Here’s the Complaint filed by ACLU in federal court:

Why? Attacks on journalists are a pattern of behavior. From the Complaint, and evident in the media:

The past week has been marked by an extraordinary escalation of unlawful force deliberately targeting reporters…

The press is under assault in our City.
Over the past week, the Minneapolis Police and the Minnesota State Patrol have tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, shot in the face with rubber bullets, arrested without cause, and threatened journalists at gunpoint, all after these journalists identified themselves and were otherwise clearly engaged in their reporting duties. These are not isolated incidents.

This pattern and practice of conduct by law enforcement tramples on the Constitution. It violates the sacrosanct right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press that form the linchpin of a free society. It constitutes a pattern of unreasonable force and unlawful seizures under the Fourth Amendment. And it deprives liberty without a modicum of due process protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Plaintiff brings this action and asks the Court to restrain Defendants from further violence and unconstitutional conduct.

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Last Friday, Alan and I were on errands, and we stopped at Lisu’s Thai Taste (oh, I miss being able to go up there regularly!), and saw a bearcat sitting on the 80th St. overpass of Hwy. 61 in Cottage Grove and grabbed this photo (3 p.m. May 29, 2002):

Facing us, and the bearcat, was this:

We were on our way back home, with stop for picnic in Hastings. As we arrived at the riverside park, we saw a law enforcement boat (sheriff? It was red, couldn’t read the side) motoring up the Mississippi at a high rate of speed. WHAT IS GOING ON? So I fired up the phone, and saw on a Red Wing list claims that “rioters are heading our way,” that “THE BLACK PANTHERS ARE COMING!” and “they’re coming to burn down the Cottage Grove High School, Chauvin went there!” What? Yeah, really. Later there was an alert distributed by Red Wing Police Dept. saying there was a “credible threat” and that people should stay away from the protest scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, and this notion of a “credible threat” was confirmed by more than one City Council member.

My red flags went up, false flag detectors bending the needle. I did some calling around, because no one who had posted this crap knew anything about it, they didn’t source before posting. Stores were closed in Cottage Grove, Target was closing all their metro stores, Menards hadn’t closed yet, and the guy who answered at Menards, which was closing in an hour, was utterly freaked, that “thousands of rioters were coming to Cottage Grove,” and “they’re going to burn down the high school because Chauvin went there” (again) (did he? and why would anyone care decades later?). Had a rational conversation with someone from the sheriff’s office, the bearcat was out there due to the rumors “with utmost caution,” but I heard an undercurrent of “good grief, what are people thinking” in the mix.

I’ve sent in this Data Practices Act Request, because the rumors and “alerts” and “credible threats,” well, they aren’t credible — I mean really, 70-75,000 agitators on the road to the Metro? Out-state communities filled with rumors of THOUSANDS OF RIOTERS deemed credible threat? Who would believe such crap, and who is spreading this around and why? Who benefits from this?

UPDATED: Sheriff says credible threats were received Saturday; state Rep. Grossell takes part in citizen patrol

Walz sending national guard to Minnesota’s western border due to ‘credible threat’

From Unicorn Riot, looking into the workings and ties to Minnesota Fusion Center:

Police Fusion Center Tied to Fake Social Media Accounts

Here he is trying to frame fact-checks and twit blocks that expose his Liar-in-Chief ways as “censorship.” Good grief…

And what does this Executive Order really mean? Here’s the “Public Inspection” version, released just before it’s official:

Where on earth to they get the idea that there would be 70-75 THOUSAND people coming in? Boogalooers aren’t that many. They’re LOUD but few.

This kind of thing also fans the rumor mill flames, like the yahoos in Cottage Grove saying “THE BLACK PANTHERS ARE COMING” and that “rioters are coming to burn down the Cottage Grove High School because Chauvin went there!” Do you really think that anyone gives a rodent’s rump where Chauvin went to high school? People saying “rioters are coming to Red Wing on Saturday!” Let’s have a little sense, critical thinking, sourcing, and reflection.

Protest v. boogaloo

May 29th, 2020

Minnesota is destabilized and burning. Who benefits from the chaos? Who benefits from the destruction?

Police Chief: Much of the riot damage caused by those from outside Minneapolis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey calls Minneapolis unrest ‘unacceptable’; President Donald Trump promises action

Trump? Action? “Any difficulty and we will assume control…” WHAT? NO! STAY AWAY!

But wait, even twitter thought that was a bit much — how about just deleting this maniac’s account:

Anyway, who are these outsiders?

Right-Wing ‘Race War” Wannabees Could Make George Floyd Protests Go Nuclear

After seeing Unicorn Riot interview the guy with the big gun roaming the street at the 3rd Precinct protest Wednesday, after seeing the “Umbrella Guy” breaking windows, and seeing the boogaloo flag by the AutoZone and screenshots of their twits and fb groups, methinks they’ve already “gone nuclear.”

Far-right ‘boogaloo’ militants have embedded themselves in the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis: ‘They want their civil war’

Some background:

The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think

After seeing the 4th Precinct shooting, this is not far-fetched:

Scarsella rebuffed by MN S.Ct. July 31st, 2019

For the pre-shooting video:

REVEALED: Accused Minneapolis shooters fascinated with guns, militia groups and the Confederacy