Cop Out

St. Paul experiencing a shortage of head-bustin' thugs

As hoards of RNC protesters begin trickling into the Twin Cities, the St. Paul police department is coming up a bit short of their 3,500 officers-on-the-ground goal. Last week, the department experienced a minor setback when the Wisconsin State Patrol backed out of their pledge to send 50 or so troopers to St. Paul.

Citing a statutory prohibition, the Badger State dicks opted out. Wisconsin State Patrol Superintendent David Collins says he had no choice. "If we could be there, we would, but we legally can't," Collins explains. "Our mutual aid statute limits where we can go to counties that are directly adjacent to Wisconsin."

St. Paul police remain unfazed.

Not my problem, I'm off duty
Not my problem, I'm off duty

"There will be other agencies that'll fill those numbers," says spokesperson Tom Walsh. "Would we rather have agencies directly adjacent to us providing support? Sure, but we'll take what we can."

Stopping short of releasing the exact figures, Walsh said they were "very close" to the 3,500 benchmark and confirmed that at least 3,000 officers are lined up and ready to crack protestors' skulls (not his exact words). —Matt Snyders

Hail a Huffy

Your next cab may be a bicycle.

On Friday, the Minneapolis City Council will vote on revising its pedicab ordinance to allow the people-powered taxis to run at night. The measure was approved in committee last week.

Kao Rosa, a Corcoran neighborhood resident, approached the council about changing the legislation. Having pedaled a cab in San Diego, he hoped to start a business here, but found it would be impossible to make a living during the limited hours of operation allowed by law.

Pedicabs are popular in New York City, with estimates of some 600 on the streets. The City Council there tried to cap registrations for traffic reasons, but the courts struck it down.

"It's a fun way to get around," says Councilman Gary Schiff, who dreams of a Twin Cities where pedicabs dominate the roads. "It's green, too." —Beth Walton

Alphabet suit

3M is suing 3N.

The Minnesota maker of shit people steal from work claims that 3N is infringing on its trademark, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

In 13 pages of exhibits, however, 3M fails to include a single example of the logo from its supposed impersonator, a California firm that ensures customers can complete phone calls and emails in the midst of a crisis.

Could it be because 3N's logo, with a stylish lowercase "n," looks nothing like 3M's blockish emblem?

Neither company returned calls seeking comment. Good thing, because we wouldn't have been able to tell them apart. —Jonathan Kaminsky

 
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