By Jake Rossen
By Jesse Marx
By Michelle LeBow
By Alleen Brown
By Maggie LaMaack
By CP Staff
By Jesse Marx
I would like to commend City Pages on the article regarding police harassment at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department ("To Disrespect and to Serve," 2/27/08). As a black man living in Minneapolis, I know this is a very serious problem here. Too many police officers have the feeling that policing includes intimidating and verbally assaulting people of color. I drive to downtown Minneapolis to pick up my wife after her classes, and as soon as I arrive in the downtown area I get followed by the MPD, turning every corner I do to the point that I have to park my car in any spot I can find just to have them stop. For many of the African American population here in Minneapolis, the MPD is seen as a very racist organization. I think we should take a look at the number of complaints and lawsuits against this department and bring this issue to a level of interest that's more than just tonight's news. Serious changes need to be made to that department.
You don't have to be black in an impound lot to be disrespected by the police. I'm white and called 911 for an intruder complaint in my apartment building. When the dispatcher called me back to let in the backup officers, I got bitched out in no uncertain terms for not acting fast enough to let them in. I was confused and wanted to go to the door and verify that they were in fact cops. So I figured this black female dispatcher needed a "time out" and wrote a letter to the MPD. What I got back was a complete denial, that her supervisor had reviewed the tape of my call and that my complaint is not sustained.
John Davies via email
I want to take a moment to commend you on the smooth transition in your restaurant section. Dara's shoes are big ones to fill, but Rachel and James have done an excellent job so far. After moving to New York a few months ago, I haven't stopped reading the great reviews from the City Pages and don't plan on it any time soon. Kudos, keep up the good work.
Justin Crum New York, New York
Thank you very much for the wonderful review ("Island in the Snow," 2/27/08). Many of my new customers and I were so impressed with your refreshing style of writing. Keep up the great work and please visit us anytime.
Marla Jadoonanan St. Anthony
I enjoyed reading Bridgette Reinsmoen's restaurant review on the last two issues (2/6/08 and 2/13/08). It was casual and refreshing, very pleasant to read. She provided just the right amount of information to help someone plan a visit to the restaurant. Although this may have been an interim assignment until the new section starts, I hope to see her work again in the future.
Mayuri Sugita Minneapolis
I wrote to City Pages back in 1990, and I'm writing again. Yes, at age 36, I still have plenty of anger and now outrage because CP has again decided to give these bastards space in your paper ("Skinheads at Forty," 2/20/08). When I was in high school, I had a party. Several Baldies showed up even though they were not invited. They broke things, and stole my father's antique shotgun, among other firearms (which means they went into rooms deemed "off limits," and searched through the dressers, not to mention rooting through the basement). The stereo equipment was unplugged and halfway out the door when I finally threatened to call the cops and threw everyone out, including my friends. As if it wasn't hard enough having to deal with my parents knowing that I'd had a party while they were out of town, suddenly I'm being dragged down to the liaison officer at school to get yelled at by some cop because "now more guns are on the street, and it's your fault." It didn't matter that I gave names (some of whom have graced your paper yet again), and even showed the cops the pictures in the article, the stuff was never recovered and those douchebags never sat in jail a day. I found out years later that people who went to high school all over the city, as well as the suburbs, always feared Baldies might show up at their parties. Not cops. Although I now wish the cops had shown up that night. The Baldies were not the heroes you make them out to be. They were only a bunch of drunk thugs who intimidated everyone.
Megan Duke Minneapolis