Robert Olson

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    MNDaily reporter spends 19 hours on Metro Transit

    It reads like pretty much the most depressing 19 hours of his life.

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    AFSCME endorses Bonoff, Tinklenberg

    State Sen. Terri Bonoff and former transportation commissioner Elwyn Tinklenberg have received the backing of AFSCME Council 5, one of the state's largest and most politically powerful labor unions.

  • News

    October 17, 2007

    The Case of the Disappearing Sex Crimes Unit

    With Rapes on the Rise, There's a Shortage of Resources in the Department Dedicated to Solving Them

  • News

    January 4, 2006


    When R.T. Rybak brought Bill McManus to town to head the MPD, both men talked big about reforming the troubled department. But when the chief ran into political resistance, some say, the mayor blinked. Now their relationship has hit the skids, and the fut

  • News

    July 20, 2005

    The Hit Parade Revisited

    In an age of shrinking budgets, the city of Minneapolis is spending more money than ever to settle lawsuits against the MPD

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2005

    Jamaica Mistaica: Smilin' Bob lands in the Carribean

    In his final years as Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson often appeared uninterested in his job. He showed little enthusiasm for addressing the systemic problems that have plagued the MPD for years and was often completely absent from the public eye.   Consequentially we'd given little though ... More >>

  • News

    October 13, 2004

    How's He Doing?

    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.

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    MPD Scandals, Continued: A Primer

    The Duy Ngo case: McManus bets the farm; Will Olson land on the hot seat?

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    There Goes the Neighborhood

    Allina signs on to the Sears complex; McManus takes oath

  • News

    December 10, 2003

    Agreement at Last

    Federal mediation of MPD-minority troubles concludes: Now what?

  • News

    November 19, 2003

    Honey, I Shrunk the Story

    Sweeps madness, and a husband's thoughtful gesture

  • News

    October 22, 2003

    Behind Closed Doors

    Stephen Porter may have been humiliated and abused by cops. Or he may be the best thing that's happened to the MPD in a long time.

  • News

    September 24, 2003

    The Cost of Conventional Wisdom

    Minneapolis loses millions on convention center; federal mediation confidential

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Where the Buck Never Stops

    Missing jobs and development in Jordan; cops' union leader blasts Olson

  • News

    August 20, 2003
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    June 4, 2003

    The Usual Suspects

    Federal mediation goes forward, critics say city stacked deck

  • News

    May 7, 2003

    Cops Like Us

    Critics fear the MPD's latest spin on community mediation is all about window-dressing--and grooming snitches

  • News

    March 19, 2003

    The Two Jills

    Why a pair of white women lawyers are taking the fight over federal mediation to the courts

  • News

    February 19, 2003

    Rybak on Rye

    Why is the police chief eating the mayor's lunch over and over?

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    Waiting for Chief Olson

    Federal mediation is delayed; this is a recording...

  • News

    December 25, 2002


    Is Minneapolis police chief Robert Olson trying to stop federal mediation?

  • News

    December 25, 2002

    Reckless Eyeballin'

    Longtime civil rights activist and agitator Ron Edwards talks about the city he loves and hates

  • News

    December 18, 2002
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    September 4, 2002

    Trouble Shooters

    A violent night in north Minneapolis and the community activists who helped the cops stop it

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    Gun Smoke and Mirrors

    When it comes to police brutality, the mayor is all talk

  • News

    July 10, 2002
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    May 8, 2002

    On The Corner

    Overwhelmed activists, embattled police, and perplexed politicians brace for a long, hot summer in South Minneapolis

  • Books

    March 27, 2002

    The Watchdog That Never Barks

    Can the county sheriff's office impartially investigate the MPD?

  • Books

    March 20, 2002

    Shocking Failure

    Why didn't tasers save Abu Jeilani?

  • Books

    December 19, 2001

    The Letter of the Law

    What ever became of Minneapolis's promise to stamp out racial profiling?

  • Books

    August 9, 2000

    Dark Days for Camelot

    Minneapolis police said they raided a natural-foods charity in search of drugs. The people they routed say the cops' real fear was their politics.

  • Books

    August 2, 2000

    WTO Smackdown

    Reporters, police, and protesters dream Seattle's nightmare

  • News

    July 19, 2000
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    January 26, 2000

    Rank Discord

    The cops are reluctant to talk about it. City officials flatly refuse. Who pushed the "mute" button on the most explosive affirmative-action lawsuit Minneapolis has seen in decades?

  • Books

    September 9, 1998

    Crapped Out

    A dispute over street gambling has downtown bar owners clamoring for cops

  • Books

    September 9, 1998

    Hot Pursuit

    Minneapolis police say the chase that ended in the deaths of two bystanders on I-94 was by-the-book. Some other cities are throwing out that book.

  • Books

    July 22, 1998

    Mug Shots

    The Minneapolis Police Department brings honor back to the trading-card business

  • News

    April 1, 1998

    Code for Safe Streets

    Minneapolis killed its last zero-tolerance policing program when it sparked too many citizen complaints for cops' comfort. This time around they've simply eliminated the complaint process.

  • News

    December 31, 1997

    Trading in Futures

    Maybe Diana Pierce's 1998 New Year's resolution ought to be to hire a psychic.

  • News

    October 8, 1997
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    September 24, 1997

    Don't Believe the Hype

    The Strib's corporate parent says nothing but good things will happen when they sell the paper. Where have we heard this before?

  • News

    June 18, 1997

    Coming Home to Roost, Again

    Relations between black cops and the Olson administration are likely to take another hit with the release of a citizens' committee report criticizing the MPD

  • News

    February 26, 1997

    Mr. FixIt

    Minneapolis Police Chief Bob Olson came to town with a reputation for pleasing pols and infuriating cops. And he's surpassed himself on both counts.

  • News

    December 11, 1996

    Trash Talk


  • News

    October 23, 1996
  • Feature

    July 3, 1996
  • News

    June 26, 1996


    Operation Safe Streets

  • Feature

    June 12, 1996

    Bob & Weave

    Relations between Chief Bob Olson and Minneapolis's black cops take another hit.

  • Feature

    May 22, 1996

    Anchors Awry

    Arabs stole the anchorwoman! and other tales of sweeps month.

  • News

    March 13, 1996
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