November 19, 2015
Michael O. Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney
300 S. Sixth St.
Minneapolis, MN 55487
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A note from the County Attorney about the police shooting of Jamar Clark
The shooting death of Jamar Clark on Nov. 15 has caused much concern in the city and here in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Investigations by both the federal government and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are underway and we should all wait for those to be completed.
We currently have a senior prosecutor assigned to the case and if it is submitted to our office, other prosecutors from this office will follow the practice of the past 35 years and present the case to the grand jury to determine whether a crime was committed that could be charged and prosecuted. There is nothing more I can say at this point in order to make sure the enitre process is thorough, fair and complete.
Freeman joins Mayor & Chief on new initiative to reduce crime
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman joined Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau on Nov. 13 in rolling out a new initiative to stop violent crime in the city.
At the press conference held at City Hall, Freeman announced that he would be assigning a “seasoned, veteran prosecutor who is experienced in violent crimes and gang activity,” to work with Harteau’s taskforce investigators.
“Relationships mean the results get better,” Freeman said of having a single prosecutor working with the same investigators. “We need all of that to get the gun-toters off the streets. Let me be clear. If you commit a violent crime, you can’t carry a handgun. If you carry a handgun in Minneapolis, we will getcha.”
Brooklyn Park couple convicted of large marijuana sales operation
A neighbor’s suspicions about drug dealing in his Brooklyn Park neighborhood resulted in the seizure of nearly 250 pounds of marijuana and convictions of three people for possession of the illegal drug.
A Hennepin County jury found Tracee Chung, 33, guilty of aiding and abetting first-degree sale of marijuana. When she is sentenced Nov. 30, the County Attorney’s Office will be seeking a sentence of 86 months in prison.
“Drug dealing can be a nuisance to a neighborhood because of the traffic and undesirable people it can attract,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “That is exactly what was happening here and a sharp-eyed neighbor tipped off police. We are satisfied with the convictions and lengthy prison time.”
According to the criminal complaint, and testimony in Chung’s trial, a neighbor called police on June 19, 2014 to report a van with Washington state license plates that had arrived at the Chung home and since then other cars had arrived and departed after brief stays. Click here to read the full news release.