Minnesota Law & Politics cover spoofs Metro Gang Strike Force


The Metro Gang Strike Force is dead and buried, a victim of his own corruption, ineptitude and general flouting of constitutional rights. But it seems we can't rid ourselves of its stench. Lawyers for the unit have tried putting pressure on the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library to pull a published state report on the defunct from its Web site. And now, Minnesota Law & Politics plays the whole sorry episode for laughs on its November cover.

The cover shot is clearly a play on Comedy Central's "Reno 911," and sets up the magazine's year-end wrap of notable lawsuits. Inside, the magazine reviews Dagoberto Rodriguez Cardona v. City of Minneapolis and the Metro Gang Strike Force, the lawsuit that later made possible a class action civil rights suit against the unit.

"The average cost of recovering an impounded car in Minneapolis is $158," the magazine says. "Imagine Dagoberto Rodriguez Cardona's surprise when an additional $4,500 was taken from him."