Minneapolis Minnesota Central Library Security Guard Harassed Breastfeeding Mom – Who Wasn’t Doing Anything Illegal

June 9, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – A Minneapolis mom is speaking out after a security guard told her to leave the library because she was breastfeeding in public.

It happened recently at the Minneapolis Central Library. But Minnesota law says a mother may breastfeed in any location, public or private. Hennepin County Security says it’s turning this example into a teachable moment for its employees.

Mother Hadley Barrows said she considers nursing a privilege. Although she does admit that isn’t always easy.

“There are enough obstacles to nursing as it is, without having people make you feel like a criminal for doing it,” she said.

According to Barrows, she was nursing her son on a bench in the atrium of Minneapolis Central Library, trying to be discreet, when a contract security officer approached her.

“He said I was either going to have to take it outside or go in the bathroom,” Barrows said. “He said, you’re not even covered up, you’re just showing everyone: indecent exposure.”

Barrows says she immediately went to a librarian, who also told her to move somewhere more private.

According to Hennepin County Security manager Kirk Simmons, the security officer with whom Barrows spoke later found a county police officer who explained the law.

“The county officer had told him that she didn’t need to move, she could breastfeed wherever she needed to,” Simmons said.

But Barrows said she was never directly told that she could stay.

“I left so mad,” she said.

Hennepin County Security said it’s trying to use this incident as a teachable moment, which Barrows said she appreciates.

“We basically sent the memo out to all of our staff, just reminding them of what the details of the law involve so that we don’t run into that kind of a situation again,” Simmons said.

However, Barrows did point out one of the ironies of the teachable moment.

“You think of the library as a place of knowledge,” she said. “And even in the library…they don’t know that it’s OK to nurse your kid in public.”

The contract security officer’s supervisor was notified of the incident. They say they’ll continue to monitor his performance.

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Minneapolis Minnesota Apartment Complex DNA Testing Dogs And Poop

May 27, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – It’s become serious business when a dog does its business at a Roseville apartment complex.

Rosedale Estates North was having problems with dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs.

“It was bad,” said dog owner, Melody Pomerenke. “I would have to have a separate pair of shoes to go outside. It was not good.”

In fact, the poop problem got so bad that property managers hired a company called Bio Pets Vet Lab to start a dog DNA registry.

As part of the lease agreement, DNA swabs are taken from a pet’s mouth and sent to the Bio Pets lab, where they keep the DNA on file. Should a pet owner not pick up after their dog, the poop is sent into the lab to be tested for a match — and the guilty party is identified.

“It’s been positive after that initial laughter,” said property manager, Cheryl Gallo. “We just started last month.”

Pomerenke’s Chihuahua Dino was one of the first to submit DNA. He’s innocent…for now. Good thing, too, because the fine for the first offense $100.

“You can see someone letting their dog go to the bathroom, and they will still deny it,” Gallo said. “This way, there is no denying it. I thought it was a great idea from the beginning.”

Rosedale Estates just had their first offense. They have a suspect in mind, and the testing is taking place at Bio Pets Vet Lab.

The second offense is also a $100 fine, and the dog can no longer live in the apartment.

Many renters seem to be OK with the DNA testing, and they say the situation has already gotten better.

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Minnesota Police Provided Marijuana To Watch Behavior – Targeted Occupy Protesters

May 15, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – A Minnesota training program that teaches police how to identify drug-impaired drivers is under fire following allegations that a participating officer gave marijuana to a test volunteer.

The allegation, leveled by another officer in the program, followed reports from anti-Wall Street demonstrators that police plucked Occupy Minneapolis members from a plaza in downtown Minneapolis for the training, gave them marijuana and watched them use drugs.

Minnesota has launched criminal and internal public safety investigations into the single allegation and suspended the program, in which officers use citizens off the street as test subjects. There are similar programs in 48 states.

Authorities have not directly connected the Occupy allegations to the investigation, but have said officers identified test subjects at the plaza where Occupy has been meeting as well as other locations.

Forest Olivier, an Occupy protester, testified at a Minneapolis City Council committee hearing on May 2 that he went with police to a training site voluntarily several times.

“They gave me a full bag of weed and they gave me a pipe to smoke it out of,” Olivier told the hearing.

A 35-minute video produced by Minnesota independent media groups, including Twin Cities IndyMedia and Occupy Minneapolis, and released this month showed uniformed officers picking up and dropping off young adults from the plaza in marked squad cars.

Occupy demonstrators interviewed on the video, including Olivier, said they were given drugs and then observed by dozens of officers. No officers are shown offering people drugs.

In one exchange, a protester tells an officer that other police had given him drugs, and the officer responds that he was only looking for people who are already impaired.

Minnesota public safety spokesman Bruce Gordon said: “If additional information becomes available we will widen the scope of the investigation.”

Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman suspended the program on May 9 “pending the outcome of these investigations and until we revisit and review the curriculum of the program.”

The program trains officers to act as drug recognition evaluators through classes and a dozen evaluations using volunteers from the community.

The investigation was launched after an officer who participated in the training reported witnessing a Hutchinson, Minnesota, police officer give marijuana to a potential test subject. Hutchinson Police Chief Dan Hatten said on Monday that the officer remains on scheduled duty.

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota Firemen Turn Staged Demonstration Crash Scene Into A Real One – Sending 6 People To The Hospital

May 5, 2012

DETROIT LAKES, MINNESOTA – A bizarre incident in Detroit Lakes this morning where a mock crash almost turned into a real life tragedy.

The mock crash was staged right here along Madison Avenue near the High School, you can see benches are still in place where the nearly 400 students were standing. An unmanned fire truck that officials believe was in neutral with the park break on began sliding and rolled about 30-feet into the mock scene, sending six people to the hospital.

These are pictures from the scene moments after the accident. Detroit Lakes police say their were two cars staged with both student and community volunteers.

The fire truck hit the first car at a low rate of speed less than 5-miles-per-hour, but the 36-thousand-pound vehicle pushed both cars about 15-feet. Two students, an EMS worker, two community volunteers and a state trooper were all injured in the incident.

From what we gathered, everyone has been treated and released from the hospital, calling it just bumps and bruises. Tonight at six, hear first hand from students who saw the terrifying accident.

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Moorhead Minnesota Police Do A 180 After News Story Breaks Detailing Their Efforts To Steal $12,000 From Waitress

April 5, 2012

MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA – A waitress in Minnesota will keep her $12,000 tip after police confiscated the cash, according to her attorney Craig Richie.

“The county attorney’s office and the Moorhead Police Department have agreed to give her the entire $12,000,” said Richie.

Stacy Knutson says she got the money after a customer left a box at her table at the Fryn’ Pan Restaurant in Moorhead. She followed the customer to her car to return the box but the woman told her to keep it. Knutson found bundled rolls of cash inside the box.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s John Williams Talks With Stacy Knutson‘s Attorney

She said even though she has five children and could use the money, she decided to call police.

“They’re strapped financially,” said Richie.

Officers told the woman to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money. Richie says after three months, police told Knutson the cash was being held as drug money.

“They initially said they were going to give it to her,” said Richie. “Then they said, ‘Oh, well, no we had the drug dogs sniff it and we think there’s drugs on it and we are going to keep it.’”

Richie says police offered her a $1,000 reward, but she never received it. She then filed a lawsuit in Clay County District Court.

“We argued that most money that you carry in your pocket has drug residue on it,” said Richie. “She could’ve kept the money and nobody would’ve known. But she said, ‘No, I’m going to do the right thing.’ So she called police and now integrity has now prevailed.”

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Moorhood Minnesota Police Sued After Stealing $12,000 From Waitress

April 4, 2012

MOORHEAD, MINNESOTA — A waitress in Minnesota is suing after $12,000 was left at her restaurant table — she says it was a tip but police say, it’s drug money, according to The Forum.

The lawsuit was filed in Clay County District Court and alleges that the waitress found a box, left at her table at the Fryn’ Pan restaurant in Moorhead. She said she followed the customer to her car to return the box but the woman told her to keep it.

The waitress said she found bundled rolls of cash inside the box, totaling $12,000.

She said even though she has five children and could use the money, she decided to call police, according to The Forum.

Officers told the woman to wait 90 days in case someone claimed the money. The Forum reports that after three months, police told the woman the cash was being held as drug money.

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Chaska Minnesota Police Charge Man Who Sweared At A Cat

March 22, 2012

CHASKA, MINNESOTA – A man who was heard yelling obscenities at his cat was cited by police in Chaska, Minn.

According to the city’s police department, neighbors called in, complaining of the noise.

The man, who was not identified, admitted to authorities that he had been swearing loudly at the cat.

His defense to officers was that he is “human.”

Police said this is not the first time the man had been warned or cited for disorderly conduct.

He was issued a new citation for disorderly conduct for the recent incident.

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