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If the Republican Party of Minnesota had any brains, they would be winning

“It ain’t got that thing, if it don’t have no swing.”

True that.

True that.

By Don Allen, Founder – Black Politics in Minneapolis 

Minneapolis, Minn. – Missing an important part of the human anatomy becomes critically important when it ‘s your brain. While using satire to make my point, it seems the leadership in the Minnesota GOP could allegedly be getting paid off by the Minnesota DFL to fumble, bumble and loose major elections simply because they are brainless.

Earlier today (Wednesday 8/6), an event was held called. “Where is the GOP Headed? A Conversation about Policy and Politics in the Republican Party.” This was a panel discussion with Amy Koch, former Majority Leader, Minnesota Senate, Walter Hudson, Contributor, PJ Media, Jack Rogers, Chair-North Metro Tea Party

and Steve Sviggum, former Speaker, Minnesota House. It was obvious at first site; no truth about Minnesota Republican’s would ever come out of this panel, nor would they deliver the “death-blow” of reality to attendees about the lack of strategic communications between Minnesota voters and the Republican Party of Minnesota.

When inquiring about why former MNGOP chairman candidate Don Allen (me), was not asked to be on the panel, KTLK liberal celebrity, Jamar Nelson told panelist Walter Hudson on his Facebook page, “Don [Allen] you’re to real for them, you know that’s why they didn’t invite you! Of course Walter Hudson could’ve ask for you to be apart of it…but they don’t want to hear the truth about their disintegrating party.” (Read Proposal to study rebranding the Minnesota GOP Congressional District 5”)

The promotion for this event, even more hilarious than the actual event stated, “The presidency of Barack Obama and Republican efforts to set the country’s direction in congressional and state elections have prompted debate among Republicans about the Party’s political strategies and policy positions moving forward. Should the Party change its message or “soften” its positions on immigration reform, health reform, and fiscal issues to broaden its appeal among voters?” Here we go again, the Republican Party of Minnesota aiming way above their pay grade pointing to President Obama.

The Republican Party of Minnesota has always aimed to be the top political party in Minnesota. Minnesota’s 5th congressional district is a geographically small urban and suburban congressional district in Minnesota. GOP candidates are not winning local races in congressional District 5. The state party office is struggling with an overwhelming debt. MNGOP supporters of local candidates must make a choice to support the state party or an individual candidate. Therefore we propose to study rebranding the Minnesota GOP Congressional District 5The state party also must decide if filing bankruptcy is in the best interest of the state party. The start-up of a new Minnesota Republican Party with united factions might be a prime opportunity to get media coverage and distribute real-time information about the MNGOP and Republican endorsed candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

Ebola Doctor’s condition downgraded to “idiotic”

“The United States is certainly not flying any black folks back in separate jets to the U.S. for care…they die. 

Ann Coulter is Legal Affairs Correspondent for HUMAN EVENTS and author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Slander, Treason, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Godless, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans, Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and their Assault on America, and Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.

Ann Coulter is Legal Affairs Correspondent for HUMAN EVENTS and author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, Slander, Treason, How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), Godless, If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and their Assault on America, and Demonic: How The Liberal Mob Is Endangering America.

By Ann Coulter  –  Guest Columnist, IBNN NEWS, originally posted at Human 

Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)

There’s little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?

Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first “risk factor” listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola — an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate — is: “Travel to Africa.”

Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?

No — because we’re doing just fine. America, the most powerful, influential nation on Earth, is merely in a pitched battle for its soul.

About 15,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year. More than 38,000 die of drug overdoses, half of them from prescription drugs. More than 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock. Despite the runaway success of “midnight basketball,” a healthy chunk of those children go on to murder other children, rape grandmothers, bury little girls alive — and then eat a sandwich. A power-mad president has thrown approximately 10 percent of all Americans off their health insurance — the rest of you to come! All our elite cultural institutions laugh at virginity and celebrate promiscuity.

So no, there’s nothing for a Christian to do here.

If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.

If he had provided health care for the uninsured editors, writers, videographers and pundits in Gotham and managed to open one set of eyes, he would have done more good than marinating himself in medieval diseases of the Third World.

Of course, if Brantly had evangelized in New York City or Los Angeles, the New York Times would get upset and accuse him of anti-Semitism, until he swore – as the pope did – that you don’t have to be a Christian to go to heaven. Evangelize in Liberia, and the Times‘ Nicholas Kristof will be totally impressed.

Which explains why American Christians go on “mission trips” to disease-ridden cesspools. They’re tired of fighting the culture war in the U.S., tired of being called homophobes, racists, sexists and bigots. So they slink off to Third World countries, away from American culture to do good works, forgetting that the first rule of life on a riverbank is that any good that one attempts downstream is quickly overtaken by what happens upstream.

America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.Not only that, but it’s our country. Your country is like your family. We’re supposed to take care of our own first. The same Bible that commands us to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” also says: ”

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”

Right there in Texas, near where Dr. Brantly left his wife and children to fly to Liberia and get Ebola, is one of the poorest counties in the nation, Zavala County — where he wouldn’t have risked making his wife a widow and his children fatherless.

But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn’t have been “heroic.” We wouldn’t hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly’s “unusual drive to help the less fortunate” or his membership in the “Gold Humanism Honor Society.” Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away — that’s the ticket.

Today’s Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ’s words: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”

There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.

Did radio station KMOJ-FM, and staff member violate FCC Law? Tune into The Ron and Don Show at 8:30

Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show to hear the full story on how a staff member at KMOJ-FM swindled $200.00 from a political candidate with promises of contacted local party leaders and running political ads on KMOJ, which is illegal. To listen to the program, click here.

By The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio

Minneapolis, Minn. – Jack Shepard (check out his website by clicking here) is running for Minnesota senate as an Independence candidate. He is running from Rome, Italy. This story is bigger than you know.  He (Shepard) is concerned about how members of the minority community are being marginalized and excluded from a fair playing field of economic stimulus. Shepard says, “Blacks in Minnesota’s Hennepin County are 9.1 times more likely to be convicted for marijuana possession than Whites. The long-term collateral costs escalate significantly. Such disparities strip black community wealth and exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color. “

Shepard wanted to send a message to the black community of the Twin Cities and called radio station KMOJ-FM. Shepard was promised ads, and time on one of KMOJ-FM’s talk show programs. He never got a call back.

This is where the story begins. KMOJ-FM general manager Kelvin Quarles did not return phone call to his office. KMOJ-FM is a public radio station. 

Below: A copy of the Western Union Money Transfer slip. (The KMOJ-FM staff person who received the money has been masked until an official complaint has been filed with the FCC.)

Someone who works at KMOJ-FM promised radio ads, contacts with the DFL and other political movers and shakers for candidate Jack Shepard. He got nothing. (photo: Western Union receipt).

Someone who works at KMOJ-FM promised radio ads, contacts with the DFL and other political movers and shakers for candidate Jack Shepard. He got nothing. (photo: Western Union receipt).


Charter Schools: Why Not? It might be better than Minneapolis’ public school system – just keep the Minneapolis Public Schools out of the charter school business

Many say Charter Schools are “FOR PROFIT ONLY.” You will be lucky to get a hand full of good teachers that would accept Charter Schools low salaries and qualifications. But if we do not find a solution sooner, is it okay to let children K-12 be dumbed-down further in the Minneapolis Public School System?

MPS needs to do the right thing.

MPS needs to do the right thing.

By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS

Minneapolis, Minn. – The Minneapolis Public Schools, District 1 is in bad shape. Leaders in non-traditional educational models have become outraged at the level of funding to unproven and dysfunctional “made-up” programs, which the administrators at the MPS has funding without any questions, concerns or reports. Black elected officials have signed off on fodder like the Northside Achievement Zone, who forgot that a t-shirt will never get pre-school aged poor minority youth on the college track and the Minnesota House of Representatives have enacted a bill attempting to establish a “13th” grade pilot project based in north Minneapolis.

The bill, H.F. 1149 is supposedly part of an education and employability solution for young adults who are unemployed, underemployed and not enrolled in postsecondary education. Co-authored by Senators Jeff Hayden (D-SD 62), Bobby Joe Champion (D-SD 59), Representatives Ray Dehn (D-HD 59B) and Will Morgan (D-SD 56B), the bill is said to potentially impact over 3,000 young adults ages 18-26, placing them on college and career pathways by 2015. It states the commissioner of education shall develop a one-year “13th” grade pilot project, with one site being operated by the Minneapolis Urban League. Unfortunately, the Minneapolis Urban Leagues education “system” has been put on watch for lack of successful results. So why is it these folks get money for nothing to pass around for no results?

Why a charter school might benefit poor minority youths can be explained in understanding what a charter school really is, versus the political heated Tomfoolery about the social media websites.

A charter school is a school that receives public funding but operates independently. Saint Paul, Minnesota wrote the first charter school law in the United States in 1992. As of 2011, Minnesota had 149 registered charter schools, with over 35,000 students attending. The first of these was Bluffview Montessori School, opened in 1992. Other schools include the City Academy (1992), Cedar Riverside Community School, The Toivola Meadowlands K-12 Charter School T-M Charter School (1993–2005), Metro Deaf School (1993), Community of Peace Academy (1995), the Aspen Academy (2007), and the Mainstreet School of Performing Arts (2004).

Unlike their counterparts, laws governing charter schools vary greatly from state to state. This can best be seen in the three states with the highest number of students enrolled in charter schools: California, Arizona, and Michigan. These differences largely relate to what types of public agencies are permitted to authorize the creation of charter schools, whether or not and through what processes private schools can convert to charter schools, and whether or not charter school teachers need to be certified and what that certification consists of.

Looking at Charter Schools from an educational point-of-view, it seems letting schools have the independence of working within it’s own system might result in successful measurable outcomes for all K-12 children.

In a story from the Education Opportunity Network which states Charter Schools might be the answer, EON reports, “In even the most casual treatments of education, charter schools are now regarded by many as a given ‘improvement.’ New York Times columnists David Leonhardt illustrated this intellectual nonchalance the other day, writing for the paper’s magazine, that our nation’s ‘once-large international lead in educational attainment has vanished,’ but ‘there are some reasons for optimism in education’ – principally, ‘charter schools’ that offer some lessons about what works and doesn’t in K-12.”

Senator Mary Landrieu (D, LA) recently harangued U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during a Senate committee meeting for not giving enough federal financial support to charter schools. According to the report from Education Week, she “chided Duncan for proposing level funding for the federal charter program.” Said Landrieu, “We gave you billions of dollars for traditional public schools. You’ve given a very small amount of money for public high performing charters. The evidence is in, they work.”

Let’s direct funding to people who actually work everyday inside the community with the at-risk children who need the focus of education.


Minneapolis Public Schools: Funding bullies and bullshit backfires

The Minneapolis Public Schools still owes IMSMC $3800.00 for work they a completed a few years back. Community members and the Star Tribune criticized the little $15,000.00 contract. So here is my concern; IMSMC gets a contract for $15,000.00 – and the same folks who have been pimping education in the community and other members of the black community call the Minneapolis Public Schools in outrage. CSI is awarded $375,000.00 through its fiscal agent and community members did not say a word, nor CSI deliver one successful measureable outcome.

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Hey you! Don't have an education? Need $375,00? We can deliver it to you without letting anyone know. We are the Minneapolis Public School fools.

Hey you! Don’t have an education? Need $375,000.00? We can deliver it to you without letting anyone know. We are the Minneapolis Public School fools.

Minneapolis, Minn. – The system has less than twenty-five days to charge CSI founder Al Flowers with a crime. Sources tell IBNN NEWS there might be added charges far different than assaulting a police officer and the obstruction of justice. An anonymous source close to the investigation tells IBNN that “items of interest” were found in the home of Flowers. We will not speculate on the nature of these items, but this validates the actions of Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges who are, “Looking for a leader outside of law enforcement to investigate the arrest of community activist Al Flowers, who says he was beaten by city police,” this according to WCCO. Again, IBNN must stress, “Looking for a leader” is very difficult when one has never led.

In a related story done by nonprofit news agency MinnPost, supported by a grant from the Bush Foundation (the irony) titled, “School board’s approval of $375,000 contract for Al Flowers-related group drawing questions,” has left community members in outrage over the directed funds to a faith-based organization that has not delivered one report (according to the Minneapolis Public Schools), about who they serve. Secondly, the fiscal agent, which is New Bethel Baptist Church, or New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, has no press releases, public announcements, or press conferences about the flow of money for payroll that started flowing to this same group since 2008.

The MinnPost story says, “Curiously, there was no discussion of a $375,000 amendment to a contract issued to a group called the Community Standards Initiative (CSI), which aims to generate positive interactions and engagement between Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and its communities of color. Instead, that item was approved at the board’s previous meeting, with no public discussion. It was included in the consent agenda, which is supposed to contain items of routine, ongoing business that do not involve major budget or policy decisions.”

The Minneapolis Public Schools has denied organizations funding who have programs ongoing in Minneapolis parks during the summer that are real and beneficial to the community.

In a request for information sent to IBNN NEWS, the Minneapolis Public Schools returned the following information
in response to my request for amounts paid to New Bethel Baptist Church, or New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church as fiscal agent for CSI.

Minneapolis Public Schools made the following payments to CSI’s fiscal agent beginning 1/1/2011 to the date of my request, 5/12/2014:

  • 12/2/2011 $10,500.00
  • 1/12/2012 $4,500.00;
  • 6/21/2013 $11,000.00;
  • 2/27/2014 $30,000.00

What did the community, more importantly public school children in Minneapolis “get back” from the Minneapolis Public Schools “put out”?

If the MPS districts data request department were being honest, the information given to MinnPost would match the information given to IBNN.

The district explained by citing, “Mr. Allen, Your request was for amounts of cash or grants paid to fiscal agent New Bethel for the Community Initiative Program (CSI)(sic) program from 2011 – Y-T-D” on May 12, 2014. The payment information given to you on 7/23/2014 was accurate as to payments made between January 1, 2011 to the date of your request (May 12, 2014).   The amounts paid were all payments paid to New Bethel Baptist Church and New Bethel Missionary Church for the period of your request.

Now we must find out who is running New Bethel Baptist Church or New Bethel Missionary Church and do some “drop-ins” to see if there really is a program.

The question still remains – what is the CSI program doing? Is there a report? Which MPS board members assisted in pushing this agenda item without public comment? Who really is dug into the Minneapolis Public Schools to the point they’d risk political suicide by throwing money at an operation that has not made any difference for students of color in the MPS? Is Senator Jeff Hayden’s SF 1214 – which was introduced to the 88th Legislature during the 2013 – 2014 session nothing more than a payment plan to keep support going for a political agenda?


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:

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.

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