Brooklyn Center approves sweeping policing changes


MPR and the AP report: “City councilors in the Twin Cities suburb of Brooklyn Center on Saturday night approved a resolution paving the way for major changes to public safety. The 4-1 vote to move Mayor Mike Elliott’s proposal forward came at the end of an almost three-hour meeting. And it happened just over a month after police were shot dead on Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in the city. The resolution would create new divisions of unarmed civilian employees to handle non-mobile traffic violations and respond to mental health crises. It would also limit the situations in which officers can make arrests.

From WCCO-TV: “Minneapolis Police are investigating after a child was shot in the head in North Minneapolis on Saturday night. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on the 2200 block of Ilion Avenue. Police believe a red four-door Ford was driving down an alley when someone inside shot a house. Children were playing in the yard and police said a preteen was shot in the head. Police say she is in “very critical condition” at an area hospital. “

Jim Buchta of the Star Tribune writes: “The hottest Twin Cities housing market in decades sparks bidding wars with bids well above asking price, prompting puzzling questions from upset fighters: Where are all those buyers coming from? ? And where does the money come from? Real estate listing sites reveal part of the answer. A growing number of house hunters in the Twin Cities are off-staters wielding deals from coastal market house sales where hikers go for seven figures. Their tidy sums offer a disproportionate advantage in a metropolitan market where asking prices are a bargain. “

Also from WCCO-TV: “Albert Lea police are asking the public to avoid Hawthorne Street and Ulsted Avenue after a 50-car train derailed in the area. Freeborn County officials say the train derailed in the 1300 block of Eastgate Road. There is a hazardous material leak and local residents are urged to shelter in place. The leak is not airborne, police said. Early Saturday evening, authorities confirmed that the substance leaking from the derailed cars was hydrochloric acid.

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In the Star Tribune, Libor Jany writes: “It’s been almost a year, but sometimes Kenisha Collins has yet to convince herself that it is safe to venture outside after dark. … On a balmy night last June, Collins and a group of friends were lining up outside a restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis when a Shooting broke out on crowded street, injuring 11 people. Collins was shot twice in the knee and once in the thigh. … But since then, local authorities have said almost nothing about what is considered one of the deadliest shootings in the city’s history … They still have not released the details of the incident, offered a potential motive or named suspects.

Also for the AP, Matthew Barakat writes:A former Army Green Beret and University of Minnesota student who admitted to leaking military secrets to Russia over a 15-year period was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on Friday for espionage.. The 15-year and 8-month sentence imposed on Peter Dzibinski Debbins, 46, of Gainesville, Virginia, by U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton was broadly in line with the 17-year sentence sought by prosecutors. Defense lawyers have asked for a five-year term. “

The Pioneer Press’ Jace Frederick says: “Kevin Garnett thanked a lot of people during his Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday. He thanked Isiah Thomas…. He thanked his sister, his daughters, former teammates, coaches and front office members. He even thanked his competitors, including his fellow Hall of Fame inductees of the 2020 Class, Tim Duncan and the late Kobe Bryant. He thanked his mother, Shirley. … And yes, he thanked Minnesota and reaffirmed his commitment to the state in which he spent the first 12 years as well as the final year and a half of his NBA career.

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