While St. Paul city officials dealt with the fallout from the allegedly racially motivated tasing of Chris Lollie, the Minneapolis City Council approved purchasing 50 new tasers for its police force.On Friday, council green-lighted spending $130,000 for the tasers, which run $999.95 each, along with ... More >>
The officer-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is symptomatic of nationwide problems regarding the relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they're supposed to serve and protect, Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the ACLU-MN, tells us."A lot of the ... More >>
A day after the ACLU announced federal lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis, the City Council attempted to address those concerns by watering down its "Clean Zone" resolution.The original resolution approved by council in February appeared to give Major League Baseball veto power over the permitt ... More >>
Two years ago, Riley Stratton, then a 6th grader at a school in the Minnewaska School District in western Minnesota, was punished by administrators for posting after school on her Facebook page that she "hated" a teacher who had been "mean" to her. In a separate incident, administrators forced Stra ... More >>
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.THE BACKSTORY: Camera unlawfully tak ... More >>
Last week, Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said suspended Rogers High School senior Reid Sagehorn could potentially face a felony charge for his now-infamous two-word tweet about making out with a young gym teacher.Hennepin County authorities announced Friday that Sagehorn won't be charged with any ... More >>
Politicians will speak to the press this afternoon about a possible plan to equip police officers with body cameras as early as 2014. SEE ALSO: Minneapolis paid out $868k in police settlements for 2012 KSTP broke the story last night, citing unnamed sources who claim that "the plan is to ... More >>
When the DRE scandal first made headlines last spring, City Pages talked with Dan Feidt to get his perspective on how the story fit into the broader narrative of America's war on drugs.CITY PAGES' DRE SCANDAL SERIES:-- DRE officer: "I don't know what the big deal is I just gave them marijuana" [PART ... More >>
Just over a week after news broke that the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples have hits out on all Twin Cities cops, an alleged member of the Bloods faces a terroristic threats charge for his new tattoo.SEE ALSO: Forest Lake school bans Taylor Gang shirts because 'name is code word for marijuana use' ... More >>
MORE WAR-ON-SMOKING COVERAGE:-- Hennepin County bans smoking everywhere, even its cars-- Bad news for cig smoking Twins fans: You can no longer smoke at Target FieldIn June, Fridley resident Stephanie Cannon got a job as a receptionist with Park Nicollet Health Services at the Frauenshuh Cancer Cent ... More >>
The ACLU of Minnesota announced today that for the time being, it will not be paying out the $1,000 bounty it offered in exchange for a proven case of voter impersonation.In February, the ACLU offered $1,000 for any "no good lyin' cheatin' vote stealin' rascal who would have been caught if the c ... More >>
The controversial charter school was more than just a First Amendment fiasco
The ACLU of Minnesota has stepped into the voter-ID controversy by offering a bounty: $1,000 for any "no good lyin' cheatin' vote stealin' rascal who would have been caught if the currently proposed Voter ID Amendment had already been enacted." ACLU Executive Director Chuck Samuelson is confide ... More >>
Anoka County demanding DNA samples from suspected welfare cheats
Minnesota's controversial Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and 19 others like it around the country, will remain unaffected by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which allows the federal government to keep people locked up indefinitely if they are considered sexually dangerous, even afte ... More >>
St. Paul considers safeguards against federal immigration policies
Everyone knows political candidates stretch the truth. Should they be prosecuted for it?
Congress thinks the RAVE Act is a natural high for the War on Drugs. But ravers aren't smiling.
The University of Minnesota Press, author Judith Levine, and one very hot topic
Minnesota's Male Immigrants Ready For A Broad Justice-department Sweep
Now Minnesotans can be as nasty as they wanna be
The state profits from phone calls to the big house. Inmates say their families are ending up in the poorhouse.
Minnesota's Fair Campaign Practices Act was designed to ensure fair elections. Critics say it's unconstitutional.
The Minnesota Civil Liberties Union may have violated state nonprofit laws according to its parent organization, The ACLU. Critics in the local group want a new board election.