Pointergate is back with a new participant, TV station says

Add Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman to the list of politicians embroiled in Pointergate, the KSTP story alleging Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was flashing gang signs with a felon during a get-out-the-vote effort in North Minneapolis in October.

KMSP is reporting Freeman has refused to charge the man — Navell Gordon — with being a felon in possession of a handgun after DNA tests showed Gordon’s DNA on a gun used in a robbery.

The investigator on the case has been transferred to another unit.

KMSP reporter Tom Lyden says Freeman’s office wouldn’t talk and police officials wouldn’t comment on the investigator’s demotion.

Whether anyone is bad or good, suddenly seems beside the point. Is the MPD front office and prosecutors taking a pass on a case too hot to handle? Is the detective carrying water for a union, who can’t let go of its grudge with the mayor? Like so many cases lately, this one is fraught with race and politics. It’s hard to know where exactly to point the finger.

The police union has filed a grievance on behalf of the investigator.