Until today, few people likely thought of a sanitation worker as a victim of the Jamar Clark shooting in Minneapolis in November 2015. But today’s City Pages article on what happened to one of them — Alan Ditty — is a disturbing piece of journalism.
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MPR’s Tom Weber asked his considerable audience today, ‘What’s next? Where do we go from here?’ in the aftermath of last week’s police shootings, the attack on police officers in Dallas, and Saturday night’s riot on I-94.
Of the many suggestions, ‘equip police with body cameras’ seemed to be among the most common. That’s not surprising, Minnesota politicians have been wrestling with the question even before Jamar Clark was shot to death by Minneapolis police last November.
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A time for healing? You go first
A Star Tribune editorial puts the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of activists who have demanded justice in the Jamar Clark killing, calling activists ‘unfair’ for saying nothing has changed. Read more →
Protesters with air horns disrupted last night’s MinnRoast, the fundraiser at the State Theater for the independent news site MinnPost [dislaimer: I am a financial contributor to MinnPost], after Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges used an incident during the 4th Precinct protests as the setting for a joke about her husband. Last November 18, a group Read more →
A trial would have at least been a venue to question and cross-examine everyone involved in the shooting. Read more →
Since last November’s police killing of Jamar Clark, perhaps you’ve seen a recurring theme in the public discourse: ‘But he was beating up his girlfriend; why isn’t anyone paying attention to that?’ Read more →
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says his office, not a grand jury, will make the final call on whether to press charges against Minneapolis police officers in the November shooting of Jamar Clark. That’s a victory for protesters. Read more →
Ellison and other officials tried the declare-victory-and-go-home strategy to get Black Lives Matter protesters to end their 4th Precinct demonstration. It didn’t work. Read more →