Brother of Minneapolis city councilman – who is pushing to defund the police – stabbed repeatedly in the head

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- According to reports, a man who was stabbed and critically wounded outside a south Minneapolis corner store on Thursday, September 16th, is the brother of Sixth Ward City Council Member Jamal Osman.

In a statement on Friday, September 17th, Osman said that his brother, Liban, became a victim of the “senseless violence” that has negatively impacted “too many families in the ward.” He added:

“God willing, my brother will live. Hopefully his wounds will heal and he will be able to resume a close to normal life. But, there are so many wounds that cannot heal and people who lose their lives to violence like he has experienced.”

Osman, who was elected to serve in Ward 6 (south Minneapolis) in a special election in 2020, said that his brother was “brutally attacked” and “stabbed in the head multiple times.”

Before posting on his personal Facebook page that his brother is now stable following surgery, he wrote:

“After hours of surgery yesterday he is in the ICU currently and in critical condition.”

According to authorities, just before 4:30 p.m., police and paramedics were called to the 1900 block of Chicago Avenue on a report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers found two men with critical injuries. Both men were taken to the hospital. 

The man who is seen in a surveillance video attacking the council member’s brother was shot in the leg during the encounter. On Friday, September 17th, a Minneapolis police spokesman said that no one has been arrested. Officer Garrett Parten said:

“We know who’s involved and the investigators are trying to determine what transpired. We are working to figure out who was the aggressor and what the altercation was about.”

Within hours of the incident, several videos from bystanders and security cameras began to circulate on social media. One video clip shows Liban Osman getting ready to pay at the store counter when a man in a long-sleeved black shirt suddenly punches him and places him in a headlock.

The two men begin to struggle inside the store, moving in and out of the frame, as several people try to intervene. Another video from outside the store shows a man, believed to be Liban, being chased by the other man, who is now shirtless.

In another video, recorded on a witness’ cellphone, someone can be heard urging people to call 911 moments before a gunshot rings out.

In a statement, Jamal Osman thanked the bystanders who came to his brother’s aid, as well as paramedics, police officers and hospital staff. He said:

“To the bystanders and residents who came to my brother’s aid while he was being attacked, thank you. To the first responders who brought him to the hospital and the nurses and doctors who operated and cared for him at HCMC, thank you.”

He added:

“You saved my brother’s life and there aren’t words that can express the gratitude I feel. And to the Minneapolis Police Department officers and investigators working this case, thank you for your professionalism and dedication to the people of Minneapolis.”

Jamal Osman was one of the several Minneapolis City Council members who voted in 2020 to defund the police department. In June 2020, the council voted unanimously to dismantle the police department in favor of a “Department of Community Safety.” 

At the time, Osman said there is an “understandable fear” in his ward that a new system of policing could endanger safety it if is not better than what currently exists.

The city, he said, should make a “significant investment” to alternatives while still spending on law enforcement.

That plan was delayed in August 2020 when the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted to take more time to review the plan. The council took more than $1 million from the police budget in summer 2020 to hire “violence interrupters,” who are supposed to defuse potentially violent situations instead of police officers. 

Nearly a year later and the movement to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department will make its way to the ballot this coming November, despite the rise in violent crime. 

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Ilhan Omar bashes judge for blocking ballot measure that would wipe out Minneapolis Police Department

September 16th, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- According to reports, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) railed against a judge’s recent decision to block a Minneapolis ballot measure that would replace the city’s current police department with a Depart of Public Safety.

During an in-person town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 14th, Omar blamed big money for thwarting a progressive measure that she argued would have given the city “flexibility” on how to “better” police the city. Omar said:

“The leaders who are opposed to progress in this city are not nameless or faceless. Using your network to obstruct the kind of progress so many people in this city want and were looking forward to is not something that should go unnoticed.”

She added:

“This ballot measure should be on the ballot. As you can tell, I’m pretty upset about it. We have people pouring in so much money to make us enslaved to a charter that the majority of us [oppose]. This is the opposite of what democracy should produce.

The people had a vision for what they wanted, and there’s a judge, there’s a mayor, there is a police chief, and their monied friends who are telling us we can’t have a city that is flexible to our needs and to our demands. How else are we supposed to make progress if we can’t do that?”

On Tuesday, September 14th, Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson struck down Question 2 on the Minneapolis ballot for the November 2nd election, saying the wording was “unreasonable and misleading.”

The question was to ask voters whether they wanted the city’s charter to be amended to replace the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) with a Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety would:

“Include licensed peace officers (police officers) if necessary, with administrative authority to be consistent with other city departments to fulfill its responsibilities for public safety.”

In an op-ed for the Star Tribune on August 31st, Omar argued that the measure was a necessary step in ending police brutality and making communities safer. She wrote:

“The truth is the current system hasn’t been serving our city for a long time. I have long said we need a public safety system that is actually rooted in people’s basic human needs.”

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also endorsed the measure last month, saying Minneapolis residents are eager for police reform and “accountability” after the death of George Floyd in the same city last year.  On August 31st, Ellison tweeted:

“Fundamentally, communities across [Minneapolis] need & want the possibility for reform & accountability, which the current Charter blocks by locking us into an outdate model for law enforcement and safety. They want to end the cycle in inaction.”

He added:

“This year the residents of [Minneapolis] have asked for and can take the first step of action on the ballot. As a resident of [Minneapolis] where George Floyd’s murder sparked a national call for real reform, I will vote Yes for greater public safety & more human rights for all. #Yes4Minneapolis.”

According to FEC records, Omar spent approximately $2,800 on personal security in the second quarter. However, her spending was overshadowed by Missouri’s Cori Bush, who spent nearly $70,000 of her campaign funds on personal security, in the two months between April 15 and June 28. 

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Local restaurant owner says Minneapolis “is run by gangs” and desperately calls for more policing

September 2nd, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – According to a recent report, a local restaurant owner spoke about crime impacting the city of Minneapolis and alleged that the “city is run by gangs”.

He remarked on how the low morale in policing is creating a detrimental effect for safety overall.

The owner of Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop in Minneapolis, Ken Sherman, recently spoke up about the crime in his city, saying that it seems the only thing criminals are afraid of these days are even worse criminals:

“This city is run by gangs. The only thing a bad guy is afraid of is a badder guy.”

Sherman explained that point in furtherance, saying that individuals hosting malintent aren’t dissuaded unless they come across something that serves as a direct threat to them – and he simply isn’t seeing police making patrols like they used to:

“I’m on a rooftop on Hennepin and Seventh. I can be on that rooftop on a Saturday night and get there at 9 or 10 p.m. be there till 2-2:30 a.m. and never see a police car and absolutely never see a policeman walking down the street.”

“The only police we see are off-duty cops hired by other bars or restaurants.”

But Sherman doesn’t think this is necessarily a problem created by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Instead, he says that this is an issue stemming from the low morale instilled by an overzealous city council that sought to condemn the entire police force over the past year:

“The moment that the city council condemned an entire group of men, many of whom have devoted years of their life to keep us safe, and said that they were systemically racist and they should be abolished, they destroyed the morale of the MPD.”

“Now what you hear about is how 250 members of the police force have left, but that’s okay now according to the politicians because now they are going to fund to get more cops.”

Sherman was being slightly sarcastic in that sense when saying “but that’s okay now according to the politicians because now they are going to fund to get more cops,” because he sees the situation as 250 officers with years of experiencing leaving the force, only to be replaced by inexperienced officers.

What seems to upset Sherman the most in the city council’s characterization of the MPD is the notion that somehow the entire police force is systemically racist:

“In terms of them being systematically racist, I take issue with that.”

He explained that while there can certainly be racist individuals within a police department, he added that any entity composed of a large amount of people can inadvertently host these sorts of unsavory individuals:

“There certainly are members of the police force who are racist; there are members of the realtors association who are racist; there are members of every organization that are racist.”

Another area Sherman believes is causing the low morale within the MPD is the fear of losing their jobs or being sued – or worse – for making a mistake while on the job.

Sherman also added that there is a real fear within the police department that an officer could be shot – and no one would bat an eye if it were to happen:

“If a cop gets shot, nobody seems to care.”

These days, Sherman feels like reaching out to elected officials is almost pointless, saying that officials never seem to acknowledge these sorts of concerns that he and others feel within the community:

“I don’t talk to the city. I don’t talk to the politicians. I’ve given up. There’s no point.”

When it comes to running his restaurant, Sherman feels that the only thing he can depend on now is the effectiveness of his hired security outside the restaurant – which consists of roughly 15 people patting down customers and waving wands to ensure customers don’t have the propensity to cause trouble while inside:

“We just know [the police] aren’t coming, so we do it ourselves, and we’re fine with that.”

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As crime explodes in Minneapolis, activists have come one step closer to abolishing the police department

(Originally published August 9th, 2021)

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A ballot measure that will ask voters in Minneapolis in November whether they’d like to see the Minneapolis Police Department replaced with an ambiguously defined “Department of Public Safety” could radically change how policing is conducted in the city – if the ballot measure is successful.

In late July, the Minneapolis City Council approved the ballot question language related to whether voters in the city would like to abolish the Minneapolis Police Department and have that replaced with a “Department of Public Safety”, which this measure will be voted on by residents in the upcoming municipal general election on November 2nd.

This ballot measure that voters in Minneapolis will be deciding on was proposed by the group known as Yes 4 Minneapolis, and the group’s website revolves around advocacy of “changing the charter” – a reference to the Minneapolis City Charter that outlines specifics of policing, such as how many police officers need to be hired.

According to Yes 4 Minneapolis’ website, which boasted that abolishing the MPD is now “on the ballot”, gives the following synopsis of what the “Department of Public Safety” is that the group would like to see replace the MPD:

“The Department of Public Safety will change the current police-only model of public safety, to allow the City of Minneapolis a funded, accountable and comprehensive public health approach to public safety.

This will allow us to be both proactive and responsive to the community, adding a range of strategies, right-sized responses, experts, professional personnel, and licensed peace officers (also known as, police officers), when necessary.”

When reviewing the text of the actual measure that will be presented to voters this November, the primary focus goes into explicit detail on the abolishment of the MPD through amending the City Charter – but only offers vague explanations on what residents in the city would be getting in return post-abolishment of the MPD.

As noted in the “explanatory note” of the ballot measure language, a clear picture is provided on how the MPD will be dismantled – to include much of the powers the mayor held with the police force in Minneapolis – but little more than a concept is what Minneapolis residents will get in return if they vote to approve this measure:

“This amendment would create a new Department of Public Safety, which would:

(1) Combine public safety functions of the City of Minneapolis into a comprehensive public health approach to safety, with the specific public safety functions to be determined.

(2) Include licensed peace officers (police officers) if necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the Department of Public Safety.

(3) Be led by a Commissioner of Public Safety. The appointment process for the Commissioner would include a Mayor nomination and a City Council appointment. The Mayor would not have complete power over the establishment, maintenance, and command of the Department of Public Safety.

This amendment would also do the following:

(1) Remove from the Charter a Police Department, which includes the removal of its Police Chief, and the removal of the Mayor’s complete power over the establishment, maintenance, and command of the Police Department.

(2) Remove the City Council requirement to fund a police force of at least 1.7 employees per 1,000 residents.

(3) Remove City Council authorization to impose additional taxation on taxable property in the City of Minneapolis of up to 0.3 percent of its value annually to fund the compensation of employees of the police

force.”

As noted in the above “explanatory note” regarding the ballot measure, there’s nothing that really defines what the “Department of Public Safety” would actually do – or look like – with the ballot measure even admitting in its own language that “the specific public safety functions” are “to be determined”.

It’s frankly concerning enough that a ballot measure proposing to literally abolish the police department in Minneapolis will be presented to voters this November, which those voters will undoubtedly be delivered a continuous feed of guilt-inducing propaganda to vote in favor of the measure.

But what makes the matter even worse is that whatever would potentially replace the MPD isn’t even fully articulated by the proponents who managed to get this on the November ballot.

As it stands, this “Department of Public Safety” only notes one element of hierarchical structure (being led by a “Commissioner of Public Safety”), claims the department will only “include licensed peace officers (police officers) if necessary”, and what the department will do is basically “to be determined”.

Not to mention, with this sort of wing-it approach that is being presented by the proponents of the “Department of Public Safety”, it’s not even clear how much it will cost to establish and maintain this vaguely defined department.

Sure, it could perhaps cost less than the current costs associated with the MPD in a monetary sense, but it could also potentially cost even more than the current ticket price imposed on taxpayers for the MPD since such broad terms have been used to explain (or rather, not explain) what the “Department of Public Safety” will do.

This is extremely dangerous to even entertain having come to fruition, because no one in Minneapolis – to include the propagators of this ballot measure – knows what the “Department of Public Safety” will actually be, do, or how it will be structured to accomplish what the crafters of the ballot measure haven’t even adequately defined yet.

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