Thursday, September 21, 2006

Police Are Forced to Shoot & Kill Suspect Minneapolis

You'll see the typical headlines today, such as "Police shoot man in S. Minneapolis", which of course makes it sound to headline readers as if an innocent man were walking down the sidewalk minding his own business when the police suddenly shot him for no reason. This is typical following an incident where the police are forced to shoot someone. I consider that an inflammatory headline.

KARE 11 News has a slightly better, but still misleading, headline: "One dead overnight, two Minneapolis officers on paid leave".

Minneapolis police responded to a domestic dispute just after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the 3900 block of Bloomington Avenue in south Minneapolis.

According to Interim Police Chief Tim Dolan, once officers arrived on the scene, a man fled the scene, a scuffle ensured about a block away. The man was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

Two Minneapolis officers involved in the incident are on paid administrative leave as is standard procedure pending an investigation.

Dolan expects to release additional details at news conference set for 1 p.m. Thursday.
You'll notice that on Rambix and the Red Star, I'll initially give the police the benfit of the doubt until facts prove otherwise. The MSM generally plays it the opposite, at least in their headlines.

I'll post more later as details emerge.