View Full Version : Anyone have info on R-248

08-30-2008, 01:02 PM
It was supposed to be a feel-good moment. Armed with a giant, $40,000 check made out to the Minneapolis Fire Department courtesy of Allianz Life Insurance, City Council President Barbara Johnson stood before cameras in council chambers prior to Friday's council meeting. To her left stood a beaming Mayor R.T. Rybak, flanked by Fire Chief Alex Jackson and three other firefighters.

That's when Jude Ortiz, a leader of Coldsnap Legal Collective, took to the podium unannounced to decry resolution R-248, passed by the council last month, which allows the MPD to confiscate recording devices and use rubber bullets at public assemblies (read: the Republican National Convention.)
"Whereas, the 8th Amendment to the United States constitution protects a citizen from cruel and unusual punishment and the Minneapolis—"