. (Lunch available for $7. Validated parking available in the Central lot/ramp on the south side of the church.) --------2 of 17-------- From: "wamm [at] mtn.org" <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Peace/creativity 9.21 12:30pm Our Journey Home: Finding Peace through Creativity Sunday, September 21, 12:30 to 7:00 p.m. The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis. How is peace a creative act? How can one individual make a difference? Come celebrate in a gathering at the crossroads of peace, creativity and imagination. Sami Rasouli of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) and Iraqi Art Project, recently returned from Iraq to his other home, Minneapolis. Carol Pearce Bjorlie, musician, poet, peace activist, Loft Instructor, U of W-River Falls music instructor. Rare gallery art show bringing together Iraqi and American artists (proceeds of art sales will both support the artists and the work of MPT), small-group discussions, hands-on workshops, performances by guests include Voices for Peace and Pangea World Theater demonstrating how to use your creativity in the service of peace, food from Indian restaurant. Sponsored by: Peace Writers. Co-sponsored by: Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. --------3 of 17-------- From: Charles Underwood <charleyunderwood [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Peace in the park 9.21 1pm Sunday, 9/21, 1 to 5 pm, International Peace Day in the Park, with multicultural sharing from community groups, tai chi, etc, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo. Theresa A May-Finch, 612-345-1537 or theresa [at] heavenonearthhealing.com --------4 of 17-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 9.21 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 --------5 of 17-------- From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: YAWR/metro-wide 9.21 2pm This Sunday, participate in the first Youth Against War & Racism meeting of the 2008-2009 school year. We will be discussing our ARMY OF NONE campaign. In February, following several walkouts by thousands of students, the Minneapolis School Board voted to ban military recruiters from school hallways and cafeterias and restrict them to career centers. Most importantly, the resolution allows peace groups to table when recruiters come to a school to counter their lies and pro-war propaganda. wThe resolution gives the opportunity to minimize the effect military recruiters have on students. However, this victory is only a small step to getting military recruiters out of schools altogether. The goal is to set up anti-war tables in high schools every time the military comes. For the ARMY OF NONE campaign to succeed, we need YAWR chapters set up in all the Minneapolis schools, to make sure every military table is countered with an anti-war table. We will also be discussing our role in the October 11 antiwar protest organized by the Iraq Peace Action Coalition. Youth Against War & Racism Metro-Wide Meeting Sunday, September 21 - 2pm YAWR Office (Ty's House) 3024 Chicago Ave S #1 Minneapolis, MN --------6 of 17-------- From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net> Subject: Amnesty Intl 9.21 3pm GROUP 37 SEPTEMBER MEETING REMINDER: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 - 3 TO 5 P.M. Join us for our regular meeting on Sunday, September 21st, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The topic of this meeting is still undetermined -- please check our website for updates. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided. Location: Center for Victims of Torture, 717 E. River Rd. SE, Minneapolis (corner of E. River Rd. and Oak St.). Park on street or in the small lot behind the center (the Center is a house set back on a large lawn). A map and directions are available on-line: http://www.twincitiesamnesty.org/meetings.html --------7 of 17-------- From: jaime mayer <info [at] jamesmayer.org> Subject: NRP/950AM 9.21 3pm OF THE PEOPLE: CALL FOR ACTION AM 950 Call-in line: 952-946-6205 Of the People: This Sunday, September 21ST at 3 p.m. on AM 950 - Air America Minnesota's new name; call letters: ktnf - with Host James Mayer. Threats to a democratic, safe and healthy society don't go away for the weekend. Neither does the bad news with which the corporate media help to make us feel shocked, depressed or even helpless. But for a few weekend minutes you can refresh and regenerate your energy on Of the People. It's a place to go to for good news that the "news" corporations monopolizing our airwaves seldom let through: people taking action together, on real solutions. How does what happens in urban neighborhoods affect all of us no matter where we live? The Minnesota Neighborhood Revitalization Program - NRP - has been studied elsewhere in the country, notably Harvard University, as a model for people joining together to improve neighborhoods and contribute to the social and financial well being of us all. This Sunday James Mayer will again be joined by representatives of Neighbors for NRP (website: www.neighbors4nrp.com) and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, NRP, as we continue to look at how and why the people of Minnesota should use their power to keep the NRP funding and local grassroots decisions in the hands of neighborhood communities, and help NRP continue its work for the common good and grassroots democracy. We cordially invite you to listen and join in. --------8 of 17-------- Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 15:48:24 -0500 From: Cam Gordon <camgordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: How to file complaint v Mpls officer In light of the recent concerns that have been raised about police actions during the RNC, I thought it might be useful for people to know options that have to file a complaint against a Minneapolis police officer? As a council member I can use the number, nature and status of complaints to help me guide discussion and policy decisions. To date through Minneapolis formal channels options there have been no formal external complaints made against MPD officers related to RNC activity. To file a complaint of misconduct and inappropriate behavior against Police you have 3 options within the City. If you have a lawyer please consult with them before proceeding with any of these. They are: the Police Internal Affairs Unit, the Mpls. Civilian Police Review Authority and the Mpls. Dept. of Civil Rights. A complaint can be initiated by contacting the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) office and speaking to an investigator. An official complaint does not exist until an investigator drafts a written complaint, the individual signs the complaint, and it is received in the CRA office. The CRA office is located in the Grain Exchange Building, 301 4th Avenue South, Room 670, Minneapolis, MN 55415. You can telephone the CRA at 612-673-5500. The Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance specifies that it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, and status with regard to public assistance. A complaint must be filed in person. You may come directly to the Minneapolis Civil Rights Office (City Hall, 350 S 5th Street, Room 239) or call (612) 673-3012 for an appointment. If possible, complete an intake questionnaire prior to meeting with an intake officer. An intake officer will meet with you in person after reviewing your intake questionnaire. The intake officer then drafts an official charge of discrimination. After the charge of discrimination is signed and notarized, the charge is filed and all parties are notified within 10 business days. The Mpls. Police Departments Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for investigating complaints of employee misconduct and violations of department rules and regulations. External complainants have the option of going to the MPD Internal Affairs Unit or any MPD supervisor with their complaint. It is the stated duty of all MPD employees to report any perceived violation of MPD regulations, rules, procedures, orders, civil service rules, city policies, city ordinances or state or federal laws committed by another MPD employee. Complaints can be directed to Internal Affairs Unit City Hall, Room 126350 South 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415, 612) 673-3074, Fax: (612) 373-3843 --------9 of 17-------- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 10:02:00 -0500 From: Lydia Howell <lhowell [at] visi.com> Subject: Re: How to file complaint v Mpls officer I'd like to add a comment to Cam's suggestions for filing a complaint against a Minneapolis police officer and also add a resource he left out. INTERNAL AFFAIRS: The LEAST HARMFUL thing that can happen when you file a complaint with Internal Affairs is that NOTHING AT ALL WILL BE DONE. However, as an activist, I have known of and as a reporter I've written about UN-armed people who were assaulted by police, went to Internal Affairs to file a complaint and then had Internal Affairs inform the officer they complained about that the complaint was filed. This resulted in FURTHER INTIMIDATION FROM THE OFFICER AGAINST THE CIVILIANS. I have interviewed higher ups in the Minneapolis Police department about Internal Affairs and found that they have NO CONCERN at all about this misuse of power and authority through IA. NONE. Internal Affiars DOES NOT ADDRESS BRUTALITY BY POLICE OFFICERS. It MIGHT address bribes or drug dealing by police officers (the ONLY crimes that officers are ever fired or indicted for). But, if police kick, beat, choke, taser or shoot an UNarmed civilian, INTERNAL AFFAIRS WILL DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. They never have. COMMUNITIES UNITED AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY: For over 8 years CUAPB has supported people as they file complaints with the Civilian review Authority/CRA, worked to make the CRA have real teeth, worked to change training of police when dealing with mentally ill people, stood in solidarity with the homeless, people of color and political disidents when they are targeted by police, worked on law suites and challenging expansions of police power at the State legislature and city council, and more. IF YOU ARE BRUTALIZED BY THE POLICE, call CUAPB:Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) (DO NOT call MPD Internal Affairs). And GET INVOLVED WITH CUAPB. Only far more citizen engagement will change the current reality that POLICE ARE ABOVE THE LAW. Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org ATTACHED are 2 of the stories I've written over the years about UN-ACCOUNTABLE police brutality: one was a cover story in PULSE that looked at the events of MPD officers SHOOTING A 10 YEAR OLD before a "riot" broke out in North MInneapolis;the other is an interview with retireed MPD officer MICHEAL QUINN. After this letter, is an essay I wrote after WITNESSING BRUTALITY one spring 2007 day in south Minneapolis. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL has reported 'WIDESPREAD AND EXTENSIVE human rights abuses by American police, jail and prison guards and border patrol officers>" People of color and the poor of all colors are very well aware of this. Only white, middle-class people - even those who are progressives and care SO deeply about human rights abuses in OTHER countries - but, are OBLIVIOUS to these very same human rights abuses here at home - even in their own city. ==a== Lydia Howell, Minneapolis journalist/KFAI Radio http://www.pulsetc.com MOVING MOUNTAINS; I've Seen American Torture by Lydia Howell Tue. May 22, 2007 I witnessed torture last week. Thursday, May 17th, was a beautiful Minnesota spring afternoon and I was mentally planning out the next phase of planting in my new spot in a community garden, while out running errands. I came out to the bus stop in the Rainbow Foods parking lot on 27th Avenue off East Lake Street - a few blocks from where the raids on immigrants took place two days later. Immediately, my guard went up, as a police car pulled up. Their focus was obvious: an African-American woman. Perhaps in her early 30s, she was even more vulnerable to law enforcement by two aspects of her situation that became apparent. Her white jogging pants and t-shirt were dirty. She gripped a luggage cart, with a battered overnight suitcase strapped on the bottom and various plastic bags tied all over it. I'd bet this week's pay she was homeless. In our age of relentless gentrification and contempt of the poor, being homeless is treated as a crime, where one is not only subjected to harassment and arrest, but, to beatings and theft of all one's belongings by police. It was also quickly clear that she was mentally ill. In a sing-song voice she repeated the same sentence endlessly. Yet, as the 1960s radical psychologist R.D. Laing observed in the 1960s: if one attempts to read the "metaphors of insanity", they are often very revealing. In fact, they often say a great deal about the insane, everyday cruelty of our culture that drives people mad. The woman was saying, over and over,"I'm not white and I'm not a star." One police officer was speaking too quietly to hear, but, at one point she said, "Talk to the store manager." Then, a Hennepin County Medical Center ambulance drove up. The police knew they were dealing with a mentally ill person and Mayor R.T. Rybak has made a number of reassuring speeches about MPD's Crisis Intervention Teams---officers trained to deal differently with mentally ill people after several mentally ill people were gunned down by police. There were about six of us at the bus stop, just five feet away. I remembering thinking that surely so many witnesses present would protect the woman from harm. The two EMT guys came forward and the second police officer was behind the woman. The woman made no threatening moves toward anyone, but, proclaimed with a bit more intensity, "I'm NOT white and I'm NOT a star." She was now surrounded by four big white men in uniforms. One cop behind her. The officer who'd been talking to the woman put one hand on her shoulder. Taking one step back, she jerked away and shouted,"Get your hands OFF ME!" Then, I heard the harsh buzz as the other police officer used a stun gun, Taser, on the woman. One. Two. Three. Maybe even a fourth time. Like the woman's reaction at the first officer's touch, I just reacted. Bursting into sobs and yelling, "STOP iT! You're FOUR BIG MEN! You DON'T have to Taser her! STOP IT!" The woman crumpled to the ground. I guess the EMT guys stepped in, but, I wasn't looking since the Taser cop now turned towards me. "She's OFF her meds! Did you want her to attack YOU?" Actually, it was the police that had scared me from the start. But, my body was now numb and I was in "de-escalate the cops" mode. That means; be still, maintain eye contact, keep one's voice low and use the word "sir" frequently. He threatened to arrest me for "interfering with a police officer', demanding I leave. Walking quickly across the Rainbow parking lot, I desperately hoped for another bus. Any minute the squad car might come and then, what? Luckily, the #7 pulled up and I jumped on. The Taser is touted as a "non-lethal" alternative to deal with aggressive suspects, without shooting them. No research has been done as to its longterm health effects. As many as 200 people have been killed by Tasers. Police departments are supposed to train officers on when they're allowed to use this device which administers a shock of 50,000 volts. Here's what Amnesty International says: "Many U.S. police agencies now ROUTINELY use Tasers to subdue UNARMED, non-compliant individuals who DO NOT POSE A SERIOUS DANGER to themselves or others...police have used Tasers against unruly school children, mentally disabled and elderly people and people who simply argue with officers..REPEATEDLY ADMINISTERED SHOCKS, sometimes while IN RESTRAINTS." (Emphasis added) The City of Minneapolis spent $160,000 on Tasers last year and plans on spending $861,000 this year on more Tasers. The Arizona-based company supplies thousands of U.S. police departments, and, also sells them to human rights abusing governments world-wide. AI also notes that these weapons are "portable...easy to sue..inflict severe pain at the push of a button and leave no marks." That sounds like the perfect torture device for abusing one's authority over others while evading all accountability. American torture didn't start in Abu-Graibe. That video of Los Angeles cops beating Rodney King - almost 60 blows with batons - exposed this reality more than 15 years ago. See Amnesty International at http;//amnesty ==b== PEOPLE REBEL AFTER MINNEAPOLIS COPS SHOOT BOY by Red Emma "The cops are just a gang with the law behind them." "I work! I'm NOT a drug dealer. I'm sick of being jacked up by the cops all the time!" "They can't justify shooting an 11-year-old boy." These were the sentiments expressed repeatedly the morning after what corporate media called a "melee" on August 22nd in Minneapolis' virtually all-black Northside. A SWAT team made a 'drug raid" on the home of a large black family. It looks to be a case of one more "wrong address", police incompetence with a viscious carelesssness that's now common. When 11-year-old Julius Powell answered the cops' knock, with the family dog on a leash - an obedience-trained pit bull - police opened fire with what witnesses say were two bursts of automatic weapon-fire. The dog was killed with three bullets and Julius was shot in the arm.(Police say a bullet 'ricocheted" off the sidewalk, insisting the boy wasn't in the line of fire.) Where the boy was shot is also in question: the police say his fore-arm;witnesses say,the shoulder. Facts could not be confirmed.) Police confiscated a few cigarettes-worth of marijuana and a legal,registered handgun. This writer could not help but remember Malcolm X adsking almost 40 years ago,"White folks been buying guns all their lives. No commotion about it. But, when blaacks have guns ,its a different story entirely. "With the continued furor over so-called "Second Amemendment right to bear arms" promoted by the National Rifle Association, why would police take a legal gun! Guess black folks don't have that 'right' like white folks do in this system. In the ultimate surreal twist,the boy's grandmother was arrested for "child endangerment." "What kind of crazy world are we living in when the grandmother is arrested for child endagerment when it's the police that fired the guns?" asked Michelle Grosss of Communities United Against Police Brutality,part of the Octover 22nd Coalition. Within an hour, 75 to 100 people gathered - mostly youth. They shouted "No justice! No peace!" and threw bottles at police. When mainstream media showed up, the crowd focused their anger on reporters and their vehicles. That the corporate press was attacked has been a source of disturbed confusion to some, but this was no random act: The two Star Tribune reporters beaten by the outraged people cover the "public safety" (police) beat and embody the way corporate media acts as a propaganda/public relations organ of the Minneapolis Police Department. They rarely interview the people and tell avy story involving brutality from a cop=perspective alone. "Media is part of the problem! To them black people are just mug-shots!" a youth said the morning after the uprising. Both reporters ended up with broken bones and one had his car set on fire. A TV news van waas also vandalized and other reporters run out of the neighborhood, along with a self-proclaimed "blaack community leader". The basic masses were also clear about who has failed to represent them and in fact sells them out over and over again. That night they were taking matters into their own hands, But, when activists (both white) with Communities United Against Police Brutality arrived, people eagerly took flyers and yellow button that said "Danger: Police In Area" and October 22 buttons. The people were very clear about who was an enemy and who were allies, even protecting the activists from danger. When this writer went to interview folks the next morning for a local alternative paper, it was clear that its the ruling-class press and sell-outs they're angered by. People wanted to tell their stories and welcomed the chance to do so. While understandably most didn't want to give their real names, they did want to say the real reasons for why things blew up, which corporate media refuses to report. Since MPD Officer Melissa Schmidt and 60-year-old black grandmothr Martha Donald were both killed in a public housing highrise August 1st, police have escalated into a vendetta-mode that steadily increased tension. First, people find the police-story that Ms Donald killed the officer is unbelievable. Other officers say she was pat searched before going into the bathroom with Officer Schmidt, Wearing tight stretch pants, a 38 caliber gun would have been discovered. But, police assert that this grandmother "pulled the gun from inside her buttocks. "They say she shot Schnidt, the sound allerting another female officer who then came in and shot Ms. Donald. Activists and some community-members hypothesize it's likely that the officer that shot Donald killed Schmidt with "friendly fire" by over-reacting in a small space. Shooting this black woman may have come first or may have come afterwards as a cover up for shooting a fellow-cop. That officer has made no public statement. The funeral for Officer Schmidt recieved massive mainstream media coinciding with National Night Out, the annual "know your neighbors to prevent crime" event sponsored by police and block clubs (that are often dominated by white property-owners committed to gentrification - which means getting rid of the poor and people of color.) The only African American on the Minneapolis City Council, Natalie Johnson Lee, made a statement for the event offering condolences to BOTH the Schmidt and Donald families. It was a simple statement of compassion, abhoring the violence that resulted in "the untimely deaths of two fellow citizens - two fellow human beings". She even lauded Officer Schmidt, but that was not good enough for the Police Federation (union) who reacted with a viscious attack on Johnson-Lee (who is also one of two Greens on the City Council). They demanded her resignation and dozens of hate-e-mails were sent to her. Many were bluntly racist and had government addresses. The attack echoed the disenfrancisement of Florida black voters in the 2000 'selection' of Bush. People refused to accipt it. CUAPB and Northside grassroots activists - NOT the traditional "civil rights leaders" (who are totally in the Democrats pocket and never supported this black woman as a candidate) - organized a support rally at City Hall for August 14th. Mayor R.T. Rybak had stood with the police union by saying Johnson Lee should apologize for expressing compassion, which further outraged the community. People saw a connection beween the cop union's political attack on a black elected official and the daily disrespect and abuse they experience from cops on the streets. "Its always like our lives are worth nothing!" said "Keesha,"a young black woman at the rally, about Martha Donald. The rally became even more critical and heated when police shot another black youth the night before. Police claimed Terrell Oliver pointed a gun at them, but neighbors saw the 19-year-old shot four times in the back while going over a fence. Afterwards, police crowed to black residents, "you got one of ours. Now we got one of yours." They also pointed "trigger-fingers" at people, saying "You're next." (This intimidation gesture and verbal threat was repeated after the Aug.22 shootimg of the boy and his dog, and as much as that shooting, ignited the uprising.) So, the August 14 support rally for an embattled, elected voice for the black community also became an anti-police brutality rally. "Since that cop got killed, there's a vendetta against the whole black community! One cop's life is worth more than any of ours. We dom't have to accept that!" said Jerod, a 25 year-old activist with black youth, in a statement almost predicting the feelings that sparked the uprising a week later. The fuse has been burning for a long time, with the standard police procedure of daily harassment through racial profiling that "crimialized" a whole neighborhood. This was the third suspicious police shooting of an African American in three weeks. But, this outrage has been years in the making: at least seven unarmed people killed by Minneapolis police in the last two years. While cops leep asserting their 'shoot tp kill' policy is necessary to 'fight crime', you have the bizarre case of a St paul cop recetnly shooting to death the CRIME VICTIM in an attempted car-jacking in progress! (Although the 911 operator warned the cop that the victim was entangled with the perpetrater and to procede with caution. Since both victim and car thief were black, the cop could only get out his rifle and start blsting away.) The Minneapolis cops shooting of this boy August 22nd was the last straw of the lie that cops are their to "protect and serve' the people. "I've been SERVED plenty of abuse, "one 20 year old said themorning after the uprising. "But, I sure ain't NEVER been protected." "WHO gonna protect us from the POLICE?" said another youth, who'd gotten an OCTober 22nd T-shirt from CUAPB activists. "Have you noticed the cop cars don't even SAY "Protect and Serve" on them any more? When did they take that off? Well, it is the truth - they DON'T protect and serve US." This was said by many that morning. Like cities across the country, this Midwest bastion of smug, self-poclaimed "liberalism", has a Gang Strike Force, almost all-white police forces and the highest incarceration rate for Black folks: Blacks are 9% of the Minnesota population, but, 53% of the State's prisoners. In the last two years, at least 4 mentally ill people have been gunned down by police. The Mayor has ignored calls from advocates for the mentally ill to "re-rout" such crisis calls AWAY from police and to specially trained crisis teams. As Michelle Gross of CUAPB (she works as a nurse) has stated "Emergency room professionals deal with mental health crisis every day and we do it without shooting people!" But resistance has been building,too. Six Minneapolis cops shot a Somali refugee man. Abu Jeilani, who also had mental illness in March; 600 Somali and African-Americans, with white progresives and some Native Americans rallied at the south Minneapolis site of the murder. When Mayor Rybak de-funded the Civilian Review (that voters created to try to get oversight of police) activists fought back, forcing the Mayor to create a committee to "re-design" the CRA. Activists have used this battle to preserve this entity and give it teeth and power as a way to expose police abuses and how ineffective politicians have been. Two days after the uprising, 60 people came to a community neeting hosted by CUAPB and Northside Community Collaboratives, to strategize further how to confront an put of control police force. The room was black and white, youth and middle-aged, long-time activist and people politicized from the recent shootings and the uprising they sparked. There was anger and optimism in the air,with plans to storm a public hearing at City Hall the following week, file a class-action law suit and get video cameras and police scammers into the hands of the people themselves to create the REAL "community control of the cops" no ruling-class politian or sell-out self-appointed "community leader" will give. After the uprising, the people are doing it for themselves. ==c== There's two kinds of courage and Michael Quinn has both. Physical courage is a job requirement for police officers. What every rookie is unprepared for is the necessity for ethical courage in the face of what every cop understands as "The Code of Silence": never snitch on another cop. Ever. Michael Quinn, a veteran of 23 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, served over 300 high-risk warrants (without ever killing a suspect) and led many dangerous raids in the "drug war". Now, Quinn has written a book: "Walking With The Devil: What Bad Cops Don't Want You To Know and Good Cops Won't Tell You." "We don't prepare rookies for the stresses of the job. I think the code of silence is the biggest. We don't prepare them because we want to pretend it doesn't exist. Or that if it does, they'll learn how to deal with it," says the surprisingly soft-spoken Quinn. "This is a HUGE mistake because the first thing every rookie learns is you depend on other officers around you for your life and safety. Without those other cops, you're out there on your own." Quinn comes from a family of police officers: his father's 40 years in law-enforcement included 20 years in the MPD; a brother-in-law was a cop and one sister still is. Quinn is now a Federal Marshall. As both a journalist and an activist, I've been deeply concerned about police brutality since the late 1970s in Texas and in Minneapolis, since 1988. Quinn's aim was to write "a better police ethics textbook". What he's accomplished is a compelling personal account of policing that raises crucial issues that community activists have struggled to have taken seriously. He walks a tightrope, describing concrete examples of cop corruption, abuse and what's called "creative report writing", while not naming names. Identifying individual officers would have certainly brought charges of sensationalism, distracting from Quinn's hardwon and important insights. "Your field officer tells you right off the bat,'Forget everything you've learned in the academy. This is the street way and this is how we're gonna do business.' They're telling you what worked to keep them alive in stressful situations - so, it's not entirely a bad thing," he says. Every rookie's challenge is to "incorporate" the street-experience with school-knowledge. Quinn's book includes heart-thumping incidents with the inevitable mistakes a young cop makes grappling with the physical power society grants the police in order to do their job. He describes what this writer saw as rookies' rite of passage: a kind of heartbreak of ideals when introduced to The Code. "What are you gonna do when your partner - who's saved your life - does something really wrong right in front of you? Are you gonna go to Internal Affairs or Civillian review and report it?" Quinn poses the burning question about good cops covering for bad cops. "No, you're not. It doesn't happen like that." Inside police departments, peer pressure takes on an intensity almost beyond imagining, that Quinn's book makes viscerally real. Understandable rookie mistakes, theft by cops and beating handcuffed suspects are all equally swept away under The Code. Breaking it means being ostracized by fellow officers, which can not only wreck a career but, cost a cop's life, if he or she can't count on having backup on the streets. Star Tribune reporter, Howie Padilla, did a hatchet-job on Quinn (10/28/04). It's no surprise that Police Federaton president John Delmonico dismisses Quinn's accounts of police misconduct. The last two MPD Chiefs Robert Olsen and John Laux refused to comment. Quinn asserts that his friend and former squad partner, Deputy Chief Tim Dolan slamming his intentions, was misquoted. Padilla was assaulted during the August 2003 Jordan neighborhood "riot" because his regular reports of MPD bruality allegations are seen by many community-members as little more than PR for the police - part of the stonewalling that contributes to an absence of police accountability. These reactions are further evidence of why Quinn's book is so necessary. Former MPD Chief, during the 1980s, Tony Bouza told the Strib, "Quinn's brave. There are two things you don't write about: 'testi-lying' and breaking the Code. Mike writes about both." Bouza also earned fellow officers' ire with his own truth-telling book and articles. After the Jordan neighborhod blew up, ignited by the non-fatal police shooting of an 11-year-old African-American boy, Communities United Aganst Police Brutality (CUAPB), other community organizations and North Minneapolis ministers pushed for federal mediators to step in. The lengthy and mixed results process came to one conclusion that Quinn shares: part of what creates police brutality is comes down to physical training. Quinn notes that Minnesota has some of the highest requirements for police: minimum 2-years of college and even a Bachelor degree for some departments. For 18 months, he worked in the Police Corps Academy and lauds much of the skills training, as "pretty decent" but, he also sees important gaps. For one thing, cops learn physical control-techniques wearing sweats and socks on a padded mat, not in full uniform which Quinn says "is NOT as realistic as it should be." Imagine wrestling with someone while wearing an extra 30 pounds of equipment, including a gun belt, pepper-spray canister and large, metal flashlight. Officers are required to do about 16 hours of annual "continuing education" which Quinn describes as "mostly legislative updates and firearms." "Rookies are at their PEAK of physical skills but, nothing's done to MAINTAIN them," Quinn explains. "A 10-year veteran average officer could not perform at 50 per cent level of those skills - the take-downs and compliance-holds. If we don't make them maintain them, they don't have those skills to use. Then, they resort to whatever they do at the time. THAT's where you get a lot of excessive force complaints." --------10 of 17-------- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 12:03:16 -0500 (GMT-05:00) From: greenpartymike <ollamhfaery [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Re: [Discuss] How to file complaint v Mpls officer Thank You Lydia, I was just about to say the same thing. Working with Internal Affairs is worse than useless. You may find yourself targeted by the police, as it has happened in the past. Going thru the toothless Civilian Review Board will probably go nowhere too. Our very own Dave Bicking is on it and the Board is already facing a huge backlog of cases. Also, as stated the Civilian Review Board has been rendered fairly toothless by "our" elected officials, despite the attempts to input this process by activists like myself and Michelle Gross of Communities United Against Police Brutality. Which, as an aside virtually mirrors what we all faced with the so called Free Speech Committee in Minneapolis City Council. Activists had tried to give input, based on our experiences but were ignored and in fact basically told to be quiet. That is the basis of much of the concerns of us who have raised our concerns of those on City Council. The simple fact is, those of us who have had experience, sometimes decades of experience in dealing with police brutality were shut out of the process and denied the ability to share that experience. I do appreciate Cam's intentions and willingness to step up and face this now. Even though his understanding and guidance may be a little wrong. I just wish that he and others on the City Council had have been willing to listen to those of us who did have the knowledge and experience to understand the implications of their choices. However, I will recognize Cam's intentions in this regard. Like I said, Cam was a small light in a very, very dark room in Minneapolis City Hall. I agree with Lydia. Anyone who is looking at possible legal charges should avoid City Hall and instead talk to Michelle Gross of Communities United or Coldsnap Legal Collective or indeed the National Lawyers Guild instead. I know that is what I am doing. --------11 of 17-------- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 10:24:11 -0500 From: Diane J. Peterson <birch7 [at] comcast.net> Subject: Re: [Discuss] How to file complaint v Mpls officer Lydia and I attended a seminar about white racism offered in Minneapolis. At that seminar, I learned how white middle class Americans are strongly reinforced for being oblivious to the harms inflicted by racism towards people of color and towards whites. It was beneficial to have a white, middle class college professor from the State University of St. Cloud (Lake Woebegone country) teach us about the culture of oblivion we operate in. It also helped that she was a student of the casino performances in her hometown of Las Vegas, because she was so entertaining as she delivered her serious lessons. I endorse Communities United Against Police Brutality. I am a member, and have benefited from their free instruction on how to behave towards the police. Proud to be Green, Diane J. Peterson White Bear Lake, Minnesota birch7 [at] comcast.net --------12 of 17-------- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 16:37:13 -0500 From: Cam Gordon <camgordon333 [at] msn.com> Subject: RE: [Discuss] How to file complaint v Mpls officer I think that Michael and Lydia (and others...thanks) make very good points. I share their concerns about reporting, (especially to the IAU) and I hope people take them seriously. I also was not meaning to imply that formal complaints would necessarily lead to justice. Of the 3 possible formal City avenues, I agree with Michael that the CRA might hold the most hope in that department. Lawsuits are another way to register complaints and seek justice and probably the best means to justice out of the four. They can be more time consuming and expensive however and also have fear of retaliation association with them. I understand that the Cold Snap Collective is coordinating lawsuits so folks may want to contact them well as CUAPB. CUAPB probably has more experience in this matter than any other group. Perhaps I should have been clearer about my motives for originally sharing info about options for making formal complaints. I was hoping to see if more people would be willing to formally complain and I want more people to have the information because, as someone who is on the Council raising issues, it is helpful to me in making the case that people are upset and that some police behavior was inappropriate and excessive based on community standards. What we too often hear as Council Members is "no one has complained so there must not be a problem." We also see staff use the fact of no complaints as proof that police conduct has improved. In these discussions I have and will continue to point out reasons why people will not complain, mostly having to do with mistrust and fear. Still, if the City Council learned that 200 people registered formal complaints with the CRA (or the IAU for that matter) having to do with police behavior during the RNC that would be a powerful message and give me powerful justification for raising issues and trying to get more information. If, however, anyone is afraid of retaliations and not willing to take that risk it is not worth it. Please consider that carefully before making a complaint. I am grateful that David has shared this information and that others have shared their concerns and perspectives. I am so glad and grateful to have such a wonderful community who shares outrage and concern about this. Sometimes I feel like such a minority inside City Hall it is good to know that I am not alone on this issue in the City of Minneapolis or in the state as a whole. Also, I appreciate all your guidance and feedback, please keep it up. In peace & cooperation,Cam Gordon Minneapolis City Council Member, Ward 2 --------13 of 17-------- Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2008 14:33:59 -0700 (PDT) From: Nancy Doyle Brown <nancyjdoyle [at] yahoo.com> Subject: [Discuss] Charges against journalists dropped; questions remain free press: media is the issue September 19, 2008 For Immediate Release Contact: Jen Howard, Free Press, (202) 265-1490, x22 or (703) 517-6273 Charges Against Journalists at RNC Dropped; Questions Remain ST. PAUL, Minn. - Local authorities in St. Paul announced today that they will not prosecute journalists who were arrested on misdemeanor charges during the Republican National Convention earlier this month. "This is an important first step, but many questions remain," said Nancy Doyle Brown from Twin Cities Media Alliance. "We still need answers about why and how journalists got swept up in these arrests in the first place. And more than anything else, we need to ensure that this never happens again. We'll never know how many important stories never got told because their authors were behind bars, not in the streets." Nearly two dozen reporters were arrested during the four-day event, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and two of her producers, Associated Press reporters, student journalists, local TV photographers, among others. Other journalists were pepper-sprayed, and reporters with I-Witness were held at gunpoint during a "pre-emptive" police raid aimed at disrupting protesters. The press release from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's office noted that the city's attorney will use a "broad definition and verification to identify journalists who were caught up in mass arrests during the convention." "We're pleased that the St. Paul authorities ultimately acted to uphold the rights of all journalists - including those citizens using blogs, cheap cameras and cell phones to report news as it happens," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, the national media reform organization. "Our task now is to ensure that our press remains free to report on the events, issues and stories that matter to our country, our communities and our democracy." Less than three days after the initial arrests, more than 60,000 people across the country signed on to a letter from Free Press, demanding that Mayor Coleman and local authorities immediately "free all detained journalists and drop all charges against them." These letters were delivered to St. Paul City Hall the day after the convention following a press conference that included local citizens and many of the journalists who had been arrested earlier in the week. "The news from St. Paul City Hall is certainly welcome regarding the decision to drop charges against journalists who were arrested and cited during the RNC," said Mike Bucsko, executive officer of the Minnesota Newspaper Guild Typographical Union, who spoke at the press conference. "However, it is essential the elected officials in St. Paul and Ramsey County examine the circumstances that led to the needless detention and harassment of journalists to ensure this type of indiscriminate behavior on the part of law enforcement does not happen again." Local advocates and independent journalists from KFAI Community Radio, National Lawyers Guild, Twin Cities Daily Planet, Twin Cities IndyMedia, Twin Cities Media Alliance and The Uptake were joined by national groups American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, The Newspaper Guild, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Reporters Without Borders, the Society for Professional Journalists and the Writers Guild of America, East, in condemning the unusually harsh treatment by city authorities. Watch the press conference: http://qik.com/video/270176 Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net --------14 of 17-------- Mpls council members call for investigation of police actions at RNC By Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride September 18, 2008 Minneapolis City Council Members Cam Gordon (Green-Ward 2) and Gary Schiff (DFL-Ward 9) have called for a public hearing and independent investigation into law enforcement actions taken against protesters and the journalists who covered them during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul. There are reports of as many as 40 journalists being arrested during the convention. Police detained at least six photojournalists on Labor Day, including one from the Associated Press. The arrests prompted a formal complaint from National Press Photographers Association President Bob Carey, who said in his letter to St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington that, "There's no excuse for physically assaulting or arresting a photographer who is not creating a disturbance". Reporters from ABC News and Fox News were also caught up in the fray. However, independent journalists, many of whom subscribe to the relatively new practice of journalism solely by video documentation, seemed to be the ones who were most targeted by police in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. Three members of New York City's Glass Bead Collective video team were stopped and searched near Washington Avenue North early in the morning of Aug. 26. They were questioned about their travel plans and associations, and their cameras, cell phones and notebooks were confiscated. The three were told they were being questioned because of car burglaries that were occurring in the area, but police reported later that they were under suspicion of trespassing on railroad property. Attorney Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, said that the City was looking for information - phone numbers, names of activists, demonstration schedules - that Nestor said were part of protected journalistic sources, source information that was to be used to cover protests. "All of this information [was] taken by Minneapolis Police as part of what we believe [was] an intelligence operation to gather information on activists, to gather information on the location of protected First Amendment activity - to use it to investigate and further crack down on protected activity," Nestor said. "This is absolutely outrageous behavior for a police department towards individuals who are engaged in First Amendment protected activity and who have a documented record for exposing police misconduct," said Nestor. Heavily armed police stormed a house in St. Paul where video journalists were meeting and arrested independent media, bloggers and videomakers. Occupants of the house testify on videos appearing on Salon.com that during their search, cops used nicknames to identify themselves like "The Executioner" and "The Terminator". Videos of the treatment and subsequent arrests of some journalists have proved to be the most ubiquitous and damning evidence against police. A YouTube video of the arrest of independent journalist and Democracy Now! host, Amy Goodman, was the highest viewed video on that site during the first week of September. Charges against Goodman for misdemeanor obstruction of a police officer have not been dropped, according to Democracy Now! staff. She was arrested while trying to question police as to why two of her producers had been detained. The two, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, had been arrested while filming protesters and may still be charged under the offense of felony riot, according to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office. The depiction of Salazar's arrest is perhaps one of the most chilling of all recorded police actions at the convention, showing her being forced to the ground and stepped on by police in riot gear as she screams, "Press! Press! Press!" "I've been on the phone for the past two weeks trying to pitch this story to the major media outlets and no one seems interested," Democracy Now! Director of Outreach Jessica Cox told Southside Pride. "Amy said to me yesterday that you should be able to report the news without getting a record yourself!" Cox said. James Lockwood, spokesman for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman told Southside Pride that, "Many orders were given to disperse. Failure to do so resulted in arrests". According to Lockwood, the City of St. Paul has engaged two former federal prosecutors, Tom Heffelfinger and Andy Luger, to conduct a review of police actions at the RNC, but that review will not investigate individual complaints against the police. "For right now we have no information to contradict police," said Lockwood, who added that any accusations of police misconduct would be handled through the City.s Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission at 651-266-5583. Coldsnap Legal Collective is holding meetings and gathering information about the arrests of protesters and journalists. If you feel you were falsely arrested, contact them by calling Rick Kelley at 612-598-5058 or Kris Hermes at 510-681-6361. Their e-mail address is coldsnap [at] riseup.net "Here we have every indication of an orchestrated assault by federal and local law enforcement agencies to stifle independent sources of information," said Indy journalist Timothy Karr in the Huffington Post on Sept. 3. "They definitely knew that it would be the Indy media that would tell the real story," said local activist Cheri Honkala. And, as she has said in independent media venues, much of the violence during the convention that has been laid at the feet of protesters was in fact the actions of plants put inside protest ranks. "Many young folks came up to me and said, 'We have no idea who these people are,'" Honkala said. After reporting a deal that "required the Republican Party's host committee to buy insurance covering up to $10 million in damages and unlimited legal costs for law enforcement officials accused of brutality, violating civil rights and other misconduct," the hometown bastion of the free press, the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, editorialized its support for police tactics. "The show of force was a reasonable response to the behavior and the threat posed by a relatively small number of rogue protesters who traveled to the Twin Cities for no other reason than to damage property, abuse the police and disrupt the business of the Republican National Convention," the editorial board for the Strib concluded. Article Tags: Minneapolis, St. Paul, police misconduct, protest, RNC 2008 --------15 of 17-------- City Council says NO to investigation of Minneapolis police over RNC By Chris Steller, Minnesota Independent September 18, 2008 A minority of the Minneapolis City Council decided Wednesday against requesting answers from Chief Tim Dolan on police actions during the Republican National Convention (RNC). And by killing a proposed staff directive in committee, four members of the council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee made sure that the seven council members not on the committee won't have a say on the issue. Two backers of a more expansive inquiry - Gordon (Green Party) and Schiff (DFL) - presented what they termed as reasonable additions to the scope of the police department after-action report that Mayor R.T. Rybak outlined last week. (See the five proposed points of inquiry which appear as italicized additions to the mayor's list.) But the day found the duo falling into now-familiar Don Quijote/Sancho Panza roles as they continue struggle in vain for elevated police accountability - first by casting lone votes against putting city cops under other jurisdictions. control last fall, then by calling for an independent, blue-ribbon review of RNC law enforcement two weeks ago. Council Members Paul Ostrow and Diane Hofstede and Council President Barbara Johnson - joined in the end by Committee Chair Don Samuels - quickly framed the proposal as an unwarranted call for investigating police work mounted by elected officials who were overstepping their authority. Johnson said the MPD's internal review of an event she called "unprecedented in our history" should follow the department's "standard operating procedure". She ridiculed Gordon's arguments in favor of gathering additional information as a piece with "hype" about an armed-camp environment that she termed "ridiculous". (Although her dismissive stance was undercut by Samuels' description of an atmosphere downtown in which "anything could happen at any time". Samuels pronounced his own pre-judgement of the police after-action report by proposing "success report" as an appropriate title. What no one would call the police review was an "investigation" - a term that Ostrow said "presumes that things were done that were improper". If, in the committee debate, "investigation" became a bad enough buzzword that it set Johnson (in her words) "a-twitter," there was another word so outre that no one would say it: "lawsuit". Ostrow had Dolan repeat the news that no formal complaints had yet been filed, although Dolan, in the course of his wide-ranging remarks, said that he and others had set in motion internal reviews into at least two incidents - one being the repeated macing of a young protester caught on a widely viewed news video. But any satisfaction about the absence of complaints filed at City Hall will only last until the day (which is yet to arrive) on which papers are served there in lawsuits that protesters have promised to file over alleged police abuses during the more than 800 RNC-related arrests. The debate followed an earlier tussle in which Schiff and Gordon bristled at a staff recommendation that Minneapolis sign a Memorandum of Understanding allowing city cops to serve under the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. during the presidential inauguration in January. Minneapolis sent 40 officers to the inauguration for the first time four years ago, MPD Inspector Rob Allen told the committee, and this year is one of 50 departments to get an invite. But the timing for the request was unfortunate, Schiff said, coming as the city's review of MPD actions under outside command during the RNC is just getting underway. Citing the deal's fine print, Schiff disputed MPD Inspector Rob Allen's assurances that federal agents wouldn't direct Minneapolis officers, and that problems getting reimbursed for pension costs from overtime hours couldn't arise. But the committee nixed any delay or alterations to the plan, on a 4-2 vote reprised soon after on the RNC report issue. Here is a transcript of excerpts from the hour-long committee debate on the police report on the RNC - mostly from its emotional ending. COUNCIL MEMBER PAUL OSTROW: . I personally don't see a need for council action. I'm just going to be really blunt about this, because I know what the headlines are going to be. The headline is going to be: "City council calls for investigation of Minneapolis Police Department". We don't need an investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department when the Minneapolis Police Department itself is already saying that it's moving forward on an after-action report. . The police department worked incredibly hard . our city worked incredibly hard . to get this right, and I think they're just as committed to a good and solid review of this after the fact as they were to good, solid planning before that. So that's why I'm voting "no" today. COUNCIL PRESIDENT BARBARA JOHNSON: I must support Council Member Ostrow and not vote for this. I completely agree with what you're saying, that this is a typical action that our police department would take, to analyze an event that we've had of this size. The other thing . what sort of gets me in a twitter about this is some of the language that gets used. "Investigation" was used another time here, after we talked about that being a kind of buzzword here. It was just used again. The fact that the concerns come out about who is in control of the federal government, what political party is in control of the federal government. . This federal government is not run by the Republicans. It's run by the people of this country. And that language is what sets me in a mood to say, I think the best process that we should go through is letting our professional staff evaluate what went on in this community as a result of a major convention that was unprecedented in our history . I had a call from someone . I think it was the Thursday before the convention started . and he was a radio reporter from New York City. And he said, "I hear that your city's being turned into an armed camp.. And I said, "What? What are you talking about?" There was such hype about this. It was just ridiculous. So I would like to get down to some rationality and some professionalism about what went on here, and I think our police department has that capacity to do that, and they are doing that as part of their standard operating procedure. . COUNCIL MEMBER CAM GORDON: I guess I'm disappointed, because I realize that without four people supporting this it won't go forward. And we're certainly already going to be getting some information, but we're not going to be getting all the information that I think would be useful to me, and I would suspect to the other council members, and I would suspect to the city . I don't think we should be afraid of information. I don't think we should be afraid of knowledge. I don't think we should be afraid of asking questions. In fact, I think it's seeking knowledge and seeking truth and asking questions that's going to get us to the best policies in the end. And so I don't know why you're trying to shut the door on asking questions about some of these incidents that went on. In fact, I would think you'd have more questions, you'd want to get more information . So I guess I'll keep asking the questions and trying to seek those answers, and I'd appreciate that if council members would help me do that and try to do that in our capacity as a council but it doesn't feel like there's the support for it here. COUNCIL MEMBER DIANE HOFSTEDE: I am not going to support the motion for the reasons, certainly, given. But I also want to say that I was in the downtown, and regularly am in the neighborhood, and I thought it was just an experience that almost reminded me of experiences that I had when I was in the downtown area 20 years ago. People were . on the streets, shopping and interfacing and interacting. And having a good time. And some of those people were our constituents. This is a good thing. And, yes, I did see that people were on the streets, obviously they were security individuals. But I didn't feel threatened. And I didn't have anybody who approached me. When I asked them how do you feel, you know what they said? You have a beautiful city. I feel safe and welcome here. I don't think I need to say anything more. COMMITTEE CHAIR DON SAMUELS: I'm also going to support Council Member Ostrow.s position on this. I think I was sympathetic towards the concept of a report initially with Council Member Gordon. But I think the mayor's and the chief's agreement as to what would be in the report initially is not significantly different enough from what is proposed here to make us have a demand or request from the council. Because it does color how this is presented, as Council Member Ostrow said, both in the press and in the public perception, that there is some kind of call to accountability here, when in fact it's really a success report. And I would be willing to support it if it was called a success report. Because I think that's really what it is. And I was downtown here, I was in the center watching the TV cameras, and also in the deployment area, and you could definitely have the sense that anything could happen at any time. And in spite of that we had this incredible success. COUNCIL MEMBER GARY SCHIFF: Mr. Chair, happy to take you up on your offer. Currently this is called an after-action review. If you would like it called a success report, happy to make that motion to get your support today. SAMUELS: Well, that was just a kind of gesture, just communicating the spirit. It was not a serious proposal. SCHIFF: Ah, I was hoping not to call your bluff. I was hoping you were sincere. I just will express disappointment. Since this report is to be written by the police chief, I don't know what could possibly be in the report that my colleagues could be afraid of. This is not an investigation by the city council, this is a report by the police chief. So: disappointed. Article Tags: Minneapolis, Public Safety, RNC 2008 --------16 of 17-------- ed comment on above article The Loathsome Four - Ostrow Hofstede Johnson Samuels - MUST be REPLACED. They're all up in Nov 2009 and now is the time to start scouting for and screening good candidates. Six others have said nothing at all; they probably should be replaced too. Time for a major housecleaning; nothing else gets thru the thick pro-corporate heads of the large majority of city council members. Why are they there? Certainly not to serve the pubic or democracy or the people or a better life or a better city. Ambition, a sort-of good-paying job, hanging out with the big money boys, etc. We need them the way a fish needs a bicycle. I read the above report 24 hours ago and I was in a white hot anger. If anything I am even angrier now. We MUST respond - or get more of the same. We cannot let them make us forget between now and the Nov 2009 election. They must be challenged, at least some removed, and the fear of god (ie the people) put into their timorous cringing mortgaged souls. I pledge the Progressive Calendar from now till November 2009 in the great civic task of cleaning the city council stables. I have in mind a free-form poem epitheting them into oblivion. If they can march around Jericho 7 times with trumpets blaring and bring down the walls, maybe a poem can banish the CC slugs to a far country. Meanwhile, I SOLICIT LETTERS to the editor at shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu with your reactions to the above Gang of Four action. --------17 of 17-------- The Council must see its role as ass-kissing with verve style and a smile. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 vote third party for president for congress now and forever
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