Wed, 19 Dec 2018

Articles Posted in the " Minnesota " Category


  • Dawn of the Police Drones at Hand in Minnesota – Major Questions Unanswered

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    The day has come in which the skies over Hennepin County will start becoming witness to law enforcement unmanned aerial systems (UASs / Drones). The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has acquired a small quadcopter and has already deployed it despite a lack of state law regulating such operations. North Star Post, being both local and devoted to civil liberties, has completed an analysis of the legislation which would impact the use of this (and future drones) and probed the drone policy set forth by HCSO.

    If we can take any cues from his Federal


  • Op-ed: Reaction to Star Tribune ‘Readers Write’ for May 14

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    The Star Tribune has a whole lot more readers than the humble North Star Post at this juncture. They also have a much larger staff and readership that feels compelled to emotionally react to their articles. The May 14th edition of their ‘Readers Write’ column features a distasteful combination of all of these factors.

    “Nekima Levy-Pounds’ activism is unconstructive, intrusive” reads the sub-header underneath the title. People familiar with the reaction Levy-Pounds receives seemingly every time she speaks publicly will not be surprised about the “substance” of that reader’s commentary. Teresa Maki of Minnetonka (which is


  • When Police Enter Your Home with a Body Camera

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    Most of us in Minnesota have come to realize, our home, abode, our place is the “very core” of the Fourth Amendment for the protection of our privacy. It’s where an individual’s expectation of privacy is at its highest.
    This is being challenged by new technologies, such as the body camera. The body camera which is digitally enhanced, possibly high definition, with the ability of what is captured to be magnified, zoomed, looked at and reviewed over and over again. The body camera systems also have other enhanced features such as facial


  • State Senator Latz Misrepresenting Bodycam Proposal

    State Sen. Ron Latz – courtesy senate.mn

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    There is no question that the issue of body cameras is an intricate and complex one. Secondly, as someone who has been at the Minnesota Legislature lobbying for four decades I am very much aware of behavior of this institution and the elected officials who make it their workplace.

    When there is a convoluted issue which SF 498 presents to policymakers, for many they may chose to ignore the bill or take partial interest, but for sure they rely on a Senator or two to



  • Spotlight: Niko Georgiades

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    In this – the inaugural edition of the Spotlight series – we speak with Niko Georgiades of the independent media collective Unicorn Riot. Niko and his media collective have been instrumental in the documentation of on-going protests not only in the Twin Cities but also around the country. Unicorn Riot broadcasts a live news show every week covering a wide variety of topics from activism to climate change.

    In our interview with Niko we speak about the First Amendment, independent versus mainstream media, Black Lives Matter, law enforcement surveillance and interference with livestream broadcasts,



  • Hillary Clinton Speaks at University of Minnesota – Praises Controversial Program and Law

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    At just before 4:00pm today at the McNamara Alumni Center of the University of Minnesota, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to curb domestic radicalization and fight Daesh aka ISIS.

    Clinton was introduced by former Vice-president and prolific Minnesotan Walter Mondale who gave her a resounding endorsement before the crowd of roughly 1,000. Mondale declared, “there is no one I trust more in the oval office.”

    The crowd would have been larger but the campaign demands an RSVP from those interested in viewing the speech – needless to say, many were turned away at the