Law Enforcement

Minneapolis Doesn’t Abolish Its Police Department

Featured image Minneapolis, along with cities like Portland and Seattle, has been ground zero for the movement to defund–i.e., abolish–the police. The Minneapolis City Charter includes a provision that requires a certain level of law enforcement to be maintained, and the Upper Midwest Law Center (full disclosure: I serve on the UMLC board) won a big case in which a local judge ordered the City to add police officers to comply with »

Soros-backed Virginia prosecutor loses again

Featured image Steve ( Do you know who I am?) Descano is the Soros-backed Fairfax County, Virginia prosecutor who makes sweetheart plea deals with child molesters and rapists. Local judges are less than pleased with his soft-on-crime approach, and one of them refused to go along with a Descano deal under which the sex-offender who raped a girl four times would have received a sentence of only three years. But when it »

Biden gets tough

Featured image When it comes to the defense of the United States, Joe Biden would prefer not to. For all practical purposes, he’s not on our side. Biden’s refusal to defend our southern border undermines both our sovereignty and security. It’s a two-fer. Yesterday Biden took a bold stand…against the CBP agents who have sought to protect the border (video below). He came down on them like the proverbial ton of bricks. »

A question

Featured image In this post, Scott wrote about Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. He collected tweets reporting on the substantial, and seemingly predominant, police presence, including that of undercover feds. I was struck by a statement by CBS’s Margaret Brennan, the moderator of Face the Nation. According to this tweet by Nicholas Fondacaro, Brennan said “the strong show of security” by police and the feds “kept the crowds away.” »

At the Justice for J6 rally

Featured image I believe that Vice News reporter Tess Owen snapped the classic “There’s a bunch of bros here” photo of a few faces in the crowd among the dozens attending the supposedly fearsome “Justice for J6” demonstration in Washington on Saturday. Byron York provides the larger context in his Examiner column “Insurrection hype.” There’s a bunch of bros here. They declined an interview and said they were “just tourists”🧐 — »

The return of Andrew Luger

Featured image On Friday afternoon the Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reported that “Andrew Luger in final step of U.S. attorney nomination in Minnesota.” Luger served as United States Attorney for Minnesota from February 2014 to March 2017 under President Obama and into the early days of the Trump administration. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar did what she could to engineer Luger’s continued service under Trump. Her support wasn’t enough then under President Trump, »

Andrew Cuomo’s parting shots

Featured image On his way out the door in Albany, Andrew Cuomo gave the finger to at least three major interest groups. It was a fitting departure for this nasty, discredited figure. Cuomo derided the lengthy, thorough report alleging that he sexually harassed 11 women. He whined that the report was “designed to be a political firecracker on an explosive topic” and that it was based on an “unfair and unjust” investigation. »

CRB: Criminal negligence

Featured image Merrily we roll along into our fourth preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. It is CRB senior editor Bill Voegeli’s long essay/review “Criminal Negligence.” Reviewing the galley of the new issue to select pieces for Power Line readers last week, I thought the essay might be too long for convenient reading online. On second thought, however, I concluded it makes for perfect weekend reading »

Court Orders Minneapolis to Hire More Police

Featured image There is a lot of judicial news today. This one is hot off the press: a judge of the Hennepin County District Court has granted a motion for a writ of mandamus against the City of Minneapolis, ordering the city to “immediately take any and all necessary action” to increase the size of the Minneapolis Police Department. The case was brought by residents of crime-ridden North Minneapolis, represented by the »

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? — 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 »