BCA won’t publish the names of the sheriff’s deputies who shot Winston Smith in Minneapolis


Winston Smith

Matt Sepic and Nina Moini report for MPR: “The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announced Wednesday that it would not publish the names of the sheriff’s deputies who shot and killed a man last Thursday because officials were undercover. US Marshals Service North Star Fugitive Task Force MPs killed 32-year-old Winston Smith on a parking ramp in Uptown Minneapolis while trying to arrest him with a firearms warrant. … The BCA said it was forbidden to reveal officials’ identities because they were ‘working in a covert capacity’, citing Minnesota law. “

Hannah Shirley from Forum News Service writes: “U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating the actions of a CBP helicopter that was deployed from Grand Forks to a Line 3 protest in Park Rapids, Minnesota, Monday after the rotor of a low-flying aircraft washed protesters with dust and debris. Official statements state that the helicopter responded to a request for assistance from local law enforcement agencies to cope with the protest and that the helicopter team left the area immediately after realizing that its low-altitude maneuvers raised dust and debris near protesters but the video was from one. The MPR News reporter on the incident appears to show the helicopter performing the low-level maneuver several times for an extended period of time and appears to show a passenger in the helicopter filming the procedure. “

MPR’s Dan Gunderson and Kirsti Marohn report, “Hundreds of people blocked access to a pumping station on the Enbridge Pipeline, which is being built several miles south of Itasca State Park, during a day of protest Monday. … A total of 247 people were arrested, according to a publication by the Northern Lights Task Force, a coalition of law enforcement agencies in northern Minnesota formed to crack down on pipeline protests. The task force said 179 people had been arrested and sent to detention centers in the region. Another 68 people were cited and released. “

In the Star Tribune, John Reinan writes: “A St. Cloud law firm is in turmoil after a round of layoffs that began with its leader prosecuting employees he believed were supporters of former President Donald Trump, according to one filed in Stearns County District Court Suit emerges. Following the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol, when Trump supporters forcibly stormed the building to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election as president, the lawsuit alleges Wesley Scott attempted to fire employees who he believed held pro-Trump posts on social media. Scott, president of the law firm Kain & Scott, fired two employees – and then fired three of his attorney partners after they told him his actions were against Minnesota law, according to the complaint. The partners fired by Scott – William Kain, Margaret Henehan and Kelsey Quarberg – are suing for wrongful termination of the bankruptcy law firm in St. Cloud. “

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Paul Huttner also writes from the MPR: “Another day. Another 90th Wednesday is the seventh straight day of 90 degree heat in the Twin Cities and most of southern, central, and western Minnesota. This is the longest streak of 90 degree days before June 15 in the Twin Cities. … Our record-breaking heat wave is digging deeper into the record books with each passing day. We’ll likely hit the third longest 90-degree streak ever in the Twin Cities by Friday. The record is 14 days, which were set in the depressing summer of 1936. “

For KMSP-TV, Theo Keith says: “Minneapolis Police say the increased security during the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin this spring cost the city $ 2.9 million in overtime. Agency officials announced this to the Minneapolis City Council when MPD calls for $ 5 million to cover rising overtime costs in 2021. The proposal will be presented to the Council’s Public Security Committee on Thursday. “

Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond report for the AP: “Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled lawmaker voted Wednesday to abolish a $ 300-a-week federal bonus for the unemployed, a move Democratic Governor Tony Evers has made clear he is likely to veto. The federal payment approved to help unemployed people during the coronavirus pandemic is slated to expire on September 6. Twenty-five other states have already approved their early termination as they have exacerbated labor shortages. That is the argument that Republicans, state and local chambers of commerce, trade groups, and others have put forward for passing the law in Wisconsin. Republican Assembly spokesman Robin Vos insisted on Wednesday that paying $ 300 keep people at home. “

This from WCCO-TV: “The lunar eclipse of the ‘Super Flower Blood Moon’ last month was hardly the only exciting celestial event of the season. Thursday morning will bring an even bigger spectacle – a rare “ring of fire” solar eclipse. On June 10th, skywatchers in parts of the world can watch the solar eclipse. However, as always, some places will be more ideal than others, and some will be completely absent. … In Minnesota, WCCO’s director of meteorology, Mike Augustyniak, says Minnesota is unlikely to see any real impact from the event, as the maximum solar eclipse here will occur before sunrise.

For The Daily Beast, Andrew Boryga says: “Convicted killer Derek Chauvin is nowhere in sight, and yet he’s wreaking havoc in a tiny Florida town. The disgraced Minneapolis policeman who murdered George Floyd on camera owns a resort town of Windermere, Florida, with approximately 3,000 residents. But even as he makes last-ditch attempts to mitigate his sentence, this community is engulfed in a drama of BLM protests, First Amendment, and resident officials thirsting for tranquility. On Tuesday, the Orange County Commission debated an ordinance proposed by Orange County Sheriff John Mina and Mayor Jerry Demings that would prohibit a “gathering” of one or more people from protesting within 50 meters of anyone’s home … a neighbor who has lived in the area around Chauvin’s home for the past seven years told The Daily Beast that those concerns seemed a little exaggerated – and certainly not enough to justify what he believed would be a violation of constitutional rights, if the regulation were to be passed. “

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