See No Evil
Minnesota, that bastion of Walter Mondale, doesn't want police using their eyes:
- Minneapolis has wiped away laws that banned lurking and spitting, responding to critics who said they unfairly targeted minorities.
The Minneapolis City Council voted 12-1 on Friday to repeal the ordinances. Mayor Betsy Hodges called the ordinances antiquated and unnecessary.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that Council President Barb Johnson cast the lone no vote. She said the lurking law allowed police to stop people before they committed crimes in neighborhoods like the north side ward she represents.
But advocacy groups targeted the ordinances after high-profile shootings in other cities raised tension between police and citizens.
So because of supposed "tension" elsewhere, the city council of Minneapolis decided to do away with the old "up-to-no-good" observations that officers make dozens of times a shift, lest the police find someone who was actually up to no good.