No charges will be filed against a New Hope police officer who shot and killed Ronald Klitzka, but the narrative of events released by prosecutors Wednesday makes the word “tragedy” insufficient to describe what happened. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Tag: Police shootings
As more and more mentally ill people are killed by the police who were called to help them, the case of Stephen Mader, a cop who was fired after not killing a man, has begged for more attention.
Officer Peter Casuccio, of the Columbus Ohio police, has become quite the media star in the last 24 hours because he didn’t kill an 11-year-old kid holding a toy gun when he was responding to a report of young men with guns on Saturday afternoon. Read more →
Slate’s Leon Neyfakh writes today that the killing of Justine Damond (nee: Ruszczyk) has illustrated ‘the kind of flawed, ideological thinking that shows through when people need to protect their preexisting beliefs and irrational biases.’
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In normal times, the United States can do worse than having Minnesota portrayed as the image of America. But these are not normal times, thanks to a cop who shot an innocent woman — an Aussie — in a Minneapolis alley on Saturday night.
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If you’ve got family and friends from out of town, perhaps you, too, have fielded an unusual number of calls this week that start with the same question, ‘What’s the deal with Minnesota/Minneapolis cops?’
It should be a clue that, at least in the eyes of the rest of the world, something isn’t quite right here. Read more →
Making the effort to get to the bottom of what happened more difficult, too, is the fact the two officers involved did not have their body cameras turned on, nor did the squad camera record the fatal shooting. Read more →