Letter to the Editor: Here’s Some Fake News From the Minneapolis Police Department


For all those out there that are concerned about “fake news,” I’ve got a humdinger for you.

The headline “Man Dies After Medical Incident During Police Interaction” is from May 25, 2020.

"On Monday evening, shortly after 8 p.m., officers from the Minneapolis Police Department responded to a report of a forgery in progress. Officers were advised that the suspect was sitting on top of a blue car and appeared to be under the influence. Two officers arrived and located the suspect, a male believed to be in his 40s, in his car. He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers. Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later."

Here’s an updated correction not offered up by the Minneapolis Police Department:

“A 12-member jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of all three charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. The trial of three other former police officers who were involved in Floyd's death is set to begin on Aug. 23 in the same Hennepin County government building where Chauvin was tried. The former officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — will be tried together. The state has charged them each with two counts of aiding and abetting — one for second-degree murder and one for second-degree manslaughter.”

I’m sure the Minneapolis Police Department would like to apologize for any misunderstandings and confusion the originally released police report may have caused, but I guess we’ll have to wait on that.


Dennis Shain