Mike Freeman Recall Campaign Launches $30 Million Fundraising Campaign
The Freeman recall campaign was launched by Jared Mollenkof, a public defender and member of the Minneapolis Freedom Fund. The group has raised $30 million in just a few weeks. The core team includes other professionals who have worked in electoral politics and grassroots organizing. They are now focusing on the recall campaign.
Freeman’s sluggish response to the Chauvin case
The Chauvin case has sparked criticism from many communities, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has been under fire for his slow response. The case involved a first responder who shot a suspected gunman with his hands up. Several other officers were wounded, but Chauvin was the only one killed. As a result, Freeman was under fire for not prosecuting the suspected gunman, and many community members are now calling for Freeman to be recalled from office.
In a letter, Freeman defended the arrest of Chauvin, saying that the third-degree murder charge against him does not make sense. This is despite video evidence and witness statements that show that Chauvin was ignoring Floyd’s cries for help. He also argued that the arrest occurred less than four days after the fatal shooting.
Freeman’s sluggish approach to the Chauvin case has been criticized by both sides of the criminal justice debate. Former police union boss Bob Kroll criticized Freeman’s “strained” relationship with police. While Freeman’s office did eventually convict Mohammed Noor of third-degree murder and manslaughter, activists criticized his slow response to the case.
In a recent ruling, the court denied the prosecution’s request to admit evidence of nine other incidents in which Officers Kueng and Thao were involved. In this case, there is a clear connection between police brutality and the deaths of civilians.
His erratic behavior
There is a lot of talk about Mike Freeman’s erratic behavior in the state of Minnesota. He has been accused of speaking in an off-color tone at a gang and street violence prevention meeting. He also slapped a police car’s body and said, “Thanks for not shooting me.” Police officers interpreted his comments as an off-color reference to the Noor case. He has since taken leave of absence from his post and entered a substance-abuse treatment program. Meanwhile, recall talk has spread across local activist circles.
Freeman’s re-election is the first major test for the DFL Party in 12 years. It also shows how the new form of progressivism is shaking up once-sleepy races. Meanwhile, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin failed to win the DFL endorsement for the first time in 27 years, illustrating the shift in the party.
Freeman has been a prosecutor in Hennepin County for over a decade. The city of Minneapolis has long struggled with police violence. Various reforms and leadership changes have taken place to address the problem. However, the recent killing of Floyd has given international attention to these issues. Activists in Hennepin County blame Freeman for not prosecuting the officers.
Freeman was accused of meeting with a medical examiner without a non-attorney present. Freeman’s office said this was in line with Minnesota Supreme Court precedent.
His closeness to law enforcement
Freeman’s closeness to law enforcement has led to controversy. He once slapped the side of a police car and said, “Thank you for not shooting me!” Freeman later said that the incident was an “off-color reference” to the Noor case. In response to the incident, Freeman announced he would be taking a leave of absence from law enforcement. The incident led to personal attacks on Freeman and his family.
Prosecutors and law enforcement have a long history of working together on cases. But Freeman’s closeness to law enforcement has created a conflict of interest. He is too close to law enforcement officials and prosecutors to properly represent the public. That conflict can lead to political problems. The public may be suspicious when local prosecutors don’t press charges. It may appear that they are only doing so for political reasons.
One example of Freeman’s closeness to law enforcement is his decision not to prosecute two Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot an unarmed woman. Noor was a Somali-American. He was acquitted of second-degree murder and was found guilty of third-degree manslaughter. The shooting was livestreamed. The Hennepin County attorney disagreed with Freeman’s stance on the shooting.
While Freeman has a reputation as tough on crime, he has also put in place some progressive policies. In the past, he has worked to improve juvenile justice and have diversion programs for minor offenders. He has also worked to reduce the number of children in foster care. He has also implemented policies that promote victim advocacy.