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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Public Hearing on Dolan Reappointment

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: City Hall Council Chambers
Street: 350 S. 5th St., Room 317
City/Town: Minneapolis, MN

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The CRA (Civilian Review Authority) then meets at 6:30 that same day, in room 333. Please attend both and demand accountability!


At Mon Feb 15, 12:14:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Dolan himself cautions us never to rely on police testimony in high-stress situations: “Appledorn hadn’t remembered it that way, which can happen in a high-stress situation…. She watched the video. In her memory, still remembers that she put him down on the ground, but clearly in the video that did not happen. That’s not unusual when you have a critical incident like that…”

From Dave Bicking: “…on Wednesday, February 17, 9:30am, the Executive Committee will meet again and actually decide whether to put Dolan's name forward for the entire City Council to consider. This may actually generate some discussion or even controversy, and that could be a very important meeting to watch, to get a sense of where members stand. Remember that in 2006, Dolan's appointment almost got stopped at this point. It would be very important to contact the members of the Executive Committee before this meeting. They are: Mayor Rybak, Council President Johnson and Council Members Gordon, Glidden and Lilligren. It takes 3 to send the nomination on, and Rybak and Johnson are nearly certain to back Dolan, so it is important to concentrate on the other 3.”

Recently, Gordon has been critical of Dolan for failure to discipline on sustained CRA cases. In November, Glidden confronted Dolan on his budget management. And when asked in a debate last year whether he would support reappointment of Dolan, Lilligren answered, “It depends.” So there is hope for these three. Let’s keep up the pressure, and if you can make it to the Executive Committee meeting Wednesday, great!

At Tue Feb 16, 04:18:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Hi all,

This is just for your reference. I've compiled a listing of news articles and their links, to send to the other CRA board members. I thought you might be interested, particularly if you are looking for a particular story. Probably the best single story covering the controversies is the one in the Daily Planet. Tom Cleland's blog is also very helpful, including many comments which just keep coming. Terry Yzaguirre's first story at Mpls Mirror is also helpful, giving a thorough compilation of documents, plus a video of part of the New Broom forum. Finally, while I don't agree with him, Johnny Northside has helpfully provided a link to a scan of the complete Petition for Writ of Mandamus.

Dave Bicking

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From: Dave Bicking
To: [CRA Board]
Subject: Media coverage of CRA
Copies to: Samuel.Reid
Date sent: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 13:21:16 -0600

Hi all,

I have compiled all the recent media mentions of the CRA that I can find. For better or for worse, there has been a lot of attention paid lately. Some of the articles are much better or worse than others, but instead of giving preference to those I like best, I'll just list them below roughly in order of the "size" of the organization they come from.

Other than participating in the press conference set up by attorney Jill Clark on Friday, I have not been seeking any media coverage for myself or the board. I have been responding to requests for information from journalists who have contacted me. Of course, I have ALWAYS made clear that I am speaking only for myself, not for the board.

At Tue Feb 16, 04:19:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

1) WCCO TV Channel 4: They came to the press conference on Friday, filmed it all, and took a copy of the legal Petition. I understand that they ran a segment on the legal filing near the top of the 6pm news that night, and possibly on their other evening broadcasts. I did not see it, and it does not show up in print from a quick search of their website. I imagine there is some way to re-play their broadcast from that evening.

2) KSTP TV Channel 5: Same as WCCO.

3) MPR: Brandt Williams was at the Friday press conference and taped it all. I heard from a friend who heard about it on the radio, but I didn't hear it myself, and I'm not finding it in a quick search of mpr.org.

4) Star Tribune: I believe I have already sent a link to the article that prompted Don Bellfield's letter to the City Council, etc. That was Jan. 29, written by Steve Brandt. The article is titled: "Slow Going on Minneapolis Police Chief's Nomination" (a title that almost immediately became outdated!) See it at: http://www.startribune.com/local/82994112.html?page=1&c=y

To my knowledge, there has been no additional Star Tribune coverage yet, but I think we can expect it to show up in future stories, because Steve Brandt came to the New Broom forum on Jan. 26, and to last Friday's press conference. I have also responded to further requests for information from both Steve and from Matt McKinney.

5) City Pages online blog: Andy Mannix of City Pages has posted twice about the CRA on the City Pages blog.

a) "David Bicking Asked to Resign from Civilian Review Authority", dated Feb. 9, at: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/02/david_bicking_a.php

b) "Tim Dolan, Minneapolis Police Chief, Accused of Ignoring City Ordinance", about the legal action, dated Feb. 15, at: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2010/02/tim_dolan_minne.php

At Tue Feb 16, 04:21:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

6) Twin Cities Daily Planet: "Mpls Police Chief Dolan's Reappointment Sparks Controversy at Civilian Review Authority", dated Feb. 13, by Sheila Regan. My personal feeling is that this is the best article treating all the aspects of recent controversy: Don's email and his letter to the Council, and the legal action. Note the comments as well. Available at: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/02/13/controversy-cra

7) Southside Pride: "Dave Bicking Censured by CRA Chair", in most recent edition (online and print), by editor Ed Felien. Frankly, I don't think this one is particularly well written or accurate. Ed did not contact me or get any information directly from me. (The photo is an old file photo.) Online at: http://www.southsidepride.com/2010/02/articles/Dave_Bicking.html

8) Indymedia: Two articles:

a) "Exercising Free Speech Leads to Threats Against CRA Board Member", dated Feb. 2. Essentially a reposting of an article in the CUAPB online newsletter. At: http://tc-imc.serve.com/2010/feb/exercising-free-speech-leads-threats-agai nst-cra-board- member

b) "Community Takes Legal Action to Force CRA, Chief Dolan to Follow Law", dated Feb 11. A reposting of the press release for the Petition for Writ of Mandamus. At: http://tc-imc.serve.com/2010/feb/community-takes-legal-action-force-cra-ch ief-dolan-follow- law

9) Mpls Mirror: Terry Yzaguirre has posted three stories on this online news site:

a) "Silence, Dave Bicking, the CRA and Chief Dolan's Review", dated Feb. 8. This is a very long article, with complete documents and correspondence on the issue up until then. It also includes a video of the part of the New Broom forum when I am speaking. You can watch that and decide for yourself whether my participation was appropriate. At: http://www.mplsmirror.com/joomla3/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl e&id=511:silence-dave-bicking-the-cra-and-chief-dolans-review&catid=35:local-politics&I temid=104 OR, for easier linking, a shorter URL: http://tinyurl.com/yf89xqu

b) "Community Takes Legal Action", dated Feb 12. A reprinting of the press release for the Petition for Writ of Mandamus. At: http://www.mplsmirror.com/joomla3/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl e&id=515:co mmunity-takes-legal-action&catid=34:local-news&Itemid=103 OR, for easier linking: http://tinyurl.com/ylphh3h

c) "Do Your Job: Petition for Writ of Mandamus", dated Feb. 15. A very long article, with commentary about police accountability in general. It also includes at the bottom a video of some or all of the Feb. 12 press conference (I haven't watched it yet). At: http://www.mplsmirror.com/joomla3/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl e&id=519:do-your-job-petition-for-writ-of-mandamus&catid=34:local-news&Itemid=103 OR, for easier linking: http://tinyurl.com/yb2pq7t

At Tue Feb 16, 04:21:00 PM CST, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

10) Tom Cleland's weblog: Tom came to the CRA board meeting, and has been interested in police issues for some time. He has written a long and comprehensive post, with additional information in comments, including comments by Justin Terrell. His post, "CRA Abandons Bicking" is dated Feb 5, but comments continue to come in. At: http://tomstream.blogspot.com/2010/02/cra-abandons-bicking.html

11) Johnny Northside blog: "JNS Blog Exclusive: PDF of the Recent Lawsuit Against Dolan", dated Feb. 14. As stated, it has a link to the full document: Petition for Writ of Mandamus. At: http://adventuresofjohnnynorthside.blogspot.com/2010/02/jns-blog-exclusive -pdf-of- recent.html

12) Minneapolis Issues List: This listserve read by many politically involved people in the city has had quite a few posts on the issue. Some, but not all, are available under the heading, "CRA Abandons Bicking", available even to people not on the listserve, at: http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls/messages/topic/1u9TOpDaPFj8icdq Mon6O0 [Another good thread is "Policing the Cops" -- Tom Cleland]

13) Youtube: There is also a youtube video of the first few minutes of last Friday's press conference. It covers just the part with Michelle Gross speaking. It is at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6mLx67F6po

That's all I know of for now. I just wanted to compile these so that everyone could have access to the same information if they are interested.

Dave Bicking

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