Law Enforcement

Whatever happened to Umbrella Man?

Featured image Who can take a city, burn it to the ground? Umbrella Man can, at least according to the search warrant application/affidavit filed by Minneapolis police officer Erika Christensen in the summer of 2020. Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany told me he came across Christensen’s affidavit in a routine review of court filings. Libor reported on the allegations of Christensen’s affidavit in his July 28 story “Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ »

Looting for Winston Smith or someone like him (2)

Featured image I correctly named Winston Boogie Smith as the decedent in Minneapolis’s police-involved shooting Thursday afternoon. Smith was the target of an arrest operation conducted by the Joint Law Enforcement Fugitive Task Force in the parking ramp adjacent to Calhoun Square in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. Picking up where I left off yesterday morning, I want to add the following notes to update the story. • The Star Tribune reported »

Looting for Winston Smith or someone like him

Featured image Winston Smith is the protagonist of Orwell’s 1984. He is not to be confused with Winston Boogie Smith. According to CrimeWatchMpls, Winston Boogie Smith is the reported decedent in the police involved shooting at the top of the parking ramp adjacent to Calhoun Square in the heart of Minneapolis’s Uptown neighborhood. Smith (if it was Smith) was the target of an arrest operation that went down in the heart of »

A Moment In the Life…

Featured image …of a police officer. The threat to the officer unfolds with stunning rapidity. His response is incredibly fast and effective. And he he as the presence of mind not to fire at the second guy who could easily have been perceived as another threat. But of course this won’t be considered newsworthy: But what does LeBron think? https://t.co/N88LbX58ug — Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) May 5, 2021 Another Twitter comment: “Gonna be »

Chauvin Juror Reportedly Compromised

Featured image One of the Derek Chauvin jurors, Brandon Mitchell, has gone public, and it appears that he may have been less than honest during jury selection and is in fact a BLM activist. The Post Millenial reports: A juror on the Derek Chauvin trial who told the court that he had no prior knowledge of the George Floyd civil case was photographed last August wearing a shirt that read “Get your »

The Giuliani warrants

Featured image The Foreign Agents Registration Act is the last refuge of a prosecutorial scoundrel. That was my reaction to the New York Times story yesterday reporting that Rudy Giuliani is under investigation for an alleged FARA violation. The Times has a follow-up story here today with additional information on the focus of the investigation. My reaction was of course elicited by Robert Mueller’s persecution of Michael Flynn. The FBI showed up »

The Latest In Anti-Law Enforcement Theater

Featured image We live in a bizarre hellworld in which many are now opposed, in principle, to law enforcement. It is hard to see how this can end well, but in the meantime we are being treated to plenty of absurdity. Like this story: Minneapolis Park Board votes to expel State Patrol from shared office space. A divided Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board passed an emergency resolution to kick the State Patrol »

The Latest Anti-Police Fraud

Featured image In Columbus, Ohio, police got a 911 call about a potential murder in progress: “On one of the calls, a frantic young woman is heard begging an emergency operator to send an officer to an address on the east side of Columbus on Tuesday afternoon.” Officers responded to the call and found a young woman in the process of stabbing another woman with a knife: One of the police officers »

From the bizarre Twin Cities hellworld

Featured image Brooklyn Center is the site of the death of Daunte Wright and of the revolution for the hell of it mob that has followed in its wake. A joint law enforcement task force formed for the Derek Chauvin trial has been dispatched to protect the Brooklyn Center Police Department over the past several nights. Brooklyn Center Mayor Michael Elliott has seized the opportunity to take control of city management and »

Sailing to Brooklyn Center

Featured image Operation Safety Net is the law enforcement initiative to protect local government infrastructure (such as the Hennepin County Government Center) following the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. The Chauvin trial is taking place in the Government Center, which otherwise remains closed for security purposes. An officer-involved shooting in Minneapolis suburb Brooklyn Center yesterday afternoon put OSN to work overnight. The video below captures the OSN media briefing held »

The Chauvin Trial So Far

Featured image Here in Minnesota and around the country, all eyes are on the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the alleged murder of George Floyd. We are nearing the end of the prosecution’s case, so this is perhaps an opportune moment to assess what has happened so far. While not listening to every moment of the testimony, I have followed the trial closely. Much could be said, but »

Catch Me On Laura Ingraham Tonight

Featured image I will be on the Laura Ingraham TV show on Fox News tonight at around 9:20 Central, 10:20 Eastern, talking about the Derek Chauvin trial. Please tune in, there is much to say and time will be short. »

House Democrats Vote to Aid Criminals

Featured image Late last night, the House of Representatives passed the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020” on a party-line vote, with just two Democrats joining Republicans in opposing the measure. You can read the text of the bill here. It reflects the Democratic Party’s view that there is really no such thing as crime, and the principal threat to our populace comes from violent, depraved police officers. In general, »

A City Prepares for a Trial

Featured image Derek Chauvin goes on trial for murder in the death of George Floyd on March 8. His trial has been separated from that of the other three officers who have been charged; theirs will begin in August. Chauvin is the principal defendant. Of the four policemen involved, two were on something like their fourth day on the job. The third was a tiny guy, also not very experienced. Chauvin was »

Waiting for the Umbrella Man or someone like him, cont’d

Featured image I’ve been wondering whatever happened to Umbrella Man. According to the officer who swore out the affidavit supporting the search warrant issued on the Umbrella Man suspect’s cell phone this past July, Umbrella Man was responsible for the vast harm inflicted on the Twin Cities in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd on Memorial Day. As I noted yesterday, Libor Jany’s page-one Star Tribune story of July 28 »

Re-Fund the Police!

Featured image Like other cities where elected officials have condoned or even encouraged lawlessness, Minneapolis has seen a sharp increase in violent crime. This was entirely foreseeable, yet the Minneapolis City Council voted to put “defunding the police” on the ballot at the next election, a move that was quietly tabled by the City Charter Commission. This, too, was predictable–crime makes a city unlivable, and Minneapolis is in trouble. So a swing »

Waiting for the Umbrella Man or someone like him

Featured image Who can take a city, burn it to the ground? The Umbrella Man can, at least according to the search warrant application/affidavit filed by Minneapolis police officer Erika Christensen this past summer. Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany told me he came across Christensen’s affidavit in a routine review of court filings. Libor reported on the allegations of Christensen’s affidavit in his July 28 story “Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ was »