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Part I: The beating of Alfred Flowers is not about the Man

Critical thinking opens up meaning that tells us Minneapolis Police are frustrated about the sociopolitical infrastructure created in Minneapolis.

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network.

A cool-cat with a Top Hat knows more than you can imagine. (photo: the wrong stuff-fair use)

A cool-cat with a Top Hat knows more than you can imagine. (photo: the wrong stuff-fair use)

Minneapolis, Minn. – I am a black man; I love my people; I am man from the right. I’m a Republican. Although today, in Minnesota I wouldn’t tell anyone to vote for a local GOP endorsed candidate until we’ve sat down to have a conversation about politics, people, racism and economic opportunities. It is important to see how the whole world works in concert with everything else, or in this case, everybody else. If dysfunction is the cause, than the effect is exclusion and lack of collaborations. That is where the Republican Party of Minnesota and America stands in 2014; this is where the city of Minneapolis stand now. Lets move on…

The beating of Alfred Flowers suggests several meanings. Before we can articulate these meanings, as a writer I must uncover my position on law enforcement and what I think “protect and serve” really means.

I believe a police officer has the inherent right to work his or her forty-hour week and always plan on going home to their family’s friends and loved ones. The danger police put themselves in each and everyday is not a job for someone who is weak of mind, body or heart. With that said, we, as readers, listeners and critical thinkers must look deeper into the meaning of why police officers in Minneapolis and across the country choose the non-normative black body (poor, homeless, unemployed, and activist) to marginalize, “with violent force,” in some cases, at least a few, beating or killing an innocent person. Remember, in the United States, all people are innocent until proven guilty…so they say.

This is going to shock you…it is not their fault. It begins in the shaping of a society and it’s white-male dominated patriarchal identity crisis fearing a browner society as a whole, which has lead the nation (U.S.) in a direction that does not benefit a man or women being black and having an encounter with any law enforcement.

This is not okay.

Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak set the current mold for this mockery of the black body in Minneapolis while then city council member Betsy Hodges played along with the game. When the city of Minneapolis Disparity Report was issued in October of 2010, there was no mention of “equity” by councilperson Hodges; there wasn’t even a peep about corrective action demanded by a report the city paid in excess of $500k for. But yet, all of a sudden, mayor Hodges and her glorious band of “band-aides” think the new buzzword for residents of Minneapolis is “equity.” She’s wrong, her handlers are wrong and the city of Minneapolis is their total arrogance is totally wrong to assume a word will fix the generational failures within the city to the point of having “bragging” rights as if Minneapolis is some safe haven filled with working people, fair collaborations and a city government that serves its people. The city and the mayor of “mayhem” (Minneapolis) have missed the mark in attempting to solve problems with overworking tired out strategies such as assisting the poor black people in north Minneapolis get jobs and an education. The Minneapolis Police Department sees it differently. Minneapolis has created a town that gives law enforcement the license to put everyone in a barrel, let’s call it a black barrel for black folks and stereotype every black person as if Minneapolis is an recurring episode of America’s Most Wanted (Bad Boys, Bad Boys, what you going to do when they come for you?).

So today, we have two Minneapolis police officers that lose their jobs permanently for calling the lesbian chief a dyke. Even though they officers did it, they also insulted a black person during the mayhem last year. But, again, they were incorrectly disciplined for using the word “dyke” to describe their boss. This alone creates tension among the ranks of police officers. This separates whites from blacks, straight from gay and male from female. Any organizational design expert would tell you, this mixture is a lethal injection for chaos in the highest order.

Another contributing factor is the number of police officers needed in a city like Minneapolis. The city is down at least 300 law enforcement professionals. This means overtime, an not the kind of overtime that a person would get working at a burger joint or car wash; this to is lethal. Sitting back and looking carefully at the situation, a novice can see the city of Minneapolis is four-times removed from the community it should serve. There is the reappointment of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights director Velma Korbel that should have never happened; the virtual ignoring of contract compliance from the MDCR; the lack to find probable cause in many cases that have been shredded and presented as being caught up with back logs; and the ever lingering rumors about affairs that went on in city hall with now current city leaders.

This is part one in a series about the city of Minneapolis. Part II: “The History of Beatings.”

 

 

Minneapolis Police Chief must resign ASAP – Out of touch with the community (photo blog)

She must go away…

Really. She said this at a press conference. (photo WCCO-TV, edited by IBNN NEWS to make it relevant.)

Really. She said this at a press conference. (photo WCCO-TV, edited by IBNN NEWS to make it relevant.)

Community Activist admits to being beaten by Minneapolis Police while in handcuffs (IBNN Exclusive)

The Hoodlum Manifesto of the beating of Alfred Flowers by Minneapolis Police: Why the City of Minneapolis chief and mayor cannot dismiss this incident as black fodder. 

“They beat me while I was handcuffed. I did not think I was going to make it.” Activist Al Flowers to Mr. Ronald A. Edwards. 

By Don Allen, Founder - IBNN NEWS 

Community Al Flowers admitted to Mr. Ronald A. Edwards he feared for his life while being beat wearing handcuffs. (photo: WCCO-TV News fair use)

Community Al Flowers admitted to Mr. Ronald A. Edwards he feared for his life while being beat wearing handcuffs. (photo: WCCO-TV News fair use)

Tune this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. as the team of Ronald A. Edwards and Don Allen gives the community some insight on what happened to Al Flower and why the black community and its leadership must stop acting like trained monkey’s to a political plantation that will let law enforcement beat the crap out of black men and women. To listen to the show on Wednesday night, click here or copy and paste this link into your favorite browser: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theronanddonshow/2014/07/31/the-beating-of-alfred-flowers-by-minneapolis-police

Editors note: Al Flowers was released from Hennepin County jail around 2:50 p.m. on Sunday.

The Minneapolis Police Chief wants the “community to be calm.” The political plantation has trained the black community to have “meetings” and talk amongst each other rather than taking 1000 men and women down to city hall and demanding a change. But hell, under the DFL leadership control and suppression are key to control.

The Independent Business News Network broke the story on Saturday, July 26, 2014 about the violent assault that took place at the home of community activist Alfred Flowers. As of this posting, IBNN has learned that Mr. Flowers, founder of Community Standards Initiatives (CSI), radio and television talk show host and co-chair of a north Minneapolis group set to take back the neighborhood against the ongoing and rising violence and black-on-black crime has staples in his head; his face has been destroyed with stiches, bruises and cuts and has not been released from Hennepin County jail where he sat, in pain, not only physical, but the mental torment that he finally understands the “leaders” how they say they “got juice” are simply the ones being squeezed.

Before I go deeper into this manifesto, I have to stop and thank Minnesota Senator Jeff Hayden (D) and Senator Brandon Peterson (R) and Senator Bobby Joe Champion (D) and Dr. Peter Hayden for making the necessary calls to assist in getting Mr. Flowers released. Anyone else who lays claim to Mr. Flowers release is lying.

WCCO aired a broadcast of a press conference where Minneapolis’ police chief eluded to members of the community sensationalizing what happened to Mr. Flowers. IBNN NEWS is here to remind the Minneapolis police chief of a little thing called facts. The facts remain; community activist Alfred Flowers was in his home; Minneapolis Police beat him. Mr. Flowers was at HCMC with multiple lacerations, bruises and required stiches and staples in his head. The fact remains the police chief does not have a handle on policing her police force and at this point IBNN NEWS and its affiliates are calling for the immediate resignation of the Minneapolis Police chief and her liaison to the black community. A general consensus of no confidence has been assigned to this matter.

One thing that must be said is will the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights and it’s director Velma Korbel self-initiate an investigation behind the police beating of Al Flowers or will the county attorney’s office send this investigation to Saint Paul because of the level feverish pitch and implications of what has took place under the watch of the new mayor and police chief?

Tune in Friday for a big surprise…

Activist Alfred Flowers beaten unconscious by Minneapolis Police (Updated 6:00 p.m.)

Update: It has been confirmed that Al Flowers has staples in his head and stitches in his face and could possible be suffering from a serious concussion. 

Also read:  “How does a 17-year old black youth get a handgun in North Minneapolis?

On more than one occasion, Minneapolis Police have been requested to show a warrant when knocking on the door of local homes. Some homeowners who have asked to see the warrants allegedly have been beaten. Mr. Flowers has become another victim of the gang we call the Minneapolis Police Department. I’m not a real fan of Mr. Flowers, but I’m also not a fan of having my constitutional rights or civil rights violently violated because I am a black man.

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Radio talk show host, community activist, education supporter and not victim of the Minneapolis Police, Al Flowers.

Radio talk show host, community activist, education supporter and now victim of the Minneapolis Police, Al Flowers.

Minneapolis, Minn. – Last night (7/26) sometime after 2 a.m. Minneapolis Police entered the home of community activist and  founder of Community Standards Initiatives (CSI) Alfred Flowers to serve a warrant to arrest another family member who lived at the home. Sources tell IBNN that Mr. Flowers asked to see the warrant, which started a barrage of beatings by up to eight of Minneapolis’ finest.

According to Hennepin County Jail records, Mr. Flowers was arrested for assault and obstructing the legal process. He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail at 4:36 a.m. beaten and bloody, but the jail refused Mr. Flowers because of his injuries. Flowers received stiches and broken bones, which is unconfirmed at this writing. One of Mr. Flowers’ neighbors who contacted IBNN said that one of the black officers on the scene told Mr. Flowers to “Get his black ass in the squad car.”

Mr. Flowers was beaten about the face to almost an unrecognizable state. Sources tell IBNN that Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion is assumed to be Mr. Flowers legal representative.

“Flowers attorney was appalled by his injuries,” said one source.

Sources tell IBNN NEWS that one of the officers who beat him bloody served along side Mr. Flowers on the Police Community Relations Council (PCRC) that existed from 2004 to 2008, assigned by the U. S. Department of Justice to monitor the Minneapolis Police Department.

This comes at time when the black community is organizing and bringing together community spokespersons to address the large amount violence in the black community. Al Flowers is the co-chairman of the group seeking to reset the moral compass in the black community. Could this be retaliation from white Minneapolis Police? One thing that must be said aloud, if Minneapolis Police don’t respect the white females who lead them, how can they protect and serve the community?

Another challenge is the fringe black leadership. The NAACP, Minneapolis Urban League, the Minneapolis mayor’s liaison Sherman Patterson and others have not stepped up the plate; not one of the here mentioned can pick up the phone and have Mr. Flowers released, its not like the old days when black community leaders had skin in the game.

 

How does a 17-year old black youth get a handgun in North Minneapolis?

As long as we misidentify the danger, we will never be rid of it.

Something is terribly wrong in north Minneapolis. (photo: child growing up too fast.)

Something is terribly wrong in north Minneapolis. (photo: child growing up too fast.)

 By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Minneapolis, Minn. – A 41-year old father protecting his 17-year old son was gunned down in a fury of violence on the night of July 24 in north Minneapolis. This is the scenario that has repeated itself time-and-time again. But this time, I will neither blame former mayor R.T. Rybak, nor current mayor Betsy Hodges for their benign neglect and the oversight of jobs and opportunities for poor youth in Minneapolis. I understand, keeping an area like north Minneapolis is a state of continued poverty, homelessness and hopeless situations is a multi-billion dollar politically driven business that keeps the doors of mass-funding wide open.

The question remains: How does anyone, not permitted to carry a weapon, especially a black teenager acquire 9-mm, .45 or shotgun? North Minneapolis’ off balanced staff of servitors (community leaders) have excluded this question from their menus of ill repute and shakedowns ignoring the only issue that will stop the senseless killing of babies, teenagers and fathers.

Before I go into how guns get in the hands of black youths in the Twin Cities, more specifically, Minneapolis – I need to advise the tree-hugging, dripping wet liberal agenda of wanting more laws against guns; or gun control – we need “people control.” The fact remains guns cannot go to jail; they cannot pay restitution; guns most certainly can only be used when a human element is involved. This means we need to focus in on some critical responses for the users pre-crime and after-crime that will scare the living Jesus out of any youth in Minneapolis who think’s it okay to settle an argument with a bullet.

One of the focuses must be an all-out law enforcement concentration on corner stores and businesses that operate in poor black neighborhoods. Various immigrants businesses that we allege do everything from buying food stamps for cash to street purchases of stolen items have overrun this sector. Have you ever wondered by some black males (youth) hang out in front of cell phone stores on West Broadway Avenue? Besides the ever popular crack cocaine sales that is making a upswing in the Twin Cities, suburban addicts who run out of cash have been known to trade electronics, cars, credit cards and guns to chase that first high that will never come back.

Secondly, we need to take people who are gang affiliated out of the mix of being community leaders to address youth violence. Organizational connections run deep; there is really never a disconnect and benefactors of “protection” for certain people can move freely in the city, mostly undetected and dismissed by law enforcement. Some of the other solutions come in the form of Minneapolis based laws that will not only stop black-on-black crime, but give city official need time to put economic opportunity programs (jobs) in place for poor minority youth.

The “One-Time-Military Law” is a law that would state, “If a youth 16 to 21 years of age is arrested and charged with having an unregistered weapon, and it is the first offense and there was no bodily harm to another person(s), said youth must enlist in the military for a minimum of four (4) years. The consequence would be to serve an automatic prison time of five (5) years if military service is rejected.” This law alone would stop black youth and anyone else 16 to 21 who would have the audacity to settle an argument with a bullet.

The third solution would be to have local police, retired and currently active along with active duty and veterans visit classrooms within the Minneapolis Public School System. Focus must be on grade three and four only. There is data that tells us prisons forecast occupancy based and determined on the educational outcomes in those grades. An introduction to law enforcement as a partner versus an antagonist would give prime opportunities generate positive collaborations resetting moral compasses for children within the elementary education system.

To be complicit in these killings by black youth would mean that city officials and educational systems reject sound advice. At some point, there has to be an economic component where youth have the opportunity to have a job. There are too many creative ideas in the public sphere to stop the senseless killing. Minneapolis has already seen the bloodiest of deadly summers. How many more fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and babies have to die before someone puts out a hand up?

In closing, if this was going on in a white suburb in Minnesota and jobs were the solution, it would have happened faster than it took you to read this story.

Shock Video: Black Conservatives Met With Hostility, Harassed At Annual NAACP Convention

By Jim Hoft (Progressives Today)

The NAACP is holding their 105th annual gathering   in Las Vegas, Nevada this week. This year’s theme? “All in for justice and equality.” And what better venue could there be for fighting against injustice and inequality then a multimillion dollar Las Vegas resort, the lavish Mandalay Bay.

 After years of rejection, black conservatives were allowed a single booth at the convention this year, but they’re still locked out of speaking at the convention.

As minimal and restricted as their presence is at the NAACP event, black conservatives are still met with open hostility by NAACP faithful because they fail to toe the Progressive line. Yesterday, conservatives Deneen Borelli, director of outreach at FreedomWorks, CL Bryant, a fellow at FreedomWorks, were harassed in the convention hall just because they are conservatives.

This was an awful display of intolerance by a group that claims to fight for inclusion and tolerance in society.

Is radio station KMOJ-FM promoting DFL politics on the air?

The simple answer is yes. In a meeting over the weekend with the “Minnesota Institute of Research and Disparities of Black Minnesotans” it was very difficult for the group to pinpoint the CCD/KMOJ-FM board of directors. But now, after several months of covert operations, we come to find out, KMOJ-FM does not really have an external group of board members running the radio station.

By Don Allen, Founder IBNN NEWS

Local black radio station, owned by the people, not the general manager seems to be stuck promoting a DFL platform, violent rap music and news that is not relevant. (photo: CCD/KMOJ-FM in the public domain, fair use.)

Local black radio station, owned by the people, not the general manager seems to be stuck promoting a DFL platform, violent rap music and news that is not relevant. (photo: CCD/KMOJ-FM in the public domain, fair use.)

Minneapolis, Minn. – For the better part of six months I have listened to a show hosted by the Community Standard Initiative founder Alfred Flowers. For six months I have listened to community members and politicians from the DFL side of the isle on KMOJ. There is never any real voter education; there is never an message of Conservative, Green, Independent party politics.. The show broadcast on Sunday, July 20, took the cake for promoting one political agenda over another on a public radio station.

Obviously, news programs and news interview programs, like “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation,” are bona fide news interview programs. The FCC administers political programming rules for radio, television, cable television and direct broadcast satellite. These rules address whether equal opportunities for political opponents are warranted, candidate access issues, what candidates can be charged for political advertising, and sponsorship identification. The FCC also operates a database that allows the public to determine whether a communication sent via a broadcast station; cable system and/or satellite system can reach 50,000 or more people in a particular congressional district or state.

Unfortunately, we cannot locate the KMOJ-FM podcast from any of the programs in the last six-months. These “missing podcasts” have been a source of concern for those monitoring KMOJ-FM for their compliance with nonprofit, public radio rules and regulations as determined by the governing body of the FCC. There is one private person in Minnesota that has been recording KMOJ-FM programs for over a year. As we move closer to filing our complaint with the FCC regarding KMOJ-FM, we will still give the station management a chance to “come clean” on informing the community on their ongoing means.

It is time to take a closer look at KMOJ-FM and ask some very serious questions on rather or not the station is the people’s station or being used a left-leaning information distributing hub. If community members do not get information on current events and serious disparities, KMOJ-FM has failed its listeners and the original incorporation as the Center for Communications and Development.

 

How hate groups grew once Obama was elected President

 

President Obama (photo: Fair Use)

President Obama (photo: Fair Use)

By April V. Taylor from Kulture Kritic

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz recently reviewed profiles on Stormfront.org, the most popular hate site in America, and organized data about the sites users.  The site was started by former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black, and Quantcast reports that between 200,000 and 400,000 Americans visit the site on a monthly basis.  The Southern Poverty Law Center was able to link almost 100 murders committed in the last five years to members of the website.

One of the shocking findings recently reported in the New York Times is that most of the sites users are young, with the most common age of users when they join the site being 19-years-old.  The users on the site are generally much younger than other social network users with 19-year-olds being four times more likely to join than 40-year-olds.  Stephens-Davidowitz was also able to estimate that around 30 percent of users are female with Montana, Alaska, and Idaho having the highest members per capita.

As Stephens-Davidowitz reviews what the data reveals about why people join hate groups, he found that the percentage of the site’s target audience that joins the site is higher in geographic regions that have more minorities.  For example, in California, which has one of the largest minority populations, the membership rate for the site is 25 percent higher than the national average.

Another thing Stephens-Davidowitz uncovered is that the day after Barack Obama was elected, the site experienced the biggest single increase in membership in the sites history.  He also found that economic conditions did not correlate to higher or lower numbers of users and that users of the site tend to be more educated than the average American.

Stephens-Davidowitz was hoping that reviewing an unprecedented amount data would give him some insight into why people join hate groups and/or sites, but his answer to the questions of, “Why do some people feel this way? And what is to be done about it?,” he simple answers,, “I have no idea.”

 

Hennepin County Commissioners need to represent (and look) like the communities they serve

Hennepin County Commissioner Randy "No Call Back" Johnson.

Hennepin County Commissioner Randy “No Call Back” Johnson.

The Minnesota Institute of Research and Disparities of Black Minnesotans (MIRDBM), a think tank of African American academics has launched a campaign asking the public to call down to Commissioner Randy Johnson’s office to inquire on why neither he, nor his office has connected with New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems. Email Commissioner Johnson at randy.johnson@hennepin.us, or call his office: 612-348-7885. Facebook Event

By Don Allen for OurBlackNews.com

Hennepin County, Minn.…We (the black community) have a serious challenge with members of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners. First of all, Hennepin County has approximately 1.2 million residents, which represents 22 percent of Minnesota and Approximately 41 percent of the metro area. Why hasn’t the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners ever reflected or represented the many unique cultures of Hennepin County’s population? Hennepin County residents must decide to make the board of commissioner representative of the various diverse communities of Hennepin County – the current slice of white bread is not getting the job done.

Founder of New Perspectives Mr. John Woods said, “This is a shame. I run a business that helps people put their life’s back together. Hennepin County has hurt my business because they will not do their job when it comes to approvals for clients to use my programming. I think they are trying to put me out of business.” Woods is upset because over a month ago, he and his staff mailed a letter to Hennepin County commissioner Randy Johnson. Commissioner Johnson is Woods representative in district 5. Woods thought Johnson would understand that a business in his district needed assistance within the authority of the Hennepin County commissioners – but in this case, Johnson has not called, emailed or stopped by in person…of course its not an election year for him.

Recently, a for profit business in Richfield, Minn. – New Perspectives Behavioral Health Systems submitted a petition with over 1000 names requesting that Hennepin County commissioners investigate, correct and remedy the skewed process of how 1800 Chicago is allegedly approving and referring African Americans to Park Avenue for chemical dependency treatment at a rate of 300 to 4.

A little about Commissioner Randy Johnson: he serves the residents of Hennepin County’s 5th District, which covers the southernmost part of the county. This includes Bloomington, southern Eden Prairie, Richfield, and a small portion of Chanhassen. Bloomington and Eden Prairie share a border with the scenic Minnesota River, and Richfield is adjacent to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and historic Fort Snelling. First elected in November 1978, Commissioner Johnson took office in January 1979. He is the longest-serving commissioner since the county’s founding in 1852.

Commissioner Johnson’s obvious dismissal of Woods correspondence is not only disrespectful but also shows the immediate need to remove and replace the commissioners so people that represent Hennepin County also look like who they represent.

 160 years without change is insanity.

 

Target Employee Loses Job After Snitching On Police Officer For Shoplifting

Originally Reported  July 13, 2014 - by Kacie Whaley of Black Like Moi - posted by IBNN

It's black Friday - but not that kind of black Friday. (photo: The Guardian - Fair Use).

It’s black Friday – but not that kind of black Friday. (photo: The Guardian – Fair Use).

A Virginia man who was fired from Target on May 29th for catching a law enforcement official shoplifting is seeking legal action, as reposted by Washington Post.

Twenty-nine-year-old Dallas Northington had been working in loss prevention for eight years at a Target in Leesburg, Virginia.  On May 16th, Northington said his supervisor told him that he saw a man put a tube of toothpaste into his bag after paying for other items.  Northington claimed the supervisor told him he did not want to confront the man and that he thought he may be “some sort of law enforcement.”

According to Northington, the store manager was notified of the incident and said that he knew the man in the shoplifting video.  He said he and the man had participated in an NCAA March Madness pool together.  But the staff decided to wait until the man returned to take action, as they often did.

The man returned on May 27th and stole more items.  Northington said a video shows the man with a cart full of items, but he only pays for half of his things, and leaves the rest in the cart and out of the cashier’s sight.  After checking out, the man allegedly stuffs the unpaid items in the bags with the paid items and exits the store.

Northington was notified about the incident through his supervisor, who again, said he did not feel comfortable confronting the man, according to Northington.  So Northington went to the Leesburg police station to file a report.  It is unclear how, but Northington’s supervisor knew the full name of the man suspected of shoplifting, so Northington was able to provide police with the man’s name.  A sergeant from the department went to the Target and viewed the tape.  Northington said he heard the sergeant say “I know who that is” and that the situation was “pretty serious” because the man was a law enforcement official.

Northington said that three days later, he was called into the store’s personnel office and told that he would be suspended for two days.  The next week, he was terminated.  The store said they fired Northington for violating procedures that included seeking approval and filling out paperwork before contacting police and showing them footage of the incident.

“In my eight years, I’ve never had to call anyone to give out the video or call police,” said Northington.  “I have never seen any policy about contacting law enforcement.”

A few days after the last shoplifting incident was caught on tape, a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, who is believed to be the man in the footage, retired from his position.

Fired from Target Stores for doing his job. (photo: Black Like Moi-Fair Use)

Fired from Target Stores for doing his job. (photo: Black Like Moi-Fair Use)

Northington said that as a married man with two children and one on the way, he wants answers as to why he is now unemployed.  “I’m confused and don’t understand why,” he said.  “I’ve been there for eight years, no issues.  I’m just trying to provide for my family, and I just really want to get back to work.”

Molly Snyder, a Target spokesperson, released a statement about the Northington case, saying “we have conducted a full investigation and don’t believe there is any merit to this individual’s claims.”

Northington’s attorney, Declan Leonard, said that his client “intends to fight Target on this for as long as it takes.”

Although Northington said that the video clearly captured the shoplifter’s face, Leesburg police said they are still trying to confirm the man’s identity, so no one has yet been charged in the crime.

 

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