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Sept. 2-PAC report, part 2: regular meeting

STATE OF THE PRECINCT:  Sgt. David Hansen reported that students are just coming back to the U, and have more free time early in the year.  The Precinct and UMPD are running saturation details over the weekends, especially in Dinkytown and Stadium Village.  Patrols are watching for people they spot walking down the street focused on their phones with no idea of who  is around them; officers are trying to raise awareness, teach some street smarts. Officers are spending lots of time on robbery; detached garages are targets. Crime statistics for July are here http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@mpd/documents/webcontent/wcmsp-202915.pdf   which is the most recent compilation available online. QUESTION:  How do you divide the area up with UMPD?  There is a division of labor:  the U of MN PD is more hands on, on the campus.  MPD meets with the University Off Camus Living Dept., and works directly with students who live off campus, but there is a lot of overlap and shared responsibility between the two independent forces.
COURTWATCH:  COURTWATCH:  Judi Cole from Hennepin County Attorney’s Office presented updates to our list:
 Richard Breen had a pretrial hearing on 9/14 for his loitering charge.
 Cody Corbin is in custody on $20K bail for a felony violation of no-contact order and has
an October 5 hearing.
 Jason Enrico was sentenced to 13 months on July 14 th for felony check forgery. His
sentence was stayed for 3 years (that is a stay of execution with conditions) and he
immediately furloughed to treatment.
 Hussein Farah has an omnibus hearing on 9-15 and is in custody on $10,000 bail for
felony charges of 5 th degree drug possession and 5 th degree criminal sexual conduct.
 Kevin Foster was convicted of felony 1st degree damage to property on June 5 th and
received a stay of imposition. He will be on supervised probation until 6.5.20.
 Johnny Hall has two outstanding warrants from February for 5 th degree controlled
substance cases.
 Steven Haney has a sentencing on one 1 st degree controlled substance case and a jury
trial scheduled on another 1 st degree controlled substance case; both on 11/6.
 Daniel Heacock has warrants on two misdemeanor thefts and has a review of
competency on 11-7- 17 on his felony check forgery.
 Paula Heille has a jury trial on 10/9 for a felony 5 th degree controlled substance charge.
Bryan Holmes had a HOMES Court hearing on Sept 12 for loitering with open bottle
charges and a pre-trial on 10-11 for two similar charges out of the 1 st Precinct.
 Mahad Ismail was convicted on 7/19 for giving false information to an officer; warrant
issued on 8/31 for failure to appear at the ACF.
 Curtis Laroque's GM theft sentence from 11/4/16 was amended on 6/14/17 after a
probation violation hearing to 365 days at the workhouse, 305 days stayed for 2 years.
 Kenneth Nelson has a jury trial scheduled on 10/9 for a controlled substance case and
two other controlled substances are continued for appearances on the same date (two
Minneapolis cases and one Edina).
 Dae Nisell was convicted on 6/23 for violation of a restraining order and has an 18
month stayed sentence with 3 years of probation.
 Joshua Poplawski is in custody on a probation violation for 5 th degree controlled
substance conviction. He is held without bail with a hearing scheduled for 9/14.
 Robert Schroeder has a bench warrant for failure to appear on a public urination charge.
 Michael Zaccardi was three misdemeanor charges; two tampering with motor vehicle
and one theft. He also has a felony 1 st degree damage to property.
No change:  Johnny Hall has been missing since February and has not turned up.   Ashley Sage is compliant with her probation for a 5th degree controlled substance conviction and is making regular court review hearings.
NEW BUSINESS: Emilie reminded attenders that our October meeting always conflicts with Indigenous People’s Day, which is a holiday for city employees.  Did attenders want to postpone until the following Tuesday or meet on  a different Monday in October.  Hennepin Cty. Atty Judi Cole commented that she will not be on holiday and is happy to come.  Attenders voted to meet on our regular second Monday, October 9.
No further business;  meeting was adjourned at 7:40.

Our presenter on October 9 will be a representative from Restorative Justice.  We had a presentation from them about 3 years ago so this will be an update for some of us and all new info from others.  In November we’ll hear about the MPD Implicit Bias training program for police officers and others.

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August 2-PAC: Meeting report

The meeting was called to order at 6:12 by Chair Larry Ranallo, 12 people attending.

Our speaker, Kristen Houlton Sukura is the Executive Director of the Sexual Violence Center, in Minneapolis.  SVC supports people living in Hennepin, Carver and Scott Counties, who have been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives, from their personal past to the present.  They do not turn away people outside these counties, but will  find an advocacy center closer to where people live, because those offices are likely to know more about local support services for victims of assault.  Please know that  SVC is eager to get its name out and its story told.  Everyone knows that if your house is on fire, you call 911 for help.  Not enough people know there is a number they can call if they or a loved one has been a victim of sexual assault.  (SVC 24-hour support line: 612.871.5111 or 952.448.5425)

To begin, there is a good overview of services the SVC provides on its website:  https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/about-us/   The following page defines common terms used in this discussion: https://www.rainn.org/types-sexual-violence

To set a few parameters, it is true that most adult victims identify as female and most assaults are perpetuated by people who identify as male but that is not always the case at all. The SVC is against all forms of assault; it doesn’t matter who the aggressor is.  It is also true that 8 out of 10 sexual assaults are not reported to law enforcement.  The following graphic shows the imbalance: http://67.231.241.82/~nyscasa1/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/stats-triangle1.png
People have many reasons for not reporting.  Since most of the victims know their perpetrators, it’s evident they are in some kind of a relationship with them, including marriage, family or another close relationship.  The perpetrator is a person they trust, and may love.  They do not want that person to go to jail, but they do want the assaults to stop.   In other cases, the perpetrator has some sort of hold over them and it may actually be unsafe for a victim to report the assaults to authorities.   Another fact emphasized by the SVC is that more people are harmed by an assault than the victim. An assault has a lasting impart on the friends and family who love the victim, something that is not acknowledged enough by the community.  These impacts all need to be addressed, but victims, their family and their friends rarely know how to talk about it, or don’t have anyone they can talk with about the situation.  As a consequence, they are likely to bury their feelings.  This does not make the impact go away.

SVC services are based on one belief:  if a crime  comes into your life, you have a right to be believed, to have someone stand with you. People who can’t find the support they need to deal with the trauma often struggle to heal, feeling  “People don’t believe me”.    SVC  advocates work hard to overcome this barrier to healing.  They want to work with more law enforcement and other agencies  so that more people feel comfortable accessing the support and social services they need.  Advocates also want other agencies, including law enforcement agencies, to learn to refer victims to SVC advocates.

Every victim of sexual assault in MN has a right to go to a hospital and receive free medical care.   SVC works with 11 hospitals, including 7 in Hennepin County, to make sure people get the care they need.  SVC only does not work with University Hospitals because the U has the Aurora Center, another advocacy center, on campus.

What happens at the hospital?    A specially trained nurse will be paged at the same time the SVC advocate is paged. The victim will be examined for evidence that could be used in a trial.  The victim has the right to receive some medical care for free.  They will be offered treatment to ward off STIs, assessed for HIV exposure, and offered Plan B contraceptives   We urge people to go to the hospital as soon as possible.  It is possible to collect evidence even 5 days after the assault, but 72 hours is how much time you have for an assessment of risk of HIV exposure.  After that time, the victims may not be able to get the evidence collected.  Victims should know that even if they do not have health insurance, SVC advocates and hospital staff are very experienced at figuring out how to get the patient the service they need.  SVC advocates  do not tell people what to do, but do always suggest going to the hospital after assault.  Victims are not always sure they are ready to talk to someone but the SVC advocates will stay with them as long as they are wanted.

Data from Hennepin County indicates that 50% of people who go to the hospital after sexual assault  file a police report at that time.  Others may decide to do it later.  Nationwide,  of 100 rapes  25% get reported to the police.  This is a crime that is still in the shadows because of under-reporting due to cultural and social norms.  Reporting is something  SVC wants more victims/survivors to choose.  Even though some people may never want to report,  SVC wants the process to be as safe and supportive as possible.  SVC advocates work hard with their partners in law enforcement to help them work with and to support victims of criminal sexual conduct.

Evidence samples taken at the hospital exam are labeled “Do not Test” until the victim files a police report.  Different locations allow different amounts of time, but typically evidence will be held by the hospital while a victim decides whether to report for a minimum of 30 days.  At that point the victim will get a call asking if they want the tests held longer.  Anniversary dates seem to trigger decision making. There is a statute of limitations which depends on the level of the offense, so that is also a varying window.  Tests are done by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, not by the local police lab. Once a police report is made, the evidence goes  to the BCA for testing. The BCA produces a report that goes back to the police department that is handling the victim’s case, and investigators in that department will determine if the case should be referred to the County Attorney for charging.  In many cases, there just may not be enough evidence to present to a jury. Often  a message comes back   “We believe that this thing happened to you.  We believe you.  But with the evidence we can find, we’re not confident of convincing a jury. ”

Another impacting fact is there often is no evidence of physical forcing because there has been no physical force.  85% of the victims know their aggressor and the aggressors take advantage of that.  The incident may have involved drugs;  60% of the victims in Hennepin County who accessed a forensic exam after the assault were inebriated at the time of the assault.  A lawyer hopes for credible witness  testimony, but with a high degree of inebriation,  memory may not be perfect.
City Attorney Sarah Becker commented that 50% of the cases are charged for “less than” the initial complaint suggests the charge should be.  She pointed out that delayed reporting is a factor because bruising or tearing  have healed.

SVC advocates see their function as offering peer counseling, not therapy.  SVC advocates work to support many victims who struggle to believe it was not their fault they were targeted.

Advocates are largely protected from subpoena and unlikely to to called to testify in court. This is particularly important  when someone is afraid to report assault because they are undocumented, because they were working as a sex worker  at the time of the assault, because  they are under age, because  they were drunk, the SVC advocate is a safe person to talk to.   They won’t have to share their story.    By statute SVC staff are called “counselors”,  but use the term “Advocate” because they do more than counseling.

SVC staff work in several ways including over the phone.  They can work in person providing 10 sessions free of charge.  They provide services not available from therapists and counselors such as help obtaining restraining orders, finding funding for needed medical services, support with navigating the system.  Advocates work creatively to meet the needs of victims who come to them, trying different approaches.  They’ve discovered that having police interview a victim at the SVC office is more comfortable for some victims than going to a police unit would be.   Advocates will do anything they can that helps people feel supported.  One service that has worked well is for an advocate to offer phone counseling anonymously, asking victims to please not tell their name, the assailant’s name, and so on.  Just getting people to talk is the best way to build the kind of trust that is necessary to help people move on to the next step, whatever that may be.  If a caller says, “I’m not going to report this.” the counselor can say to them, “I believe you.  I’m not going to force you …. Let’s talk this through.  I want to talk to you and tell you what your options are and how to be safe.”  Ms Sukura is comfortable saying “Our model works.  People are terrified because they don’t know what to do, and that’s because no one ever talks about it.”

SVC offers its services in several unusual places, including prisons and half-way houses, in schools  with students  age 12-17 — an age when transportation and after school responsibilities make it tough for high school  students to get to the center.  Moreover, young people people are very nervous about the effect this is going to have on their parents.  Beyond being hurt themselves, they don’t want to hurt their parents.  This is another high value service SVC provides :  working  with friends and family members.  An assault is not just on one person but on everyone who cares about that person. They have had calls where someone may say, “This isn’t about me.  It’s my niece.  She told me and I don’t know what do do about this.”

 At the other end of life, some people do not talk  until years later.  SVC gets calls from nursing homes.  Sometimes it is about something that happened there, but sometimes it’s about something that happened 50 or 60 years earlier.  One woman commented that she could  see how this affected her through her whole life, but there was no one to talk to.

SVC organizes support groups because in groups you see that others are as affected as you are.  One pair that stands out in her memory was unlikely: a 16 year old and a 60 year old man.  What they had in common was the violence of the  assault, each one did understand that issue  better than anyone else in the room.

That brings up a very important concept: if someone discloses to you, they trust you.  It’s a  sacred trust.
QUESTION:  Reports suggest that 15% of the victims are male.  Is that average?  ANSWER:.   SVC may be reporting a higher percentage of male victims because they work in the prisons.  Male victims  tend to not want to call us. It’s very hard to get men to talk in front of other men.  If you look on the SVC  website, https://www.sexualviolencecenter.org/  you’ll see that we have male- identified advocates, trans-gender advocates, language and culturally specific support services and advocates.  Our job is to get victims to the support they need, even if it isn’t directly from SVC.  SVC also works  with Isuroon, a Somali women’s empowerment organization to better support refugees; they have learned that 25% of refugees report having suffered sexual violence.   Refugees are  survivors of many things; we want them  to know we offer support here.
Ms. Sukura left copies of a Sexual  Violence Center  poster.  If you would like a copy, please contact Emilie (e-quas@umn.edu)

STATE OF THE PRECINCT: Sgt. Jeff Carter presented the current incident summary of crime in the Second Precinct, all numbers are year to date:  Sexual Assault is down by over 17%, reporting 37 in 2017 in comparison with 45 last year.  Robbery is down over 26% with 65 incidents in 2017 vs 88 last year; aggravated assault is up slightly with 85 incidents this year but 84 last year; aggravated domestic assaults are up 5.7% with 37 this year and 35 last year.

Second Precinct officers made several outstanding arrests including  a 2nd degree assault on pizza delivery person who parked in someone else’s spot.   The AP, who pulled a knife on the delivery person, was located and arrested.  A 1st degree domestic assault resulted in arrest of the ex-boyfriend who hit his former girlfriend in the head with a bat and cut her with a knife.  A Burglary of Dwelling victim came home and found 2 suspects in his apartment.  They left when he confronted them but he called 911 when he spotted them returning to the apartment complex.  Three  were arrested.  Officers stopped a speeding vehicle at Central and University on 8-11.  The driver appeared impaired and was asked to step out of the vehicle, and when she did, suspected narcotics fell from her lap; two suspects were arrested.

Sgt. Carter also gave a report on the Second Precinct Community Response Team performance to date:  34 guns seized, almost $160K drug money seized; 10 vehicles seized;  41 felony complaints were charged; 79 felony/gross misdemeanor charged; 30 community complaint address related search warrants acted on; the total number of search warrants or court orders signed or served is 119
Counterfeit money is being passed again in NE Minneapolis.

Sgt. Carter is always interested in reports on suspicious activity, especially drug activity, and knows people do know when something seems wrong.  Typically this is when you see many people entering an address or meeting with a car in the street and leaving quickly over the course of a day.  He asks Second Precinct residents that, if they see this kind of activity, do NOT call 911.  Instead, call the Precinct and leave a message for Sgt Carter 612.673.5702.

COURTWATCH.  Sarah Becker reported our watch list:  Cody Corbin received a stay of imposition; Jason Enrico was convicted of forgery and sentenced to 13 months, stayed 3 years, so on probation until 7/20/20; Steven Haney trial was postponed until after our meeting; Daniel Heacock  has arraignment scheduled for 8/23/17; Paula Heille has a jury trial on 10/9/17; Mahad Ismail  was convicted and sentenced to 365 days in workhouse, 335 stayed for 2 years and is on probation until 7/29/19; Curtis Laroque was convicted in November of 2016 but that sentence was amended on 6/14/17 to 365 days at the workhouse, 305 days stayed for 2 years, on probation to 11/4/18; Kenneth Nelson has 3 open felony cases with a jury trail 10/9 17 (Impact statements requested).  A probation violation warrant was issued for Joshua Poplawski on 7/31 and a hearing scheduled for 8/17 (Impact statements requested); a bench warrant for failure to appear was issued for Robert Schroeder on 7/12; Michael Zaccardi has a hearing on 8/22, and is potentially going to Mental Health Court.

No updates on Kevin Foster,  Johnny Hall, Dae Nisell, Ashley Sage (doing well on her drug court plan!)

IMPACT STATEMENTS REQUESTED:  Kenneth Nelson has had 32 city-wide arrests since 1995 with 12 convictions  and has a trial coming up 10-9.  He currently has 3 open felony cases.  Joshua Michael Poplawskihas 2 trespass offenses and a probation violation hearing on a burglary offense, all in the 3rd Precinct but he is now spending a lot of time around Stadium Village as well as on Franklin.   Reminder: our home page has a guideline: How to write an impact statement.  Go to https://courtwatch2pac.com/  and click on the button at the top that says “Impact Statements”  — the guidelines will appear on the message area of the page.

Ms Becker nominated three for addition to our watch list:  1) Hussein Farah sexually assaulted two women the same day in one apartment building AND had PCP while operating a motor vehicle (traffic stop at 5th and University Ave SE).  He has been arrested 6 times in 3 years in the 2nd Pct for traffic, burglary, assault.   2) Richard Breen, offense was consuming in public and has had10 city-wide arrests since 2014, 4 in the 2nd Pct, for public consumption, trespass, criminal conduct.  3) Bryan Holmes has 17 arrests in the 2nd Pct since 2013, for trespass, public consumption.    Motion was made and approved to add these three to our list.

General announcement:  Susan Webb has moved to another MPD position which takes her out of the Second Precinct.  For the time being Nick Juarez is working solo.

Meeting was adjourned (about) 7:20

July meeting report: Hate crimes and discrimination investigations in Mpls.

The meeting was called to order at 6:07 by Chair Larry Ranallo with 20 attenders.

Our speakers this month were Velma Korbel, Director of the Minneapolis Dept. of Civil Rights, and Kristin Johnson, Investigator in the Complaint Investigations Division of the Dept.  As the City is expanding services to residents, it is also expanding the means residents have to request these services.  Our well known and heavily used 311 contact is now a means of reporting hate crimes and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and other, and these crimes may be reported by targets or by witnesses.

Ms. Korbel related that the “Hate Crimes Hotline” is an extension of the 311 line service, which was launched with limited services and hours in 2003, but has been expanding ever since. People in Minneapolis dial 311 for direct access while people who are outside the city proper or who can’t  use that line for any reason (TTY callers, for example)  can call 612.673.3000.

While there has always been some level of hate crime in Minneapolis, authorities have noticed an increase starting in Sept and October of 2016 when the political race fueled a lot of talk about building a wall, deporting people, and other divisive issues.   There was a further rise when U.S. borders were closed to some people.  As controversy became more heated, some cities took a stand declaring themselves “inclusive” and separating law enforcement activity from immigration and customs enforcement activity through use of non-cooperation clauses. Cities enforcing non-cooperation between their police forces and immigration officials include Seattle, NYC, Albuquerque, and more.  Minneapolis is part of this movement.

The Civil Rights Department of Minneapolis, the St. Paul Department of Human Rights, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and the FBI joined forces to coordinate the programs and outreach services offered by each agency.  There was a need for one number to call where reports would be screened to determine what department or service would best meet the immediate concern; 311 was an obvious resource.  311 is also a way for service providers to gather information about hate and bias crimes. Resources were added to the Department’s budget to coordinate the City’s response and handle information regarding hate crimes and discrimination, and to work with community and enforcement partners. Kristin leads this work in the Department.

People needed to know this expanded service exists so one of the first things they developed was a simple poster,  Go to http://www.minneapolismn.gov/civilrights/index.htm and scroll past “HATE CRIMES HOTLINE” to see a printable PDF. Updates to the page making the information more accessible are pending.

QUESTION:  Does hate speech = a hate crime?

Korbel:  No, speech is protected by the First Amendment. There is hateful speech, but no agreed-upon definition.  There is confusion because last year’s political speech often mentioned “hate speech” which put that in people’s minds but the fact is, there is no definition of hate speech.  We welcome discourse of any kind, but while we may not like it, we can’t stop it.

QUESTION: 311 operators, including the supervisor seem confused about hate crimes.

Korbel: If you called the 311 operators, not to report a crime but to ask about hate speech, you need to remember 311 operators are NOT there to explain things, define terms, or to speak directly about a caller’s concerns.  Their job is limited to forwarding calls to the appropriate service center where staff trained in the caller’s issues are waiting to listen to and to evaluate a callers concerns and to begin working with and for the caller.  311’s job begins with receiving your call and ends when the operator has forwarded your call.

QUESTION: There is a question of context.  Speech at work can create an atmosphere that interrupts your ability to work.

Korbel:  Most work places have policies in place that outline what is and isn’t permitted in the work place and how violations will be handled.  Managers should be trained to handle these issues. Issues and events in one place may be handled very differently from a similar situation at a different organization.

Board member Dorothy Bode reminded people that the Minneapolis Public Schools is a separate jurisdiction and has its own hotline.

QUESTION [ASKED AFTER THE MEETING:  SO IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING A SATISFACTORY RESPONSE FROM e.g. YOUR OFFICE HR OR THE SCHOOL’S HOTLINE RESPONSE, ARE YOU BARRED FROM USING THE CITY SERVICE OR ENCOURAGED TO USE IT?]

Johnson:  You may always contact the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), St. Paul Department of Human Rights, or Minnesota Department of Human Rights to report unlawful discrimination, including a hostile working environment. A hostile work environment may be created through the harassment of an individual based on a protected characteristic (as defined in the Mpls Civil Rights Ordinance, Section 139.40(b)) that negatively affects that employee’s performance or job opportunities and is known by and not prevented or corrected by the employer. This is an example of an instance where one individual’s expressions of prejudice toward another individual may be unlawful, when the same exchanges on a public street may constitute protected speech.

Johnson: Minneapolis ordinance bans discrimination based on “race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance or familial status.”  Property damage, assault, and stalking are crimes per state law, no matter what the motive, but if bias (discrimination)  is determined to have been a motive of a crime, that judgment will give the complaint an enhanced status.  For example, if a person commits an assault, that is a crime.  If, during the assault they call someone a name (based on race, gender, etc.) the sentence for that crime may be increased on that basis.

Data collection so far suggests that many episodes are based on race issues.  Data also suggest that many incidents are under-reported.  Data collection does show context which may figure in later outreach programs.  With regard to most speech questions received to date, one example is that you may still paint a Swastika on your own property, but you may still not paint one on someone else’s property without their permission or on public property.

Johnson: some complaints may be sent to the MN Dept of Human Rights or other agencies, depending on the type of crime and the location.  The Mpls Civil Rights personnel will always look at it first.

The Dept of Civil Rights is developing relationships with other resources to better respond to complaints. It’s a work in progress. Please call Kristin at 612 673 2087 with any questions about the hotline or the implicated laws.

WHAT OFFICES CAN HELP AN INDIVIDUAL FILE A COMPLAINT?

In Minneapolis:  Minneapolis Dept. of Civil Rights, (612) 673-3012.

In St. Paul, St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, (651) 266-8966.

Elsewhere in the state, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, (651) 296-5663.

THANK YOU!

STATE OF THE PRECINCT:   Inspector  Loining reported that violent crime in the 2nd Precinct is down by 7.6% led by Robbery, down 32.47%  from 77 incidents in 2016 to 52 in YTD in 2017.  Criminal Sexual Conduct is up from 29 to 31 incidents in the same period and Aggravated Assault if up from 64 to 75 incidents in the same period.

Burglary is down by 11.29% but  auto theft is up by over 39%.

Current “Hot Crime Issues” in the 2nd Precinct are 1) reducing violent crimes by monitoring reports to determine focus zones for increased patrol, 2) reducing theft from motor vehicles by reminding folks to remove valuables from their cars or at least keep them locked in the trunk, 3) auto theft, alerting owners to the danger of warming up vehicles in the winter and to reduce theft of mopeds by securing light two wheelers with locks and chains, and 4) to reduce burglary of garages by reminding folks to lock their garages.  Officers will leave a hang tag on obviously unsecured garages which offers help and outlines the reasons to lock up.

Successful policing reports including two July 6 search warrants in NE Mpls,which uncovered one marijuana growing operation (one party booked) and a recovery of a shotgun and almost $10,000.   The Property Crimes Unit has been assigned 189 cases for investigation so far in 2017.  Of these, 144 have led to a charge.

The Second Precinct has gained 5 new officers.  All will be on foot beats for the next six months (standard procedure): 2 on East Hennepin and 3 in the Stadium Village area which includes the light rail station.  Other personnel changes:  Sgt. Beth Mota has transferred to the Juvenile Unit.  Sgt. Chris Patino has joined  2nd Pct Property Crimes, and Sgt. Darin Waletzki is now in the 2nd Pct

COURTWATCH:  Sarah Becker, City Atty.  and Judi Cole Hennepin Cty Atty.:  Cody Corbin failed to appear on 7/5 and a bench warrant was issued; he is free on $5000 bond and his next court date is 8/2.  Jason Enrico had an omnibus hearing scheduled on 7/14.  Kevin Foster was convicted on June 5;  a stay of imposition was issued and he is on probation until 6.5.2020.  Steven Haney is facing 2 narcotics cases; he posted a $100,000 bond on March 1; his house will be in foreclosure at the end of July. Daniel Heacock is now out of custody and waiting for a competency hearing.  Paula Heille failed to appear on 5/10 and a bench warrant was issued.  Mahad Ismail is now in prison and has a pretrial on July 19.  Kenneth Nelson has a 9/19/17 hearing coming up, and one complaint against him has a jury trial date.  Sharkina Nickens was convicted of burglaries and is now in prison.  Her other complaints have not been resolved.  Dae  Nisell was convicted on 6/23 for violation of restraining order and was sentenced to the MN Correctional Facility in St. Cloud (18 months stayed 3 years); he is on probation to 6.23.20.  Ryan Pilarski has completed probation on June 13.  Joshua Poplawski has a pretrial on trespass in the 3rd Pct scheduled for 7/12; probation violation hearing  on 7.24.  Ashley Sage seems to be meeting her agreement.  Robert Schroeder has a July 12 pretrial.  Michael Zaccardi has a felony level damage complaint with a 7.21 omnibus hearing.

No updates:Johnny Hall has not yet responded to his February bench warrant.  Curtis Laroq remains on probation to 11/4/18 and there have been no updates.

Removed: Canty, Nickens, Moen, Pilarski

Reminders:  do you want attorneys to attend your National Night Out?  Contact Jean M Heyer (Jean.Heyer@hennepin.us), or go to heep://www.hennepinattorney.org/prevention/community-partnerships/national-night-out

It’s a chance to ask questions you may have been curious about and didn’t know who/how/where to find the answers — plus they’re nice people.

With no New or Old Business, the meeting was adjourned.

June meeting notes, part 1: Report from Aurora Center, victim support center.

The meeting was called to order at 6:10 PM by Chair, Larry Ranallo.  19 people attended.

Leading off a series of reports on support services available in Minneapolis to  victims of assault, Bronte Stewart-New, Legal Advocacy Coordinator described the menu of services available  from  the Aurora Center, University of Minnesota.

The Aurora Center  currently has 67 full time staff.  Many volunteer first and then are offered jobs at  the center.  Ms Stewart-New volunteered 4 years and was hired early in 2017.

The first step toward reducing the incidence of inappropriate sexual events on campus is to define terms.  The U of MN  distinguishes harassment, assault, relationship violence, harm, stalking, and consent.

Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances that are presented as a condition of employment or academic advancement, or which have the effect of interfering with an individual’s performance,  or which create a hostile or offensive environment in any University event.

Sexual assault is actual, attempted or threatened sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent.  This includes but is not limited to intercourse. Rape is sexual intercourse without  freely given consent.

Relationship violence is causing physical harm, or threats of physical harm that rise in a personal, intimate relationship.

Harm means engaging in conduct that endangers OR threatens to endanger the physical and/or mental health, safety or welfare of another person and includes (but is not limited to) threatening, stalking, harassing, intimidating, or assaulting.

Stalking is behavior directed at a specific person that is unwanted and which would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  At the U of MN, the focus is on the impact on the targeted person, not  the intent of the doer.

Per U of MN official policy, consent is informed, freely and affirmatively communicated willingness to engage in sexual activity, expressed in clear and unambiguous words or actions.

Prevalence of  assault reported by U of MN enrolled students, not limited to assault while enrolled: in 2015 the Center conducted a Health and Safety self-reporting survey.  34% of students contacted responded to the survey.

1)  24% reported being sexually assaulted.  The breakdown was 11% of all males and 32 % of all females
2) 19% reported domestic violence.  The breakdown was 12% of all males and 23% of all females.

3) Student perpetrators were 11% (again, this is self-reporting)

When the survey limited to reports of assault during enrollment, the picture changes slightly:

1) 6% of males reported post enrollment assault
2) 23% of females reported assault since enrollment
3) 34% of GLBT or gender-non-conforming students reported assault since enrollment.
These reports parallel similar reports from other  universities in percentage of reported assault.  In every category, the numbers were higher for students of color than for others.  BRONTE:  THIS DOES NOT JIBE WITH THE STATEMENT TWO SENTENCES DOWN: “12.8% white”
Additionally, the number of disabled students reporting assault were almost twice the number of students who do not consider themselves disabled, 21% v. 11%

Finally, when the report is sorted by race/ethnicity, another picture emerges, as 7% of reporters were Asian, 11.1% were Pacific Islander, 11;5% were black or African American, 12.8% white, 14.9% Hispanic, but 21.7% were Native American or Alaska Native.

Once a person decides to seek help, Aurora provides immediate and long term assistance on many levels.  There is a 24/7/365 help line staffed by volunteers with staff backup.  Aurora provides crisis counseling, support groups, and a substantial menu of advocacy services, not limited to dealing with academic impact, helping with housing, assisting with medical care, supporting a victim during police interviews, and helping with legal matters like obtaining restraining orders and other legal affairs.

Advocacy is the broadest service.  Advocacy begins with immediate emotional support to sexual assault victims, which is continued as long as necessary.  An advocate’s goals are to help the client avoid re-victimization (insuring fair treatment), to coordinate local  campus and community resources and programs.  The Aurora program is completely free to the client and completely confidential.  Advocates do not make decisions for a client, but carefully lay out options so the client is able to mindfully make his or her own fully informed decisions.

People affiliated with the University have  two first level options, but services may flow from one to the other.

First: Seek Support, don’t report.  Support is available through the Aurora Center (612.626.9111), through Boynton Mental Health Services (which also has a 24-hour crisis line at 612.301.4673) or from student Counseling Services.

Second: Report.  The Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action office is the strongest place to find help for violation of Title IX clauses,  Another place is to get help from the police (Emergency is a 911 call and non-emergency is 612.624.COPS 624.2677)

June meeting notes, part 2: Regular business

The meeting was called to order by Emilie Quast at 6:18 PM. 26 attenders.

Inspector Loining introduced three new people who have joined the Second Precinct. Lt. Nelson, Lt. Osland, and Crime Analyst Luther Krueger. Welcome to all!

The top crime issues in the Second Precinct remain robberies and burglaries.

Of the 7 robberies, 2 were robberies of businesses (NE Bank and Two Amigos) The geographic breakdown is 3 in Holland (including 2 of persons), 2 in Windom, and 2 in Marcy Holmes East (Dinkytown to 35W).

The Precinct had 32 burglaries between May 11 and June 11. Of those 28 were burglaries of dwelling and 4 were burglaries of businesses. Marcy Holmes reports the greatest number of burglaries and most of those show no sign of forced entry. This category does include unsecured garages.

Good news: 4 items

1) There was a rise of burglaries of storage units in SE Mpls apartment buildings. A resident reported a burglary in progress, and officers arrested Saul Gonzalez Jr, and Marissa Farber. Since then the number of burglaries has decreased.

2) Audubon Neighborhood had a pattern of burglaries mostly occurring on Fridays, during the day, by back door forced entry. An officer stopped a vehicle and identified a party but didn’t have cause to detain him. This person was later arrested for burglary in another part of the city and number of incidents has decreased.

3) Holland was seeing burglaries by young black males on a yellow moped. Officers stopped a yellow moped and identified a rider who had a history of committing burglaries and admitted he’d done a burglary in North Mpls.

4) A person arrested in St. Paul confessed to some burglaries of businesses in NE Minneapolis. An officer is working with St. Paul PD to make a positive connection.

City Attorney Sarah Becker opened Courtwatch, and explained the Courtwatch procedure to newcomers in the room.

Ronald Bailey, 2nd Degree murder charge, has a jury trial on 8/20. Maxim Chance pleaded guilty on lower charge and is on probation until 4/19. Johnny Hall 9/17 Jury trial for 5th degree narcotics and probation violation hearing.

Richard Breen demanded execution of sentence and was released on 6/15/18 when he had completed his sentence.

Daniel Heacock has significant mental health issues. Because he is unable to participate in his own defense, the court must dismiss misdemeanors and suspend felonies; however, due to a change of procedures, he has been in civil commitment since May 23. Commitment may mean going to a regional treatment center there are “flexible committments”. Mr. Heacock has a very long history with 35 city-wide arrests since 1995, 24 of them in the Second Precinct. We will be hearing more about this welcome “change in procedures” at a future PAC meeting. It’s been clear for a long time that Mr. Heacock has been creating situations in which he is very much in danger. In addition to endangering himself, he is creating more than nuisance damage to others in the Second Precinct.

No updates: Paula Heille is still on bench warrant status, issued in October. Bryan Holmes, no update. Robert Schroeder no update.

Cody Horton failed to appear at his omnibus hearing (cited for firing a handgun out his window and into a neighbor’s house) and a bench warrant was issued. Mahad Ismail is on probation to 7/19. Curtis Laroque remains on probation to 11/18. Joshua Poplawski has multiple open cases hearing on June 19th and July 12 is trespassed from almost everywhere; attorney’s office may need impact statements which will be requested on GovDoc. James Zaccardi was convicted on May 24, is on probation for 3 years. Michael Zaccardi had his jury trial which he didn’t attend, so a bench warrant was issued.

DROPS: We agreed to drop Cody Corbin since he has been discharged from probation. Richard Breen has completed his sentence. Dropping Paula Heille was considered

ADDS:
Dwayne Miles for one count of 5th degree marijuana sale and one count of 5th degree drug possession for a large amount of marijuana.

Rico Gonzalez-Briseno for 1 count of assault (2nd degree) with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm and 1 count of assault (2nd degree) with a dangerous weapon, on 5-12-18. (Marcy-Holmes)

Alfonso Seals for 1 count of assault (2nd degree) with a dangerous weapon causing substantial bodily harm and 1 count of assault (2nd degree) with a dangerous weapon, on 5-12-18.
(Marcy-Holmes)

Judi Cole explained the division of responsibility between City Attorney and County Attorney’s offices. In larger cities in Minnesota (Mpls., St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, et al.) the City Attorney’s office is responsible for misdemeanor charges through gross misd. which can result into sentencing up to 90 days. The County Attorney’s office handles felony and juvenile offenses. In many outstate areas, the County Attorney’s office handles both.

EQ: Judi offered to supply, and I offered to handle summary sheets on this topic, sentencing guidelines, and on a few other topics that are pertinent to Courtwatch outcomes. None of the topics is terribly complex, but there is too much detail to absorb in one quick meeting with no references.

Questions from attenders: One person wants a map of the precinct. She wants to know how far a crime or crime pattern is from her neighborhood so she has an idea of how much concern she should feel. CPS Rashid will find a map that only outlines the various neighborhoods.

April meeting notes, part 2: Business meeting

DISCUSSION:  The question of getting more neighbors to attend meetings came up first.  We need to increase neighbor  participation in 2-PAC so that questions can be asked, explanations can be offered, answers can be given in a timely and pertinent way.  Mike Rainville pointed out that when people attend, they can take information back to the n’hood and start a dialog.  PAC is the fastest way to bring  new issues  to the attention of the Precinct and to take alerts from the Precinct back to the neighborhood.  Building off that, Inspector Loining  pointed out that when announcements go out, there is always room for misunderstanding,  If something isn’t clear or is hard to understand, coming to a PAC meeting is a good way to talk things over.

STATE OF THE PRECINCT:  Inspector Loining reported that in March, the 2nd Precinct saw two problem areas:  robberies and burglaries.  Burglaries have been an ongoing issue since last fall.  The Second Precinct has responded with increased surveillance, a warning sign “Burglary Reduction Zone” indicating the increased patrolling.  This is one area where “If you see something, say something”  can really pay off, especially if you see enough to describe clothing or behavior.  When residents notice something that doesn’t seem right and report it to the Precinct, that call is plotted on a map.  This is how crime patterns are made visible so the precinct knows where to focus officer hours and attention.

Robberies in March:  there were 10 robberies total:  1 of a business, 5 aggravated (with a weapon or threat of harm) robberies of persons, and 4 simple robberies of persons.  There is some concentration in the Holland neighborhood.  The business robbery is an ongoing investigation.  Of the 5 aggravated robberies, two resulted in arrests, two were not assigned, and one was closed due to no cooperation from victim.  The four simple robberies were resolved: one was routed to Property Crimes and assigned, two were assigned to investigators, and one was not assigned.

Inspector Loining also noted that the area in Marcy-Holmes just outside of Dinkytown, 6th Street SE close to St. Larry’s and ULCH and running west, has a high number of robberies every year for a number of reasons:  many people don’t have cars or don’t need them to walk in and out, on a food run, running a quick trip to Target, or whatever.  This is a place to practice proactive walking: be aware of your surroundings, walk with friends, put the cell phone away (it will draw close attention of someone who wants to steal it, and will make you inattentive), no earbuds.  If someone approaches you and it doesn’t feel right, it’s NOT right.  Always trust yourself about that feeling.

Suspicious behavior.  We have officers patrolling in marked and unmarked cars.  MPD has video equipment that reads license tabs, looking for a particular license number.

Staffing.  Right now the Precinct is at 61 officers.  Loining is satisfied that supervisors are working at making sure officers are not putting in more hours than they should, to prevent burnout.  We expect to provide timely service to all residents.  911 does some prioritizing, but if there are 5 pending calls at the start of a shift, Loining wants his teams to skip roll call and get the officers out right away.

One person suggested that some of the load of the precinct might be mitigated by having social workers or other mental health professionals on staff at the precinct.  Staffing is also impacted by physical issues, perhaps an officer has a physical issue and can’t work a squad shift for a while, so where do we use them?  Would outsourcing things like computer work and data management be a better use of time?  Inspector Loining noted that two civilians have been hired to process body cam data.

The dept has many specialty units, which are productive, but they do take resources from squad patrol.  He believes that patrol is where the work must begin; it’s the foundation of police work.  Question about shifting officers around as for game days and other events.  Question: Why did a squad follow me down my alley with the lights off?  Answer: Loining did that when he was in a squad in south Mpls.  [lights alert people the squad is coming] He prefers his officers stop  when they pull up to a person and ask friendly questions, like “How’s the evening  going?”

Summary:  We have 61 officers; they’re all working hard;  we’re taking care of business.

Nick put together some summary maps of March crime in the 2nd Precinct:
Sector 2 (south of Broadway) saw 9 burglaries (6 of them through unlocked doors or no evidence of forced entry)  all were of occupied dwellings, 2 resulted in arrest.  There were two robberies of persons and one robbery of a business.  1 warrant was served  for narcotics.

Sector 1 had 6 burglaries of dwellings, all were forced entries.  There were also 4 robberies of persons with physical assault or threat with a knife and one robbery of business.  3 search warrants were served for weapons, narcotics, and there was one arrest on a 4th warrant.

COURTWATCH: Judi Cole (Henn.Cty) and Sarah Becker (Mpls )

New developments: Richard Breen, Bench warrant issued for parole violation 4/4; Cody Corbin, off probation monitoring; Johnny Hall, hearing on 5/18; Daniel Heacock had a first hearing on 4/5; Paula Heille, bench warrant on 10/9/17 for failure to appear; Bryan Holmes is on probation to 11/16/18; Curtis Laroque remains on probation to 11/04/18; Joshua Poplawski has a jury trial and separate hearing on 4/18/18; Robert Schroeder was convicted on 3/2/18 and is on probation for 1 year; Michael Zaccardi was convicted on 4/30/17 and is on probation.

Voted off the list: Hussein Farah, Steven Haney, Mahad Ismail; Kenneth Nelson.

We voted to add Maxim Guy Chance to the watch.  He has 7 arrests citywide since 2015 but 2 arrests in 2018 in the 2nd Precinct (assault of one neighbor and threatening another neighbor).
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May 14 is OPEN HOUSE!  From 5 to 7PM, come to the  Second Precinct Open House for food off the grill and finger food.  Whether it rains or stays sunny, the canopy will go up.  Cops on Bikes will be there.  I don’t have a complete list yet, but I expect to see the awesome mobile command center, members of the K-9 team,  outreach workers from this month’s presenter (Child & Teen Center), real working robots, and a whole lot more.  I hope to see horses.  This is a party being held for you, so just come.  You are very welcome and wanted there. 1911 Central Ave NE with plenty of parking all around.

April meeting notes, part 1: Child & Teen Checkups Program

Our guest speaker this month was Morgan Mulhern from the seven county Child & Teen Checkups program.

This program, which has been providing services since the 1960s, is part of the Public Health Dept. of Minnesota but it is actually a federal program.  Every county in the country has a staff or program.  In other states, the programs are often called the EPSDT (Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis & Treatment).   The Child & Teen Checkups program is for children and youth who are on medical assistance.   It provides  access to comprehensive medical and dental care and tracks its clients through the years so they and their parents or care takers are sure they are receiving the followups they need, through their 21st birthday.

The reasoning behind this program is simple.  A child (or adult) can’t do well in school or anywhere else if she has a toothache, a low grade infection, or is in general poor health.   Most of these issues can be prevented, treated, or at least mitigated.
The C&TC was set up after it was discovered that too few people were taking advantage of this free and comprehensive service.  Study revealed that that many people need explanations and coaching and some needed it in languages other than English.  Eligible people may need help finding a clinic or dentist, scheduling appointments with primary care providers, arranging for transportation and interpreters, getting referrals to specialists, acquiring medications, and other issues.

Ms Mulhern pointed out that 80% of human brain development happens before age 3.  This is the time when a lack of medical and dental care have the biggest negative impact  and good medical and dental care will have the most rewarding (and future cost-saving) positive impact.

Supporting the supporters is part of the C&TC program.  Ms Mulhern brought a 2-page list of resources in the community that are out there, pre-natal and on through life. The list includes housing, mental health, food resources, and many other services. There are also tipsheets, like the one that suggested baby games like counting fingers and toes, finding “eyes, ears, mouth and nose”, reading, singing, just talking, and more.  Every positive interaction with a baby has a payoff.

For more information: they are open 8AM-4:30PM, M-F.  Phone: 612.348.5131.
Question:  How many clients does C&TC serve every year,  and of those people eligible, how many still do not know about C&TC?

Ms Mulhern didn’t have  the numbers with her but the following data were sent to EQ after the meeting:

·       In 2017 in Hennepin County there were 133,000 children ages birth to 21 who were enrolled on Medicaid & eligible for Child & Teen Check Up services.   In 2018 it’s gone up to 140,050 children.

·       The participation rate last year for Child & Teen Check Ups was 81%, so 107,730 eligible children got in for a checkup at least one time that year.  Note:  Hennepin County’s participation was the highest in the state.

·       C&TC staff make phone calls to all children’s parents/guardians.  They also  phone young adults who are 18-21 yrs. of age who are on their own.  Introduction calls go out shortly after clients have enrolled on Medicaid.  Staff also does reminder or referral calls.

·       Staff spoke to 37,000 individuals face/face about our program throughout Hennepin County in 2017.   We were at community events & community partner sites.  We set up information tables, did presentations & attended community meetings.

·       Face/face outreach and phone calls are done by  12 Senior Community Health Workers.

C&TC will be at this year’s Second Precinct Open House, on  Monday, May 14, 5-7 PM.

Special thanks to Ms. Mulhern for stepping in at the last minute.  We’d wanted a presentation by this department during the summer, but a situation changed and she actually had less than a day to figure out what she wanted to present.  Thank you very much!