In a shaky video shot on Monday morning, there's CeCe McDonald: wearing a blue hoodie, riding a friend's back, and walking out of prison."Welcome back!" the friend holding the camera tells McDonald. "Thank you!" McDonald exclaims, grinning, as she approaches the parking lot. See Also: - COVER: Behin ... More >>
Chrishaun "CeCe" McDonald, a transgender woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter last month, will be incarcerated in a male prison, at least for now. McDonald was arrested last summer for fatally stabbing Dean Alvin Schmitz outside the Schooner Tavern in South Minneapolis. The Hennep ... More >>
This past week's feature, "The Edge of Doubt," brought readers inside the walls of the Legal Rights Center, where attorneys for CeCe McDonald prepared her defense against charges of second-degree murder. A nonprofit that predates Hennepin County's modern public defense system, the Legal Rights Cent ... More >>
Behind the scenes of the transgender woman's case
It's official: Come August, the power of the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority will be downgraded. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law Thursday that restricts the civilian oversight board's ability to make a "finding of fact" in police misconduct cases. The CRA will now only be able to mak ... More >>
It's no secret that the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority doesn't have a lot of influence these days. Since Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan took over, he's rarely disciplined officers based on the CRA's recommendations, causing no small amount of frustration from board members ove ... More >>
Bicking is the first willing member of the CRA to not be reappointed.
Michael Friedman, who heads the citizen group that invesitigates cop complaints, will stay on the board
Critics claim the MPD won't play nicely; Cops say it's a bad beat
The removal of Minneapolis Police Department Lt. Medaria Arradondo as the liaison between the MPD and the Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) is ostensibly what prompted yesterday's demonstration that filled city council chambers at Minneapolis City Hall. But taking the popular Arradondo off t ... More >>
In an age of shrinking budgets, the city of Minneapolis is spending more money than ever to settle lawsuits against the MPD
In just eight months, chief Bill McManus has alienated the media, the pols, and the MPD rank and file. He must be doing something right.
Can Michael Friedman save the civilian review authority?
If your vehicle is impounded as "evidence," look out