Minneapolis/St. Paul News Update

The family of Jamar Clark is agreeing to a tentative settlement with Minneapolis.  Clark was shot to death by police in 2015. Since then the family has been calling for accountability from the city.  The lawyer representing Clark’s father says a 200-thousand dollar settlement has been and is now up to the city council to approve. 

Neighbors on St. Paul’s Hatch Avenue are complaining about the condition of a vacant house owned by Mayor Melvin Carter.  A complaint has prompted city inspectors to put the home on a list of vacant properties.  The move will cost the mayor 21-hundred dollars each year for as long as the house is empty and in disrepair. 

Minneapolis leaders are pushing for limits on tenant screening.  Council members proposed an ordinance limiting the ability of landlords to reject applicants based on criminal and eviction records, credit scores, income, and other factors.  The current criteria prevent many low-income residents or those with convictions from finding safe and affordable housing. 

Minneapolis now has special protections for local workers against wage theft.  The City Council passed the legislation, applauded by union leaders and activists.  Groups representing employers and businesses are concerned about adding local regulations to a new state law. 

Minneapolis police are investigating after a 13-year old girl was shot in the Webber-Camden neighborhood.  Witnesses say intruders entered the home, demanded money, and shot the girl.  Several family members were home but didn’t witness the shooting.  No arrests have been announced. 

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