Progressive Calendar 09.09.09
From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 14:28:40 -0700 (PDT)
            P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   09.09.09

1. BET hearing         9.09 4:30pm
2. Energy/register     9.09 5pm deadline
3. Rosemary/Latino     9.09 5pm
4. Amnesty Intl        9.09 7:30pm
5. Health care vigil   9.09 7:30pm
6. KFAI/advise         9.09

7. Tacos/rights        9.10 11am
8. Eagan peace vigil   9.10 4:30pm
9. Northtown vigil     9.10 5pm
10. Free speech buffs  9.10 5pm
11. Palestine/Steichen 9.10 7pm

12. Michelle Gross - Krazy kop kapers
13. Grace Kelly    - "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher
14. Bill Kahn      - "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher
15. Erik Hare      - "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher
16. ed             - Our Jimmy and other coprophilia

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From: R. Michael Martens <rmmartens [at] cfrmoney.net>
Subject: BET hearing 9.09 4:30pm

At the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation hearing on Wed 9/9 4:30
PM Mpls. City Hall. BET will set the property tax levy limit for 2010.
The Mayor has requested an 11.3% in the City budget. The meeting is
tentatively scheduled for room 225. If you plan to attend, please check
the room # either before you leave or when you get to City Hall.  The room
may change based on the expected attendance. The August meeting was moved
from 225 to 317.

If you think a 11.3% budget increase is too much, Please

1. call or email your City Council person
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/
2. call or email the Mayor r.t.rybak [at] ci.minneapolis.mn.us Phone: (612)
673-2100
3. Better yet attend the meeting. :-)  If we make enough noise BET will
hear us and reduce the mayor's request.
4. Forward this email to people than live in Mpls. or own property in
Mpls.

Either speak-up now or don't complain about your property taxes for 1
year.


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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com>
Subject: Energy/register 9.09 5pm deadline

FINAL registration for the CEED Energy Basics Workshop and Climate Justice
Retreat closes 5:00pm WEDNESDAY, Sep. 9!

Register TODAY to take part in one, two or all of the Climate Justice
events presented by the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy at IATP:

 A Pre-Retreat Energy Basics Workshop the afternoon of Friday, September
11, at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and

 a full-day Climate Justice Conference Retreat on Saturday, September 12,
at the Wilder Forest Retreat Center. Transportation available, contact
Eleonore Wesserle at climatejustice [at] iatp.org or 612-870-3425.

 Workshop and retreat participants can also choose to receive a
discounted ticket to the Ananya Dance Theatre's performance, "Ashesh
Barsha" (Unending Monsoon) at the Southern Theater.

 Spanish language interpretation available.

TO REGISTER: WWW.IATP.ORG/CEED (Look for the blue
&#8220;Register Now!&#8221; button!)

Headwaters Foundation Past and Present grantees qualify to attend the
Climate Justice Retreat for FREE!

Questions? Contact Eleonore Wesserle at climatejustice [at] iatp.org or
612-870-3425.

PRE-RETREAT ENERGY BASICS WORKSHOP

A fun and informational session on what you can do in your home and in
your community to REDUCE pollution, REDUCE your energy bills, and REDUCE
the threats of climate change in your community. This is a hands-on,
interactive training that you can take back to your communities. Learn
about programs that are available to support your energy needs and how
Minnesota policies are going to affect you and your family. This enjoyable
session includes an energy toolkit developed by the Center for Energy and
Environmental Policy for training community members on these important
issues. Please join us at this fun workshop and take home an ENERGY
SAVINGS WORKBOOK to share with friends, family and fellow colleagues.

$10 if registered by September 1, 2009.

Workshop Leaders:
 Amy Roe, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy University of
Delaware
 Manu Mathai, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy University of
Delaware

DATE: Friday, September 11, 2009
TIME: 1:30 p.m.&#8211;4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: IATP, Stevens Ave Building (Map)
2104 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

For online registration: www.iatp.org/ceed


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Reply-To: antiwarmn-owner [at] yahoogroups.com
Subject: Rosemary/Latino 9.09 5pm

Solidarity Rally and Press Conference: Latino Community members speak out
against foreclosures and evictions
Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm @ Rosemary Williams' house, 3138
Clinton Ave S. Minneapolis

The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition (MIRAc) will hold a rally
and press conference on Wednesday September 9, 2009 at 5:00 pm at the home
of Rosemary Williams, 3138 Clinton Avenue S., Minneapolis. Members of the
Latino community will be showing their support for Rosemary in her fight
against GMAC to keep her home and speaking out against the current
foreclosure crisis.

South Minneapolis, an area with a high Latino population has been affected
greatly by this crisis. Just in the Central, Powderhorn and Nokomis
neighborhoods there are already almost 400 foreclosed houses this year,
according the City of Minneapolis.

This show of support for Rosemary is also a call for unity among the many
affected communities. Francisco Segovia of MIRAc says, "Foreclosures and
evictions have hit the Latino community in South Minneapolis very hard.
But we are not the only ones. For this reason we are standing together
with Rosemary Williams in her struggle to stay in her home and stand up
against the foreclosure crisis that's devastating our neighborhood. In
unity there is strength." Organized by the MN Immigrant Rights Action
Coalition


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From: Gabe Ormsby <gabeo [at] bitstream.net>
Subject: Amnesty Intl 9.09 7:30pm

AIUSA Group 640 (Saint Paul) meets Wednesday, September 9th, at 7:30 p.m.
Mad Hatter Teahouse, 943 West 7th Street, Saint Paul.


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From: Lydia Howell <lydiahowell [at] visi.com>
Subject: Health care vigil 9.09 7:30pm

Minneapolis can't afford to wait for health care! Join our vigil MoveOn
members have organized candlelight vigils for people suffering under our
broken health care system. Candelight vigil Host: Rosemary M. and your
local MoveOn Council

Loring Park (in Minneapolis)
Wednesday at 7:30 PM

We'll open with moving words from Senator Ted Kennedy, who called this
fight "the cause of my life." Then we'll read the names and hear the
stories of people struggling with the current health care system.


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From: Alan Carlson <discern [at] visi.com>
Subject: KFAI/advise 9.09

The first meeting of the KFAI Community Advisory Board will be on
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009.  If you are interested in being on the
Community Advisory Board please contact committee chair, John Slade at
jslade [at] labornet.org
<http://us.mc575.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=jslade [at] labornet.org> or
leave a message at KFAI for John Slade with your name and contact
information at 612-341-3144 ext 23.

The Community Advisory Board is the KFAI Board of Directors' link to the
larger KFAI listening and volunteer communities.  If you would like to
give vital input and represent your fellow listeners and volunteers in
advising the KFAI Board of Directors at a community level, please
contact KFAI to find out more at 612.341.3144 ext. 23 or go to
www.kfai.org <http://www.kfai.org/about/board>* _/about/board.

Alan Carlson KFAI Board and CAB Committee Member


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From: Welfare Rights Committee <welfarerightsmn [at] yahoo.com>
Subject: Indian tacos/rights 9.10 11am

Indian Taco Fundraiser for Welfare Rights Committee
Thursday, 09/10/2009
11:00 a.m. - - Until Gone!
Walker Community Church 3104 16th Ave South Minneapolis, MN 55419

The Welfare Rights Committee is a low Income organization that fights for
the rights of poor and working people. Based in Minneapolis we have been
fighting for the right to preserve the social safety net for over 17
years. Come and show your support by buying one of our delicious home made
Indian tacos.

Funds will be used to send folks to the Oct. 3 - "They Say Cut Back,
We Say Fight Back!" conference in Chicago.

Come enjoy food, friends, and support our work! If you can't make it but
still would like to donate, let us know. Please forward to others...

Contact: Angel Buechner: 612-822-8020 Welfare Rights Committee PO Box
7266, Mpls MN 55407 pho: 612-822-8020 main email:
welfarerightsmn [at] yahoo.com alt email: welfarerights [at] qwest.net


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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at] msn.com>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 9.10 4:30pm

PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of
Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and
candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south
of the river speaking out against war.


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From: EKalamboki [at] aol.com
Subject: Northtown vigil 9.10 5pm

NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy
10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine.

Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View,
New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park,
Fridley, and Coon Rapids.  We'll have extra signs.

For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or
email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at] aol.com.


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From: marypat.byrn [at] wmitchell.edu
Subject: Free speech buffs 9.10 5pm

Calling all free speech buffs
My name is Mary Pat Bryn and I am a professor at William Mitchell College
of Law.

I'd like to invite anyone who cares about free speech to the college at 5
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, to hear Mary Beth Tinker talk about free speech
and the difference students of all ages can make when they develop an
informed opinion, take a stand, and fight to be heard.

Mary Beth was the central figure in Tinker vs. Des Moines. She was 13 when
she was suspended for wearing a black armband to school in protest of the
Vietnam War. She felt her First Amendment rights were violated and ended
up taking her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. She won.

Today she travels the country encouraging students to get involved, form
opinions, and be heard.

She's a magnificent speaker and I encourage all of you to attend and
bring your children. Regardless of your political affiliation, you will be
inspired.

You can learn more at www.wmitchell.edu.


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From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org>
Subject: Palestine/Steichen 9.10 7pm

"The Rocky Road to Peace: Israel, the Palestinians, the U.S. and
the U.N." A Talk by Florence Steichen, CSJ
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 p.m. The Parish Community of St. Joseph, 8701
36th Avenue North (at Boone), New Hope.

Sister Florence is the President of Middle East Peace Now and is active in
the Middle East Committee of WAMM. She lived in Bethlehem between 1987 and
1993 while she served as Registrar of Bethlehem University in Palestine.
She has returned five times and in November 2008 participated in the 7th
International Sabeel Conference, "Remembering the Nakba," held in Nazareth
and Jerusalem. She will summarize some of the significant events,
proposals, and agreements and why they have not resulted in a peace
accord. There will be time for questions and discussion. All are welcome.
Sponsored by: Northwest Neighbors for Peace. Endorsed by: WAMM. FFI:
Call Pat Helin, 763-542-1966.


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From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com>
Subject: Krazy kop kapers

Communities United Against Police Brutality
EMAIL NEWS
September 8, 2009

Folks, it's time for more KRAZY KOP KAPERS! Seems like every time you
crack open the paper or flip on the TV news, there's another story about a
bone-headed move by our local cops.  So many, in fact, that you might be
having trouble keeping up.  For your edification, here's a rundown over
the last few months.  Whilst all this is going on, the Strib has run two
letters to the editor and one op-ed piece in the last two weeks from Timmy
Dolan telling us his kops are "better than ever."  Really?

It's not like the city council and mayor didn't know.  $14.5 mill in
settlements and judgements over the last four years might have been a
clue.  Then, of course, all of us pesky activists have been shouting it
from the rafters.  But taking action to reign in the cops would have
required going up against the federation - an anathema to the local
"leadership" especially in an election season.

State Pulls Plug on Metro Gang Strike Task Force - The Implosion Begins
5/20
 After the state legislative auditor's May 20th report exposed widespread
illegal seizures of money and property - and at least 18 vehicles and tens
of thousands of dollars missing - the state finally got around to shutting
down the task force but not before word spread to the officers and they
hightailed it to headquarters to shred documents after disabling the badge
access system.  Given the predictability of this conduct, why commissioner
Michael Campion didn't change the locks and post guards outside
headquarters to prevent evidence destruction is anyone's guess.  A second
report was released 8/20 by former prosecutor Andy Luger (same dude who
produced the whitewash on police conduct during the RNC) and retired FBI
agent John Egelhof, though they were hamstrung by lack of subpoena power
and the lack of documentation after all those records were shredded.
Despite this, the report outlines widespread theft of seized property by
cops for personal use, seizure of money and property such as cars, TVs and
jewelry from people not involved in gang activity, narcotics never entered
into evidence, two throw-down guns found in the office, etc.  The report
can be seen here:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/08/20090820_gangstrikeforce.pdf
The FBI has announced an investigation of 14 officers - half from the
Minneapolis PD and close to half from the St. Paul PD, however the names
have not been revealed to the public.  At least one person charged by
members of the MGSTF has been acquitted after the jury found testimony by
the officers not credible.

How Dare You Sue the Cops! - Retaliatory Traffic Stop 6/20
 Attorney Damon Ward was followed by Minneapolis cops for miles after he
deposed two of their "brothers in blue" in a federal police brutality
suit.  Ward, who is black, was pulled over in his own driveway by two
white MPD cops.  Concerned for his safety, he called his sister, Cassandra
Ward-Brown, who is assistant general council for the Minneapolis School
District.  The pretext for the stop was an alleged illegal turn.  Cop
Shawn Kelly arrested Ward for "acting bizarre" after Ward raised the
specter that the stop was racial profiling.  Ward-Brown was ticketed for
obstructing legal process (OLP) by Aaron Morrison, a defendant in the
suit.  Keep in mind that OLP is the favorite charge leveled by cops who
are doing wrong.  Ward and Ward-Brown are suing the MPD over this
incident.

Derryl Jenkins Footage Hits the Airwaves 8/15
 Disturbing video of an incident that occurred in February hit the
airwaves mid-August. The video shows six Minneapolis police officers
punching and kicking Derryl Jenkins after a traffic stop.  The MSNBC story
and video is here:
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOKx97DZMFQ>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOKx97DZMFQ
This editor saw Jenkins shortly after the beating and was appalled at his
condition.  After the severe beating, Jenkins was jailed for four days
charged with felony assault and gross misdemeanor refusal to submit to
alcohol testing.  The charges were later dropped.  As is usual in these
cases, a supervisor reviewed the video but no cops had been charged or
disciplined.  Now the MPD is scrambling to cover its tracks.  Jenkins is a
highly educated professional whose goal in releasing the footage is to
promote police accountability.  He may get his wish as the FBI is now
investigating. So far, he has not sued.

Half a Mill for Eldridge Chatman 8/28
 The city council agreed to settle with Eldridge Chatman, who was savagely
beaten by MPD cop Craig Taylor and required two brain surgeries as a
result.  Chatman happened upon a raid in progress in his apartment
building.  Taylor and another cop "moved him out of the way" violently
then lied about it in their police reports.  If anything, the city got off
cheap.

Gang Strike Task Force Member Files Whistleblower Suit 8/31
 Sgt. Kelly O'Rourke, no stranger to police thuggery himself, has filed a
lawsuit claiming he tried to out the dirty cops on the Metro Gang Strike
Task Force back in 2007 but no one would listen and, instead, he was
retaliated against.  Strange that he never thought about going public with
his allegations until he was accused in the media of taking home an ice
auger from the MGSTF office that had been stolen from a community member.

Drunken Softball Debauchery 8/31
 MPD Internal Affairs is being kept pretty busy these days.  Now they've
got to investigate members of the MPD softball team who showed up after a
game rip-roaring drunk to the Double Deuce strip club in Northeast
Minneapolis - so drunk the bouncer wouldn't let them in.  They started
flashing their badges and one cop is caught on film peeing on the building
in retaliation.  The crew then stumbled down (or drove?) to Mayslak's Bar
and picked fights with the patrons, saying that no one could stop them
because they are cops.  A passerby who tried to break up one of the fights
was beaten by the cops.  Interestingly, on duty cops arrived at the scene
but no police report was ever filed.

Nicholas Kastner Footage Hits the Airwaves 9/4
 This latest video release shows Kastner, a passenger in a car that was
allegedly involved in burglarizing cars in a parking ramp, sprawled on the
floor of the ramp, arms spread eagle, when officers Sherry Appeldorn and
Joseph Will kicked and stomped him on his back multiple times before
tasing him twice.  Appeldorn claimed that Kastner refused to get on the
ground, though the video clearly proves that's a lie.  Kastner is now
suing the MPD for an undisclosed amount.  Kastner's lawyer, Fred Goetz,
told the Star Tribune, "It's not isolated conduct. You have two incidents
captured on videotape. How many times is it not captured?"

How much does all of this cost, and what can we do about it?
 Much has been said about the high cost of settlements and judgements
faced by taxpayers.  However, a little-noticed report released by the MPD
to the city council runs down overtime by the top 25 officers.  The list
is a veritable roster of brutal cops.  Apparently if you abuse people, you
are rewarded with overtime.  The report can be seen at
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2009-meetings/20090828/docs/MPD_OvertimeUpdate_RCA.pdf
While the report suggests that the MPD has taken measures to reduce
overtime (compared to 2008 with the RNC and 2007 with the bridge
collapse), perhaps a greater savings could be realized by simply banning
brutal cops from doing overtime and off-duty work - or, better yet -
getting them completely off the payroll.

Another action item that is gaining some traction is CUAPB's call to
require police officers to carry their own professional liability
insurance, much as doctors, nurses and others currently do.  Insurance
companies would soon grow weary of paying the claims and defending brutal
cops in court, rendering certain officers uninsurable and removing them
from the force.  This would also remove the burden from the city's general
fund and, thus, from taxpayers.  After all, why should we continue to fund
our own oppression?

Other ideas that have been floated include having community input into the
police officer's labor contract, an elected police commission that would
oversee both the chief and the CRA, paying settlements and judgements from
the police department budget or even out of individual officer's pension
funds.  At a time in which the city has taken action to lock down access
to CRA complaints, we also need much more transparency.  Perhaps with
elections for the mayor and city council on the horizon, some of these
ideas will finally be given serious consideration.  If not, there's always
the possibility of federal receivership.

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LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON'T REIGN IN THE COPS
 Okay, this may seem extreme but when considered against the long list
above as well as incidents such as the beating of a man a few years ago by
a drunk off-duty Minneapolis cop who drove the wrong way down a one-way
street, just about anything seems possible.  Maybe we shouldn't let cops
bring guns into court.

Fire chief shot by cop in Ark. court over tickets
By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press
Thu Sep 3, 7:41 pm ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090903/ap_on_re_us/us_shot_in_court

JERICHO, Ark. - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on
the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don
Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and
their speed traps.

The response from cops? They shot him. Right there in court.

Payne ended up in the hospital, but his shooting last week brought to a
boil simmering tensions between residents of this tiny former cotton city
and their police force. Drivers quickly learn to slow to a crawl along the
gravel roads and the two-lane highway that run through Jericho, but they
say sometimes that isn't enough to fend off the city ticketing machine.

"You can't even get them to answer a call because normally they're writing
tickets," said Thomas Martin, chief investigator for the Crittenden County
Sheriff's Department. "They're not providing a service to the citizens."

Now the police chief has disbanded his force "until things calm down," a
judge has voided all outstanding police-issued citations and sheriff's
deputies are asking where all the money from the tickets went. With 174
residents, the city can keep seven police officers on its rolls but missed
payments on police and fire department vehicles and saw its last business
close its doors a few weeks ago.

"You can't even buy a loaf of bread, but we've got seven police officers,"
said former resident Larry Harris, who left town because he said the
police harassment became unbearable.

Sheriff's deputies patrolled Jericho until the 1990s, when the city
received grant money to start its own police force, Martin said.

Police often camped out in the department's two cruisers along the highway
that runs through town, waiting for drivers who failed to slow down when
they reached the 45 mph zone ringing Jericho. Residents say the ticketing
got out of hand.

"When I first moved out here, they wrote me a ticket for going 58 mph in
my driveway," 75-year-old retiree Albert Beebe said.

The frequent ticketing apparently led to the vandalization of the
cruisers, and the department took to parking the cars overnight at the
sheriff's department eight miles away.

It was anger over traffic tickets that brought Payne to city hall last
week, said his lawyer, Randy Fishman. After Payne failed to get a traffic
ticket dismissed on Aug. 27, police gave Payne or his son another ticket
that day. Payne, 39, returned to court to vent his anger to Judge Tonya
Alexander, Fishman said.

It's unclear exactly what happened next, but Martin said an argument
between Payne and the seven police officers who attended the hearing
apparently escalated to a scuffle, ending when an officer shot Payne from
behind.

Doctors in Memphis, Tenn., removed a .40-caliber bullet from Payne's hip
bone, Martin said.  Another officer suffered a grazing wound to his finger
from the bullet.

Martin declined to name the officer who shot Payne. It's unclear if the
officer has been disciplined.

Prosecutor Lindsey Fairley said Thursday that he didn't plan to file any
felony charges against the officer or Payne. Fairley, reached at his home,
said Payne could face a misdemeanor charge stemming from the scuffle, but
that would be up to the city's judge. He said he didn't remember the name
of the officer who fired the shot.

Payne remains in good condition at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
He referred questions to his lawyer.

"I know that he was unarmed and I know he was shot," Fishman said. "None
of that sounds too good for the city to me."

After the shooting, Martin said police chief Willie Frazier told the
sheriff's department he was disbanding the police force "until things calm
down." The sheriff's department has been patrolling the town in the
meantime.

A call to a city hall number listed as Frazier's went to a fax machine.
Frazier did not respond to a written request for comment sent to his
office.

Alexander, the judge, has voided all the tickets written by the department
both inside the city and others written outside of its jurisdiction 
citations that the department apparently had no power to write. Alexander,
who works as a lawyer in West Memphis, resigned as Jericho's judge in the
aftermath of the shooting, Fairley said. She did not return calls for
comment.

Meanwhile, sheriff's deputies want to know where the money from the
traffic fines went. Martin said that it appeared the $150 tickets weren't
enough to protect the city's finances. Sheriff's deputies once had to
repossess one of the town's police cruisers for failure to pay on a lease,
and the state Forestry Commission recently repossessed one of the city's
fire trucks because of nonpayment.

City hall has been shuttered since the shooting, and any records of how
the money was spent are apparently locked inside. No one answered when a
reporter knocked on the door on Tuesday.

Mayor Helen Adams declined to speak about the shooting when approached
outside her home, saying she had just returned from a doctor's appointment
and couldn't talk.

"We'll get with you after all this comes through," Adams said Tuesday
before shutting the door.

A white Ford Crown Victoria sat in her driveway with "public property"
license plates. A sales brochure advertising police equipment sat in the
back seat of the car.


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Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 13:35:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: Kelly <saintcurmudgeon [at] EARTHLINK.NET>
To: st paul issues forum <stpaul-issues [at] forums.e-democracy.org>
Subject: "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher

What is amazing about the "Chicken Little" title being assigned to Ramsey
County Sheriff Fletcher is that this title is coming from a undercover
cop, who should normally be one of the Sheriff's strongest supporters. In
"Cop Book" a retired 27-year veteran of the Bloomington Police Department,
Richard Greelis writes about a honcho cop he calls "Chicken Little". Ruben
Rosario quotes Richard Greelis in his Star Tribune column: "He wanted the
credit for saving St. Paul from the sky that was, according to him,
falling fast," Greelis writes. "In addition to airing his concerns, he
tended not to play well with other cop-types who did not work for him -
like our intel unit." According to Greelis, this official was so adamant
that his unit remove an informant who infiltrated a reputed anarchist
group that he actually followed Greelis from a Minneapolis surveillance
spot and pulled him over as if he was executing a routine pull-over
traffic stop. (Star Tribune)


So do the statements that Sheriff Fletcher has made over the years sound
like "The sky is falling". You be the judge! The sky is falling, tire
spikes and slingshots could destroy St Paul.

The weekend before the September convention, he [Sheriff Fletcher] led
raids on the homes of anarchists. Then he held press conferences
justifying the raids by displaying tire spikes and slingshots that he says
would have "destroyed" St. Paul. (MPR)

Especially note the alleged spikes were found in the home of guy who
recycles metal to earn money.The sky is falling, protesters are criminal!

The "Welcoming Committee" is a criminal enterprise made up of 35
self-described anarchists who are intent on committing criminal acts
before and during the Republican National Convention. These acts include
tactics to blockade and disable delegate buses, breaching venue security
and injuring police officers. They have recruited assistance in their
criminal conspiracy from other anarchists groups throughout the country.
Through their plans and actions they have exhibited a blatant disregard
for the law and the safety of others. (MPR)

I find it especially amusing that the group is mostly vegetarian! The sky
is falling, we need a giant holding pen to hold thousands of RNC people
who will be arrested. Unfortunately the original link to the Sheriff's
quote is gone, however there are still references to the giant pen. A year
and a half before the RNC, Fletcher and Bostrom publicly disagreed over
the sheriff's budget request to build a massive holding pen for people who
would be arrested during the week. (MPR)

The sky is falling, I will finger print these cards to find out who wrote
that question!

"The lead law enforcer for Ramsey County is confiscating cards and
threatening suits and threatening fingerprinting and stuff; this has just
gone beyond the pale of what is appropriate for him," contends community
activist Pam Ellison, who ran for Congress as an Independence Party
candidate, was at the debate. (MPR)

At a political debate in 2003, Fletcher confiscated cards with questions
from the audience. One of the questioners asked about Fletcher's personal
relationship to candidate Kris Reiter, who was running for a St. Paul City
Council seat. Reiter lost the election and Fletcher was cleared.Reiter and
Fletcher had talked about suing the League of Women Voters for slander and
defamation. So far, no lawsuit has not been filed. Fletcher and Reiter are
now married. (MPR)

The sky is falling, meth is far more dangerous than any other drug.

Law enforcement officers who see the growing impact of methamphetamine
firsthand say meth is far more dangerous than any other drug they've
encountered. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher says meth is easier to
make and more addictive than marijuana, cocaine and crack. (MPR)

The sky is falling, Asian Gangs have guns!

Fletcher estimates that, since 1989, Southeast Asian gangs have stolen 600
to 700 guns in this way in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For all the
firearms that should be floating around as a result, there have been few
reports of violent crimes by gang members. (City Pages)

The sky is falling, gangs, gangs, gangs!

In 1997 the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill establishing the Minnesota
Gang Strike Force. [precursor to Metro Gang Strike Force] O'Hara says that
it never would have happened without Fletcher leading the way. (Star
Tribune)

By the same token, the Sheriff seems to be really good at telling the
press and everyone to not look at his own department and responsibilities.
The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at the financial practices of
metro gang task force. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher repeatedly tried
to prevent a state investigation into the financial operations of the
Metro Gang Strike Force, over which his office has fiscal oversight,
according to officials directly involved in the state probe that led to
the sudden shutdown last week of the unit's activities. (MPR)

The sky is falling elsewhere, really, really,don't look at the financial
practices of metro gang task force.

Hearing this, members of the Strike Force high-tailed it to their office
in New Brighton. There, they allegedly shredded documents, tampered with
computer files, and were busy boxing up their belongings when West St.
Paul Police Chief Bud Shaver, head of the Strike Force advisory board,
showed up and confronted the cops. Shaver, in turn, called Omodt, who
arrived shortly thereafter to find the aftermath of what appeared to be a
hastily carried out cover-up operation.Fletcher was once again in the
headlines. He attributed the unaccounted-for cars and cash to "sloppy
bookkeeping," and maintained that the officers were merely "clearing out
their desks." (City Pages)

The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at all the Ramsey county court
settlements for Fletcher management practices.

In July 2001, Moore was summoned by Fletcher. The sheriff told him that he
was transferring him to the Apprehension Unit, a lowly destination for a
lieutenant. No officer ranked as high as lieutenant had ever served there.
Moore remembered he had informed his colleague Dennis Flaherty, a Fletcher
supporter, of his intent to run for sheriff just 10 days earlier.
Fletcher's parting words confirmed his worst suspicions."By the way," he
said. "I spoke to Flaherty." This exchange would come out in a lawsuit
Moore filed in 2006. Joining the suit was Sergeant Joyce Shockency, who
had campaigned extensively for Moore and found herself similarly
transferred. The case never went to trial. The circumstances and evidence
were strong enough in the plaintiffs' favor to compel attorneys for Ramsey
County and Fletcher to settle. The settlement cost Ramsey County taxpayers
$750,000. (City Pages)

The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at the medical care or other care
given to prisoners in Sheriff Fletcher's jail.

St. Paul, Minn. - Randy Gallmeyer, 46, was arrested Oct. 19 for allegedly
riding a motorized bicycle drunk. He was taken to the Ramsey County jail
on that Friday night. By the following Sunday morning he was
dead.Gallmeyer died of untreated diabetes. But his blood sugar levels had
not been tested. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said an internal
investigation shows that the nurses on staff did try to test Gallmeyer
when he was booked... Fletcher has been named in a wrongful-death suit
filed by Gallmeyer's family. The family is also suing the city of St.
Paul, Ramsey County and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department.
Gallmeyer's mother Nora had dropped off medication for her son while he
was in jail. She says, even if the blame is shifted to a jail nurse, she
still holds the sheriff responsible for what happens in the county jail.
(MPR)

Paul, Minn. - Cameron Kennedy, 19, of Mankato, was arrested last Monday,
on the first day of the convention, after he and his friends joined a
protest in downtown St. Paul. The next night at the Ramsey County
detention center, Kennedy says he witnessed a brutal beating of a young
man named Elliot Hughes after Hughes and others chanted for food all day.
"The guards tackled him, threw him to the ground. I saw him specifically
hit his head against the concrete," said Kennedy. "That's when a bunch of
guards swarmed him. I didn't see the rest because there were about 13
guards that swarmed him." Kennedy also says many of his friends didn't get
immediate medical attention for injuries they sustained during the arrests
in downtown St. Paul. He says one friend had an injured wrist, while the
other had an injured ankle. Kennedy says he didn't have access to his
asthma medicine, even on the day he was released. "That morning I asked
for my inhaler. I'm an asthmatic. I have an inhaler, and he said it was
going to take him about 15 minutes to get it out of my property. And I
never got it," said Kennedy. Not getting medications or medical attention
is the biggest complaint that lawyers with the National Lawyers Guild
received throughout the week of the RNC. Gena Berglund, Coordinator of the
NLG Legal Observer Program, has some examples. The guild listed some of
those complaints. There was a hemophiliac who had a wound, and rather than
being treated appropriately for that, the person was given a gauze for the
wound. There was a woman who was pepper-sprayed, who was not
decontaminated in the jail. There was one arrestee that had severe asthma
and his medication was denied to him. A man with schizo-affective disorder
was not getting his medication. Another person with gastrointestinal
problems. There was one other person on psychiatric meds that were denied.
(MPR)

The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at two close working buddies in
Sheriff Fletcher's jail convicted of theft.

Two Ramsey County sheriff's department staffers were convicted of theft.
Bob Fletcher buddies Timothy Rehak and Mark Naylon failed an "integrity
test"; they kept an FBI-planted $6,000. The men were also convicted of
civil-rights deprivation, which apparently happens when you steal stuff,
the Strib's Rochelle Olson explains. Each count carries a 10-year
sentence; the judge will be tough, an ex-U.S. attorney says. The jury took
less than four hours to convict the men, the PiPress' David Hanners notes.
(MinnPost)

The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at closely at the way that
Sheriff Fletcher hands out gun permits.  Ramsey County Sheriff Bob
Fletcher wants to revoke a gun permit from a Bill Finney supporter. (MPR)

Performing the same calculations that were used for the 2007 data, Sheriff
Fletcher's actual denial rates for 2005 and 2006 are 20.0% and 25.7%,
respectively. These cumulative denial rates are so far outside the norm
for any other county as to stretch the limits of believability. The only
explanation seems to be that Sheriff Fletcher is denying applicants based
on some other standard known only to him, a standard which is apparently
much higher than the legislated one that 86 other sheriffs in Minnesota
seem to be using with great success. (Muckraker)

The sky is falling elsewhere, don't look at the growing budgets of Sheriff
Fletcher, when everyone else has to cut back budgets.  Since Fletcher took
office, his roster of full-time deputies has swelled 31 percent from 311
to 408, and his budget has climbed from $20 million to $43 million, a 51
percent rise after inflation. The rest of the county budget, adjusted for
inflation, grew 21.5 percent during the same span. (Star Tribune)

These statements are from public sources, widely available. What shocks me
is that a public official can do all of this and still be in office.

Grace Kelly nicknamed Kelly
Curmudgeon from Merriam Park
Grace (nicknamed Kelly) Kelly
Merriam Park, St Paul


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Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2009 15:00:51 -0500
From: Bill Kahn <wjkahn [at] mac.com>
To: st paul issues forum <stpaul-issues [at] forums.e-democracy.org>
Subject: Re: [SPIF] "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher

Seems like her post was predominantly a collection of reliable news
reports, with a little colorful commentary between them, here and there.

I'm afraid when someone is the subject of so many stories about poor
judgement and bad management resulting in the loss of several hundreds
of thousands of dollars (perhaps millions when the RNC awards and
settlements start flowing), it is a public service and not simply
partisan to point out their deficiencies. Just wait until the Feds get
through with all of this Gang Strike Force stuff.

It really goes to show that you've got to size up the folks running
the jingoist campaigns, even jingoist administrations very carefully
before taking the risk that they are going to be any good at all in
the positions they run for.

Fletcher fails such examination, and I could think of a few more
running in the same fashion for St. Paul offices who should be
eschewed by voters; but that's another thread where a few are like to
figuratively throw as many presbyters (one, anyway) or others not to
their liking to the lions as in Rome of the Caesars. Perhaps in St.
Paul this does not play quite as well to the crowd as it did in Rome
early in the first millennium of the Common Era.

We've got so few lions in St. Paul, perhaps trampling under the
Quadriga on the Capitol might be a better analogy.


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Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2009 14:53:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Erik Hare <wabbitoid47 [at] yahoo.com>
To: stpaul-issues [at] forums.e-democracy.org
Subject: Re: [SPIF] "Chicken Little" Sheriff Fletcher

We live in a time when an awful lot of the systems and institutions that
we have come to rely on are unquestionably screwed up.  For example, we
fought a war that killed around 200k people for reasons that no one can
articulate.  We entered the (roughly) 5th Depression in US history and
nearly every self-described "expert" claims that no one saw it coming.  A
bridge collapsed on us despite the fact that the problem was carefully
photographed and included in an official report.  Our leadership has
failed us in ways that are simply astounding.

One of the terrible failures of leadership that I see here in Saint Paul
is the horrible mismanagement that has been made systematic under the
tenure of Bob Fletcher.  The largess of his department's budget,
documented thuggery and lying during the RNC, and now endemic corruption
of the gang task force show that he is, to my mind, grossly incompetent
and dangerous.  I think that replacing him at the soonest possible
opportunity has to be a top priority.

However, the political reality is that Sheriff Fletcher has his
supporters.  They have a power that has kept ranks closed behind him in
both political terms and quite literally as I've watched Deputies fill the
room behind him.  I find this all very scary.

With the situation this dire and the political divide so deep that action
of any kind is difficult, what should we do?  How can those of us who
think Bob Fletcher is a serious problem take action?

I do not consider this to be a joking matter.  In fact, I believe that the
vast majority of people in this county who are unfamiliar with the problem
need to have it described to them in clear, concise terms.  This is what I
am doing here.

Zingers and cute statements that belittle the problem do not help.  In
fact, they are likely to inflame the passionate supporters of Sheriff
Fletcher into creating a similar response.  As the heat turns up on one
more political argument in our lives, what are the undecided people
supposed to think?  The most likely response is that they will tune it all
out, as they tune out so much of the terrible noise that has been a
diversion away from the real failures of leadership that plague us at all
levels.

There's already far, far too much noise.  If you want something done, you
have to get past it.

The litany of charges against Sheriff Fletcher is long and largely
unanswered.  As citizens struggle to take control of the many issues that
confront us, clarity is critical.  More noise, more fight, and more
cuteness isn't going to help.  We have to start stating the cases against
the supposed "leaders" that are failing us in a way that engages and
empowers people to take action.

I would hope that the experience of the last decade or so would prove to
us that noise is the enemy.  If you believe, as I do, that things have
only gotten worse as the diversions captured all the attention, it would
logically follow that we have to do something a bit different.

Let's not feed into the noise, please.  I happen to believe that the
problem with Sheriff Fletcher is far too serious to be cute about.

Thank you.


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     OUR JIMMY

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. We smile and push
 salesman or pimp.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He gets cats out
 of trees and clubs them.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. Do what he says,
 or he beats us up.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He arrested his
 whole second grade class.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He whacks eggs with
 a league baseball bat.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He yells Eat my
 broccoli - or else!

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He jackboots parts
 from small animals.

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. He screams Show me
 your parent papers!

 Our Jimmy wants to
 be a cop. We're moving out
 of here before then.


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 The mafia has
 goons. The ruling class has cops
 sheriffs and mayors.


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                      Beat all that you can beat.
                                Go cop.
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