It’s Labor Day, you may have heard.
So here’s a little history they generally don’t teach in school.
How two women and 11 children were among those who died at the hands of government forces so we could have decent working conditions. It was the Ludlow Massacre.
In the aftermath of the Market Basket labor settlement, one of the very few times that a CEO showed why valuing employees is good for the bottom line, CBS Sunday Morning provided a terrific analysis of the situation that’s entirely appropriate for Labor Day weekend.
The St. Paul Police Federation, the police union, is disputing the assertion that police officers were at fault in the arrest of an African American man who was sitting in chairs in the St. Paul skyway.
The video of Chris Lollie’s arrest in January, which was released this week (available here), has prompted a call for a review of the incident from Saint Paul mayor Chris Coleman.
In a statement released today, union president Dave Titus said he stands behind the officers involved.
The St. Paul Police Federation stands by the three officers involved in the January 31st arrest of Christopher Lollie. The officers involved acted responsibly, respectfully and in accordance with the high professional standards we expect from our members. “We do not choose what calls we respond to, and we do not have the luxury of having all of the information prior to arrival. The three very experienced and decorated officers responding to this call repeatedly attempted to determine the level of threat presented by Mr. Lollie and to deescalate the situation. The outcome of this arrest was determined by Mr. Lollie himself. He refused numerous lawful orders for an extended period of time. The only person who brought race into this situation was Mr. Lollie.”
The officers involved in this case collectively have over 70 years of law enforcement experience, received over 80 commendations, thank-yous or other forms of recognition, and only two reprimands. “Officers Michael Johnson, Bruce Schmidt and Lori Hayne are the types of officers any department would be proud to have on staff. Its unfortunate to see the professionalism of such decorated, dedicated officers called into question but we are confident in their work and stand with them.”
St. Paul Police Officers have tremendous relationships with the residents of St. Paul. Residents recognize our efforts everyday to help maintain safe neighbors throughout the city. Our officers work with groups like the St. Paul Athletic League, Safe City Nights and National Night Out to bring St. Paul residents and officers closer together. The Federation welcomes a review of the events on January 31st by the Police-Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) and feels confident such a review will continue to strengthen the relationships police officers already hold.
“Some of the Mayor’s statements regarding this arrest were inflammatory and could potentially and unnecessarily create an unsafe climate for residents and officers alike. The comparisons he makes do not reflect the already solid relationships that exist here and could be detrimental to our on-going efforts to build even stronger ties. The Federation looks forward to working with the community and continuing to bolster our relationships throughout the city.”
How St. Paul’s new reputation might’ve been avoided
Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic pretty much gets it right today in his assessment of the arrest of Chris Lollie, the man in the self-taken video who apparently violated a law that doesn’t exist when he sat down in the St. Paul Skyway (The First National Bank building was listed as the “victim” in the Read more →
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The speech most CEOs would never give
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After a decade of war, a peace group hangs up its signs Read more →
Does a septic system violate religious freedom?
KTTC reports that an Amish family had to go to court yesterday for building without a permit. Ammon Swartzentruber and his wife, Sarah, say provisions in the permit violate their beliefs. Read more →
Slate and CBS political analyst John Dickerson suggests today that the end of the Scott Walker era may be at hand in Wisconsin. A poll shows Walker’s Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, has her biggest lead — just 2 percentage points — or the campaign so far. While that suggests that it’s anybody’s race, Dickerson says Read more →
Dispatches from the ‘security show’
No doubt there are legitimate terrorist threats to the world’s aviation system — that much is certainly obvious — but we’re going to suggest that this isn’t really one of them. Read more →
‘Little people’ win a big labor showdown
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Animation: What the St. Croix bridge will look like
We’ve got a better idea of how the new St. Croix bridge will look and whether it will ruin one of the most gorgeous vistas in Minnesota. Read more →
One small suggestion for Minneapolis public schools. Pick up the phone. KARE 11′s Boyd Huppert reports on the problem Sean Boyce had when a bus carrying his first-grader home on his first day of school didn’t show up. He called Minneapolis Public Schools and got put on hold. He called Kenwood Elementary on another line Read more →