Solving Murders (Or Not) in Minneapolis

JusticeI’m shocked that things are getting worse for police in a progressive city. As homicides rise in Minneapolis, arrest rate drops.

Minneapolis mirrors a national trend: While homicides and other violent acts have declined for years in most cities, police are solving fewer of those crimes.

There are lots of reasons, but foremost – even in the Star Tribune’s coverage – is that the people no longer cooperate with cops. They put a liberal spin on it, but hey, it’s their city.

Hobbes’ “State of War” Comes to Minneapolis

It isn’t about the weapons used; it is about the breakdown of civilization. 20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies.

The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.

Because teaching things like “Thou shalt not steal” or “Refrain from taking that which is not given” would be oppressive, or something.

And situational awareness is a factor. (Or is that lack of situational awareness?)

Police said the criminals in the recent cases “finesse” the victim. They search for easy targets, typically someone who is intoxicated, alone, and looking at their phone.

The statements of the “man in the street” brought to mind the quote from The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. (After the break, because its quite long.) And the fact that once again, Americans in the 21st Century are obsessed with Feeling Safe. Actually being safe, they could probably handle with a concealed carry permit. Or can of pepper spray. Or some situational awareness.

Hat tip to Wirecutter, who says No worries, a jury of their peers will acquit them. And also see the previous posting.

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They Blame Technology When It’s Really Management

What happens when you micromanage people to the nth degree? Minneapolis drops controversial 911 answering software.

They quit.

Management of Minneapolis’s 911 call center spent $730,000 dollars on a system, and training, to take all humanity out of the 911 call center.

ProQA prompts dispatchers to ask specific questions, in a specific order, based on different emergency situations.

Which might be fine if it worked OK.

Sampson-Spande said her two decades of experience often told her to ask different questions, in a different order, than what the software was giving her. And, she worried not following the program would have eventually led to losing her job.

“I felt like I was deciding, do I want to keep my job and be compliant?, Or, do I want to help somebody?, And I don’t feel like I should be in that position,” she said

So she quit. And she wasn’t alone. Turnover has become an issue because who wants to work under those conditions?

And the cops didn’t like it either, but for the simple reason that they were not getting the information they required.

Bob Kroll with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said the union also has concerns about ProQA. Kroll said he’s most alarmed by officers arriving at scenes without knowing suspect descriptions because dispatchers haven’t gotten to those questions yet in the line of questioning.

Because why should the management of the 911 center talk to cops about what questions need to be asked in what order? That’s just CRAZY talk. The manager of the 911 center (bet’s on if they were brought in to “fix” something?) knows best. No one else gets any input whatsoever.

They blame technology up one side and down the other, but it is management who bought that software, spent money on training, and held on for two years while things went downhill. (Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.) They do mention an “interim manager” for the 911 center, so maybe they canned whoever had this brainchild.

When you call 911 you are interacting with a system of people and software, radios, computers, etc. Sometimes that system will work well. But when the management sets things up so that people don’t want to (or are unable) to do the job, then things might not work out for you. This could be because the software is awful, the people are untrained, whatever. In this case, the software was clearly awful, and high turnover meant that the people were not experienced. And Minneapolis didn’t meet 911 national standards for answering calls.

Even in a Deep Blue State Like Minnesota…

JusticeSelf-defense is legal. Amazing. Prosecutors: Minneapolis man who fired fatal shots at party in self-defense will not be charged.

He is still charged with “Fleeing police.”

After reviewing the case against 27-year-old Robert Buckner, prosecutors determined that he was acting in self-defense, according to Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

But at least they acknowledge self-defense is a legal right.

Electric Cars, Cold Weather, and Emergencies

Three things that do not do well together. An electric car can’t fully replace a gas-powered car in my world.

So recently I was at a graduation party for the son of a friend. (It was more like 2 parties, one of high-school kids, one of adults.) One of the neighbors had recently purchased a Tesla, and so someone else came up with a Tesla-cold-weather-driving story. After enjoying the schadenfreude, I went on a search for info about Tesla’s performance in cold weather.

Here’s the situation. You are driving to see family. Your young child develops a medical emergency. So you need to divert from your intended destination to an urgent care, then to the local hospital, and then to a regional hospital. Now for part of that time, the kid was traveling by ambulance, but that isn’t the point. The point is, sometimes plans, destinations, and expected driving distances need to change. Without regard for the nearest charging station.

Here’s the meat of the issue.

We can breathlessly talk about driving range, but neither that nor more chargers would have erased my anxiety—the anxiety of a parent who can’t spare extra minutes because his kid needs to get to the hospital.

Other situations where driving distance is an issue… Evacuation ahead of a hurricane in Florida. Evacuation ahead of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. I’m sure you can think of others, while playing along on the home version of “Situations where charging time can be deadly.”

The whole thing is well written, and not terribly long. I encourage you to go read the whole thing. Here is the detailed account of what happened to that family at Christmas, driving to see family.

After further discussion and tests at Allen Hospital, it was clear Seth had intussusception—his intestines had folded onto themselves, and nobody could do the more complicated procedure on a toddler at the small-town hospital. I immediately wanted to go north, back to Minneapolis to get him care from doctors we knew and trusted, or at least head north and go to The Mayo Clinic. From that point, that would’ve asked an electric car to cover at least 339 miles, or at most 446 miles in the dead of Iowa winter. Waterloo, Iowa, isn’t far and has electric-car charging, but waiting at a Level 2 charger to charge over hours, at a trickle, wasn’t an option when every minute counts.

Armed Homeowner Shoots Guy Fleeing Cops

The would-be, bad-guy wasn’t having the best day. Homeowner shoots man in his St. Paul yard who police say fled from stolen car.

He stole a car, and was being chased by police, but was so reckless that the cops lost sight of him. Then there was a 2 car crash involving the stolen vehicle, and the driver ran, right to an armed homeowner’s house. Where he got shot.

A sign visible in the home’s front window reads, “No Trespassing,” and “Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again!”

Heh. And he was shot more than once.

They took the guy who got shot to the hospital. They are questioning the homeowner about what happened, but he is not under arrest.

The guy who got shot was wanted on a prior incident of auto theft.

The .gov Loves To Collect Data, Not Protect It

But when one agency has 3 breaches in 1 year, there is something wrong. Minnesota DHS Reports Health Data Breach from 2018 Email Hack.

The latest breach bore similarities to those incidents. On Tuesday, DHS officials notified lawmakers of a third data breach caused by a cyberattack on an employee’s email account on or around March 26, 2018.

This one apparently went undetected for some time, as the other 2 were in June and July of last year.

So you’ve proven unable to protect citizens data. Why should you be allowed access to any data? The breach is over a year old. The investigation ended in February of this year, and they only just started notifying people (and legislators) about it.

The Police Shooting Completely Ignored By the National Media

I guess it doesn’t advance the narrative. Or something. Trial To Begin For Black Officer Who Fatally Shot A White Woman.

Now you could say that it is only that jury-selection has begun, but even a Toronto, Canada news outlet has some coverage. A quick Google search for news stories on the subject of the officer’s name, shows lots of coverage in Minnesota, and some coverage in Australia (the woman shot was Australian), in addition to that Toronto coverage. There were no stories from the US national news media.

On the evening of July 15, 2017, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman named Justine Damond. Jury selection began today. Minneapolis Public Radio reports, “Seventy-five people, known only by numbers on cards hung around their necks, began filling out juror questionnaires Monday.”

The jurors are being kept anonymous because of threats made against the trial. I guess some people think it isn’t fair if a black cop is on trial for killing a white woman.

News Flash: If You Call 911, Cops Won’t Be There In An Instant

They also seem unclear on the subject of “median response time.” Half the people wait longer than the median. That is a result of the definition of median in the world of statistics. Big gaps in 911 response in Minneapolis.

Now this is a story about a blue city in a blue state, but for all the whining, I want to grab the people who waited so long by the collar and say, “That’s why there is concealed carry.” They will never admit that. And they will never take that much responsibility for their own well-being. They will call 911 and wait to be rescued and hope that the cops get there in time. (Assuming you can call 911 before Bad Things happen.)

Neal Hagberg frantically called 911 last fall near Minnehaha Parkway after two men chased him for several blocks during an attempted carjacking. It took about 12 minutes for officers to arrive. “I felt really vulnerable at the time that it took for them to get to me,” Hagberg said.

And the paper points out that if you live on the edge of the city, the cops are probably closer to the center of the city when they get your call. See the definition of median response time.

A Nationwide Shortage of Firefighters

My Calling 911 series of posts is usually about police, but getting the fire department to my location is also of interest. And rural areas are not usually covered only by professional firefighters. Volunteers are a part of the mix. Or they were.

Impacts rural areas the most. And the impact of regulations is almost swept under the rug. The unanswered call: Locally and nationwide, fire departments struggle to recruit volunteers.

If you can’t get someone to your location for 20 minutes or more, you are going to have trouble in the event of a fire.

Volunteer firefighter certification requires three courses and 144 hours of training time, according to West. The fire courses include a “live burn” in which an abandoned house is set on fire and students must extinguish the flames.

“It can be a tremendous amount of time that a new recruit is going to have to put forward toward that community he’s volunteering for,” West said. “Training requirements today are much different today that they were 10 years ago or 30 years ago. That’s another demand on that person’s time. It’s a struggle to juggle all those balls that person might be throwing up in the air.”

I wonder where all those increased training requirements came from. Now maybe all those requirements make sense, and maybe they only make sense in major cities, or maybe they only make sense to the firefighters’ unions in those major cities. Or perhaps the first training company contracted was owned by the mayor’s/governor’s/whoever’s brother-in-law. It could be any of the above. (I’m from Chicago, remember.) Of course they did mention that a lot of employers won’t let people leave to answer fire calls. So there’s that too.

Self-defense Is Legal In Minnesota

But it took the DA most of a year to admit that. County attorney: Girlfriend acted in self-defense for fatal shooting boyfriend in central Minnesota.

The shooting took place in May of last year. The letter saying charges will not be filed was sent in January. The article (and probably the letter) lists everything done. Witnesses interviewed, evidence obtained, “forensic analysis,” etc. But all that was probably finished by the middle of June. So why so long to decide?

Because prosecutors hate self-defense. Well, Leftist ones do anyway. You should be dependent on the state for absolutely everything.

The Violence of the Left

First, from a few days ago, there is an assault on Shane Mekeland. Minnesota House candidate says he suffered concussion in ‘politically motivated’ attack at restaurant.

This took place Friday, between 9 and 10 p.m.

The alleged attacker was a man who was a “much, much bigger person” who “did not seem dangerous” when he first began to talk to Mekeland about his campaign, the candidate told the Star Tribune. But after some conversation, Mekeland said the stranger made a “typically politically charged statement” that was “in reference to politicians not caring about the middle class.”

A suspect has been identified, although he has not been arrested or charged with a crime at this time, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Then another Republican, Sarah Anderson, was attacked. Alleged Campaign Sign Vandal Accused Of Assaulting State House Rep..

Rep. Sarah Anderson was heading out for a day of campaigning Sunday when she saw a man damaging campaign signs near her Plymouth home.

Oh, and Left is seriously not a mob, or anything.

Cops and EMS Workers Behaving Badly

Because people who are handcuffed and/or strapped to a gurney need to be sedated. Or something. At urging of Minneapolis police, Hennepin EMS workers subdued dozens with a powerful sedative. Welcome to the police state, where the cops can have you drugged for no reason.

This is only one incident in which the use of a sedative is very questionable. Where the result was that the person drugged stopped breathing.

In a separate case detailed in the report, police sprayed an intoxicated woman in downtown Minneapolis with mace, and she appeared to have an asthma attack. The woman, who was not actively resisting police, asked for an asthma pump. Instead they handcuffed her to a stretcher and gave her ketamine, the report said.

Shortly before the body camera video cut out, an EMS worker asked, “What does ketamine do to asthmatics?”

In this case, it stopped the woman’s breathing, according to the report. She was resuscitated later at the hospital.

Because apparently asking for medical assistance – in the form of an asthma inhaler – is being disrespectful of their authority. (Hat tip A Geek with Guns.)

Self-defense in Deep Blue Minnesota

They thought it would be a good idea to rob a liquor store. Suspect shot, killed by employee during Maplewood liquor store robbery – Story | KMSP

According to Maplewood Police, two suspects were holding up the store and began to assault one of the employees. Another employee confronted the suspects and fired a gun, striking one of them.

They found the guy who got shot a short distance from the store. He was taken to a hospital, but he died.

Police say they know who the 2nd guy is, but haven’t tracked him down yet. Don’t know what Minnesota laws cover felony murder, but he might be charged with more than just robbery.

The clerk who was assaulted was taken to the hospital, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

Self-defense is a human-right.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

They thought it would be a good idea to rob a Verizon store. They were wrong. Robbery suspect shot as he, store clerk exchange fire in Inver Grove – Twin Cities

It appears the store clerk was approached in the rear of the store by two men, one of them brandishing a gun.

While being held at gunpoint, the clerk drew his own gun from his waistband and shot the suspect with the gun.

When shots were fired, the 2nd would-be bad-guy ran like a rabbit.

The bad-guy who got shot is in hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

Three miscreants are in police custody, the fourth was shot dead in self-defense. Robbery Victim With Gun Permit Shoots Suspect in St. Paul | KSTP TV – Minneapolis and St. Paul.

According to police, the four teens tried to rob two adults near Summit Avenue and Mississippi River Boulevard at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Police say one of the suspects was wearing a mask and gloves and took out a handgun during the robbery. One of the victims, who has a valid permit to carry, also took out a gun and shot the suspect.

While his three “friends” ran and left him bleeding, the two victims offered first aid. To no avail.

Self-defense is a human-right.