Police

  • Minneapolis’ Unhoused Speak Out Against Years of Evictions

    August 3, 2020
    Minneapolis, MN – With threat of eviction hanging overhead, today residents of the Sanctuary in Powderhorn Park are sharing their experiences being repeatedly displaced and evicted by police. See the live stream from the presser in the park below. Established on June 10, the first…...
  • Minneapolis Park Police Displace Sanctuary Encampment

    July 22, 2020
    Minneapolis, MN – On Monday, July 20, dozens of houseless people were displaced and about 20 people were arrested as law enforcement executed an eviction of the eastern portion of a sanctuary tent encampment in Powderhorn Park. After the raid, Unicorn Riot spoke to community…...
  • George Floyd Uprising in Minneapolis–Saint Paul — The First Two Weeks

    June 14, 2020
    Minneapolis, MN – Waves of rage tore through the Twin Cities community after a video of Minneapolis police officers mercilessly killing George Floyd went viral. Fires were lit across the world as a new movement spread rapidly with the goal of dismantling the police and…...
  • Group Pushing For Better Police Contract Shut Out Of Public Meetings

    March 13, 2020
    Minneapolis, MN – A community coalition which recommended changes to a new contract between Minneapolis Police and the city are calling for contract transparency and an end to closed-door meetings. As police conduct continues to be a hot-button topic, community members from MPLS For A…...
  • Park Board Pays $170K to Somali Youth Detained After Bogus 911 Call

    January 24, 2020
    Minneapolis, MN – A settlement of $170,000 has been reached between the Minneapolis Park Board and four Somali teens who were wrongfully detained at gunpoint in a Minneapolis park in 2018. The teens were stopped in Minnehaha Park in south Minneapolis, detained, and later released…...
  • Mall of America Prohibits Families of Police Killings Over Planned Black Friday Protest

    November 29, 2019
    Bloomington, MN – Police used Thanksgiving Day to deliver trespass notices to family members of two recent police killings. In lieu of a previously planned Black Friday protest at the Mall of America (MOA), the wife of Brian Quinones (killed by police on Sept. 7)…...
  • Decision Rescinded, Police Back Out of Releasing Footage of Brian Quinones’ Killing

    October 25, 2019
    Minneapolis, MN – After initially agreeing to release footage of the police killing Brian Quinones, city officials in Edina and Richfield have reversed their decision and will not release the videos. This flip-flop comes after the Quinones family was allowed to view select portions of…...
  • Family to View Footage in Fatal Police Killing This Week

    October 22, 2019
    Richfield, MN – Dash camera footage of the September police killing of Brian Quinones-Rosario was viewed by Brian’s family on Wednesday, October 23. Demands for greater transparency in October City Council meetings have helped move the process forward for the family of Quinones after Brian…...
  • ‘Dump Trump’ Protests to Counter Trump Rally in Minneapolis

    October 10, 2019
    Minneapolis, MN – Large protests are expected today as Donald Trump is due to arrive at the downtown Target Center for a campaign rally promoting his 2020 presidential campaign. Many liberal, leftist, and anarchist groups are expected to oppose Trump’s appearance. Various pro-Trump and far-right…...
  • Police Release Body Cam Footage of Ronald Davis’ Killing

    September 25, 2019
    St. Paul, MN – Body camera footage of Saint Paul police’s (SPPD) deadly encounter with Ronald Davis was released on Tuesday, September 24. The video shows Ronald Davis running towards the officer with what looks to be a four-inch knife before being shot. On the…...