Tad Vezner, St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — As the Legislature warms up, House Republicans have authored a series of strong gun rights bills — though it remains unclear how much traction they’ll get in the Senate, and some have earned a veto from Gov. Mark Dayton in prior years. But the members behind the bills feel there’s momentum this year — and proponents and opponents on the sidelines see this push as a particularly strong one.
ST. PAUL -- The day after a heated House hearing that had to be shut down, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton weighed in on a series of bills going through the Legislature that would heighten criminal and financial penalties against some protesters.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s incoming crop of legislators have put forth a slate of bills to heighten criminal and financial penalties against protesters, particularly on highways — including one that would turn one of the most commonly applied charges into a mandated felony. The charge commonly known as “obstruction of justice” is levied against suspects in a variety of circumstances and is often coupled with more serious charges like assault.
ST. PAUL — Last year, multiple dogs in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood were poisoned by intentionally tainted bread, and nobody was ever caught. Now — after a homeowner from the same area found pieces of bread near his dog’s outdoor water bowl — police are suspicious that the dog-hating perpetrator is back. Just after 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, a man returned to his home to find ripped-up pieces of bread next to his dog’s bowl in his fenced-in yard.
ST. ANTHONY, Minn. — Weeks after criminal charges were filed against a St. Anthony police officer for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, the federal Department of Justice has announced...
ST. PAUL — “Santa Larry” picked up his phone Thursday, Dec. 8, on the way out of his latest gig, in Dallas. It was actually pretty cold down there; he...
ST. PAUL — A man who police say was assaulted Wednesday by a group walking in a St. Paul protest against Donald Trump said he understood the reasons for the anger but wanted to urge calm. “I’m all for people expressing themselves, I don’t like Donald Trump either, but everybody calm down. Let’s not hurt each other,” said the man, who asked not to be identified because he feared for his safety. “Please put this in your story: If we hurt each other and destroy our community, then Donald Trump and the racists win.”
ST. PAUL — For some time, protesters of the Philando Castile police shooting — along with Gov. Mark Dayton — have been calling for a federal investigation into the case. But people often don’t realize what that means — particularly when it comes to the laws the feds have to use, and the standards they have to meet. So here is a rundown of what federal authorities can and can’t do — and what they have done in recent high-profile cases potentially involving race.
ST. PAUL — An analysis of St. Anthony, Minn., police data shows that the department arrested more blacks than whites this year, despite blacks being a small fraction of the population — and let a comparatively larger percentage of whites off with a warning on traffic stops. The data released by St. Anthony this week shows that of the department's 994 arrests made this year through early July, 47 percent of the suspects were black, compared with 46 percent who were white. Ten arrests did not include race data.
ST. PAUL — Amid four hours of testimony on a bill about how and when Minnesota’s police forces can use body cameras — a bill signed into law Tuesday — was a telling moment. A flash of passion from a longtime law enforcement officer, sitting on a key state legislative committee at a crucial time.