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Ramsey Co. Attorney Choi Belatedly Tries to Quit Trump Crime Commission

Members of a high level presidential commission on law enforcement and justice issues wrapping up its work have challenged Ramsey County Attorney John Choi's claims he resigned over differences with the group's aims, while characterizing the St. Paul prosecutor's participation as someone who “didn’t have a lot of depth.” Choi was one of four local prosecutors named last year to a working group on President Trump's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice whose report will be released next month. The HuffPost reports Choi has written a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr announcing his resignation over his concerns...

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 U of M Crime Alerts Raise Questions as Unsolved Violent Cases Pile Up

The violent crime wave underway in Minneapolis includes numerous holdups and assaults involving guns and other weapons in the vicinity of the University of Minnesota campus.  Over the weekend there was a brazen carjacking in broad daylight, according to the Star Tribune. A BMW was carjacked at gunpoint near the University of Minnesota, bringing to nine in recent weeks the number of violent crimes reported by school authorities. The latest incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near SE. 14th Avenue and SE. 8th Street, according to an emergency crime alert sent by university officials in the Twin Cities. Two suspects brandished a gun...

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Americans are buying more guns than ever

Social and civil unrest, as well as lingering feelings of unsafeness, have pushed people into arming themselves, both in Minnesota and across the country. And what this goes to show is that recent events are eroding people's trust in the ability of the public safety system to protect them. This is bad for society because when people perceive their environments as being unsafe, they rarely invest in their communities, both socially and economically. Instead, they move or spend a lot of effort on protective services when they could focus on more economically productive activities.  ...

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Viral Body Cam Footage Shows MN Cops at Their Best

Now more than ever you have to wonder why anyone would sign up to be a police officer. Not knowing whether they'll get shot at or assaulted when they go to work always went with the territory. But now cops in too many jurisdictions have to deal with the ever-present threat of rioting, looting and bricks, in addition to responding to a wildly escalating level of violence and shootings in many cities. Then there's the reality of being lumped in with the few "bad apples" whose malfeasance does not represent the vast majority of police officers, but stereotypes all law enforcement...

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