Minnesota

St. Paul's 2008 "Officer of the Year" Loses Battle With Cancer

Officer Mary Alberg;  Photo: via twincities.com

Officer Mary Alberg; Photo: via twincities.com

A St. Paul, MN police officer who spent the bulk of her career patrolling the city's east side has died from cancer at the age of 50.

Officer Mary Alberg had also been named the department's "Officer of the Year" back in 2008 for saving another officer's life.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said, "Officer Mary Alberg served St. Paul with compassion, dignity and respect." 

He added that she had, "a passion for serving those in our community who didn’t have the opportunities many of us take for granted every day.”

Officer Alberg, known for her work with the community, leaves behind a teenaged son.

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Four Minnesota Officers Hospitalized After Exposure to Chemicals

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Photo: via fox9.com

Four Minnesota police officers were hospitalized on Tuesday after being exposed to chemicals following a police chase.

Officers had attempted to stop a van on Tuesday morning but a chase ensued. A PIT manuever was used to disable the vehicle; however, when officers took the occupants into custody they were exposed to a chemical odor emanating from the vehicle.

The officers, from the Blaine, MN police department, were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Five others were also treated for chemical exposure.

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Man Stabs Mother to Death, Shoots at Police in Wild 50 Mile Chase

Logan Reese;  Photo: St. Croix County Jail

Logan Reese; Photo: St. Croix County Jail

A man suspected of stabbing his mother to death in Hudson, WI also shot at police during a long 50-mile chase late Saturday night.

Police allege that Logan Reese, 28, stabbed his mother to death following a domestic incident. When police attempted to locate Reese at his home they discovered his house was ablaze.

Police finally caught up with Reese and he initiated a vehicle chase that lasted 50 miles and into Minnesota. During the chase, Reese allegedly fired multiple rounds at pursuing officers.

After Reese crashed his vehicle in Taylor Falls, MN, more gunfire was exchanged before Reese apparently took his own life.

No officers were reported injured in the incident. 

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Off Duty Police Officer Shoots, Kills Suspected Terrorist in Minnesota Mall Attack

An off-duty police officer shot and killed an apparent terrorist who had stabbed 8 people at a St. Cloud, MN shopping mall.

The man was reported to have made references to Allah while he engaged in the violent attack.

No innocent people were killed in the event.

An Islamic State news agency reportedly referred to the attacker as a "soldier of the Islamic State."

No information on the identity of the off-duty officer has been released.

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21 Officers Injured in Violent St. Paul Protests

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Photo: via startribune.com

Thousands of protesters took to the streets throughout the nation this week to protest recent police shootings. Unfortunately, the situation in St. Paul, MN turned particularly violent last night.

Dozens of protesters blocked I-94 on Sunday night, shutting down the freeway in an act of protest.

When officers attempted to clear the roadway they were met with a violent reaction that included the throwing of rebar, concrete blocks, rocks, glass, and even fireworks.

21 officers were injured in the assault.

St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said of the incident, "This is the first time in my 28 years we have observed this level of violence toward our public servants. It's really a disgrace."

Multiple arrests were made and the roadway was eventually opened up.

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Feds to Bring No Civil Rights Charges in Jamar Clark Case

Jamar Clark;  Photo: Kenya McKnight

Jamar Clark; Photo: Kenya McKnight

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota said on Wednesday that the two police officers involved in the deadly shooting of Jamar Clark last year would not face federal civil rights charges.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said, "It is not enough to show the officers made a mistake, that they acted negligently, by accident or even that they exercised bad judgment to prove a crime. We would have had to show that they specifically intended to commit a crime."

Clark, an unarmed African-American man, was shot by two police officers following a struggle surrounding an investigation into an assault case.

Although the Clark shooting generated controversy throughout the nation, a thorough investigation including DNA evidence supported the contention that Clark was not handcuffed at the time of his death, despite conflicting witness accounts.

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MN Lawmaker Wants Protesters to Pay for Participating in Unlawful Assemblies

Photo: Stephen Mature/Getty/nydailynews.com

Photo: Stephen Mature/Getty/nydailynews.com

Minnesota state representative Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) wants those convicted of engaging in an unlawful assembly to be responsible for paying the police costs associated to their protests.

Zerwas cited the mass protests and disruptions at the Mall of America as a predicate for the introduction of his bill.

"There's a line between saying 'I'm advocating for this' to saying 'I'm shutting down this freeway,'" said Zerwas in an interview with a local television station.

Zerwas noted that protests in the wake of the controversial Jamar Clark shooting required 24 police agencies to respond, the cost of which fell on taxpayer shoulders. Zerwas believes that his bill will save taxpayer money.

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Veteran Officer Shot and Killed While Guarding Prisoner at Local Hospital

Inspector Steven Sandberg

Inspector Steven Sandberg

A 24-year veteran officer with the Aitken County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed while guarding a prisoner at a local hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

Inspector Steven Sandberg, 60, was guarding Danny Leroy Hammond, 50, a suspect in a domestic violence incident who was being treated for an unidentified ailment, when Hammond assaulted Sandberg and wrestled the his gun away from him. Hammond then shot and killed Inspector Sandberg.

Another deputy managed to subdue Hammond and take him into custody; however, Hammond subsequently died. An autopsy is pending.

Inspector Sandberg was the 100th officer killed in the line of duty this year.

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