Can marijuana be a new 'NORML' for Black Minnesotans? Local activist says legalization could benefit community

(Photo by Brandon Jones) Minnesota NORML Executive Director Marcus Harcus

The new buzz around town is around the legalization of marijuana. People are discussing both medical and personal use. I had a sit-down conversation with a local community leader who is attempting to obtain justice around the issue of legalization.

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Unsafe and unseen—Minnesota's ghost bikers

(Photo by centralniak published under Creative Commons License)

The Twin Cities are regarded as America’s litmus for bicycling. Minneapolis has been rated the number one bicycling city, while Bicycling Times lauded “the nation’s finest network of off street bicycle trails”. Former Mayor Rybak told visitors: “Biking has become a large part of what we are.”

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Holding police responsible — or not — in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Back in the day, when I practiced law, I frequently appeared before a judge who really didn’t like my (juvenile, poor, wrong-side-of-the-tracks) clients. On one memorable day, I began my protest with, “The law says …”

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Report: Minneapolis sex trafficking violent, organized

(Graphic by Moira Blodgett)

A new University of Minnesota report examining Minneapolis’ violent sex trafficking business could aid police officers in squashing the trade.

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St. Paul Police Department Manual: They should not have Tasered Chris Lollie

“• The ECD shall not be used in any interview or interrogation situation unless the physical defense of the officer or others becomes an issue.

“• The ECD should not be used as a pain compliance technique including used to escort or prod individuals. …

“• A subject who is simply walking or running away from a scene and not posing assaultive/violent or potentially assaultive/violent behavior should not be exposed to the ECD.”

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OPINION | I am a Muslim American and I deserve respect

(Photograph by Kristoffer Tigue)

After reading about Chris Lollie’s arrest in St. Paul and the terrible treatment he received, I was inspired to come forward with my own bad experience with local law enforcement.

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Police "think they're 100% justified"

Jeffry Martin said he expects absolutely no action from police or the City of St. Paul on the Chris Lollie case. “They [the police] think they’re 100% justified,” he explained. So there will be “no change in policy, no discipline of police.”

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What happens when police screw up?

Ferguson police shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. St. Paul police tased and arrested Chris Lollie, a black dad who was waiting for his kids in a public space near their preschool. Beverly Hills police stopped, cuffed and arrested Charles Belk, a film producer and business executive, as he walked to his car, because he “fit the description” of a bank robber — “tall, bald head black male.”

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Light rail safety efforts rev up, officers may start ticketing to curb unlawful crossing

(Photo by Alex Tuthill-Preu) University police officer Jason Printz observes pedestrians crossing Washington Avenue Southeast on the East Bank on Sept. 2, 2014, assuring they abide by the walk signals.

As crowds of students crossed the Green Line light rail for the first time last week, University of Minnesota and city officials upped safety measures to prevent accidents this year.

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Is it about race? Readers weigh in on Chris Lollie arrest

More than 800 comments poured in after video surfaced of St. Paul resident Chris Lollie being tasered by police for not revealing his name while he waited to pick up his children from daycare. Lollie is black and the three officers in the incident are white. Discussions on the article ranged in perspectives, but got heated as people discussed police brutality, experiences of racism, and the video-in-question.

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