Anoka High School employee charged wi...

Anoka High School employee charged with fleeing police

There are 42 comments on the hometownsource.com story from Oct 23, 2007, titled Anoka High School employee charged with fleeing police. In it, hometownsource.com reports that:

An Anoka High School employee is facing a felony charge for fleeing police in his vehicle in North Minneapolis Oct.

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Mike

Jacksonville, FL

#22 Oct 29, 2007
Gary Keillors Nightmare wrote:
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If you're so cocksure of the "facts" Mike why don't you tell them to everyone? While you're at it, tell us how you came to know the "facts". Were you there? If so, what were you doing there? Do you know Reff? You really need better explanations other than using your skin color as some basis of authority.
The only thing we know is the police report:
According to the criminal complaint on Oct. 19 at approximately 3 a.m. Minneapolis Police were in the area of 29th and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis, observing multiple people in apparent drug transactions.
When uniformed police officers approached his vehicle and yelled “police,” Reff, the only person in the car, allegedly revved his engine and accelerated, forcing officers to move out of the way to avoid being hit.
According to the complaint, he sped away from the scene in his silver Chevy Malibu, running multiple stop signs, with police in pursuit.
When the vehicle got a flat tire, Reff then allegedly fled on foot and fought with police while being apprehended when police used tasers to subdue him.
Reff will have his day in court and nobody has convicted him yet but that doesn't mean that opinions can't be formed and his judgement can't be questioned. My first post and opinion on this matter was qualified with an "if true" remark. I still stand by my stance that "if true" Reff should not be counseling, advising and coaching students.
GARY Like I said before the courts will have all the answers for you. I do know this forsure...The charges will be dropped pretty soon. Just to let you know.. Thats why I said before let this play out and you will really know what happen. I know that he's working with the NAACP..So until 11-5-07 lets just drop it!!!
Erica

Minneapolis, MN

#23 Oct 29, 2007
Mike,
Don't jump all over me. I said "according to the article" because I was not physically there, so that's all I have to base anything on. I was confused about where you got the info that he was trying to find a safe place to pull over. I wasn't even stating an opinion. I was just making an observation.

If you'd be so kind as to point out the directions to that Elvis article, I'm dying to read it...
Kyle

Minneapolis, MN

#24 Oct 31, 2007
it is called DWB "driving while black." I am white and aknowledge that it happens. yet, my cousin is a police officer in Denver, CO. It is not ok to drive to a safe place unless it is to get out of the path of traffic. You are to pull over, turn on your interior lights, place both hands on the steering wheel and remember your manners. Remember, you are the one percieved of breaking the law. If you dissagree then hire a lawyer. Let the courts decide. Violence and beligerant behavior will only make it worse.
Mike

Clinton, IA

#25 Nov 2, 2007
Kyle wrote:
it is called DWB "driving while black." I am white and aknowledge that it happens. yet, my cousin is a police officer in Denver, CO. It is not ok to drive to a safe place unless it is to get out of the path of traffic. You are to pull over, turn on your interior lights, place both hands on the steering wheel and remember your manners. Remember, you are the one percieved of breaking the law. If you dissagree then hire a lawyer. Let the courts decide. Violence and beligerant behavior will only make it worse.
Kyle I do not even call it that. My wife and I went to dinner at Famous daves off 10 and main. The one right in front of Mc Donalds. We went to Rainbow after next to Target. We then took the back road which is Northdale. At the stop light next to the VFW. And a cross from Riverwind center. A cop was in the turning lane waiting to turn left. My wife and I was going to Hanson. The light turn green for us both to go. The cop slowed down. After about 2 blocks the same cop pulled in behine us. Hit his lights. At night Northdale is very dark. I put on my flashers and drove to movie gallery parking lot. Knowing I did nothing wrong I wanted to be in a safe place with lights. He never gave me a ticket. Just said he did not read my plates right. Yes I'm a black man Driving a 2007 black 300.
Jerrad

Cottage Grove, MN

#26 Jan 8, 2008
Okay all of you.
I AM a student at anoka high school.
don't believe me?
www.myspace.com/snipensk8
thats me.
Mr. Reff was charged with dealing drugs
he was also the foreign relations dude.
and a drug abuse counceler.
however its spelt
i'm onl in high school.
i'm no genius.
but i know the facts.
Champlin Resident

Portland, OR

#27 Jan 9, 2008
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>Kyle I do not even call it that. My wife and I went to dinner at Famous daves off 10 and main. The one right in front of Mc Donalds. We went to Rainbow after next to Target. We then took the back road which is Northdale. At the stop light next to the VFW. And a cross from Riverwind center. A cop was in the turning lane waiting to turn left. My wife and I was going to Hanson. The light turn green for us both to go. The cop slowed down. After about 2 blocks the same cop pulled in behine us. Hit his lights. At night Northdale is very dark. I put on my flashers and drove to movie gallery parking lot. Knowing I did nothing wrong I wanted to be in a safe place with lights. He never gave me a ticket. Just said he did not read my plates right. Yes I'm a black man Driving a 2007 black 300.
Mike,

If you really believe that DWB is what you were pulled over for, go request a copy of the video from each of your most recent stops. Almost all Twin Cities police departments video tape every stop (the cameras are always running - so that when they put on their lights it physically records 15 seconds prior and continues in real-time). Most police departments retain these videos for a long time.

If your claim is true - you should have a nice legal case - especially in Minnesota (where you will find friendly liberal courts).

As for this case, the media outlets request those tapes on ALL of the serious stops (this would be included). As such, if the articles weren't true - the media outlets would have corrected them.

Since: Oct 07

South of here but this is home

#28 Jan 9, 2008
Jerrad wrote:
Okay all of you.
I AM a student at anoka high school.
don't believe me?
www.myspace.com/snipensk8
thats me.
Mr. Reff was charged with dealing drugs
he was also the foreign relations dude.
and a drug abuse counceler.
however its spelt
i'm onl in high school.
i'm no genius.
but i know the facts.
I don't know if you are actually who you say you are or are just posing as the one with the myspace.....

but a little friendly advice here: be very careful making these types of charges until they are made public record. As far as I know there hasn't been much more made public since the initial incident.

I will say this... I talked with someone with seemingly good knowledge of the incident in North Minneapolis and the word that I got was that it was NOT about drug deals. That's all I'm saying until the matter is made public.

Just be careful about what you do and what you say Jerrad, or whoever you are.
mike

Circle Pines, MN

#29 Jan 12, 2008
Little update. There is no charge. Read the paper. Al Reff will be back at work soon.

Since: Oct 07

South of here but this is home

#30 Jan 12, 2008
mike wrote:
Little update. There is no charge. Read the paper. Al Reff will be back at work soon.
Where is the link? I haven't seen it.

Since: Oct 07

South of here but this is home

#31 Jan 12, 2008
Say Mike, do you know what Reff's 2 previuos police contacts where?

http://mplscrimewatch.blogspot.com/2007_10_01...

Thursday – 0309 hours – 29th & Penn. Doing drug sales surveillance officers were watching a specific vehicle and upon approaching it on foot the driver turned off his head lights and fled. The driver continued, then bailed and was caught @ 33XX Thomas. Force was used and he was treated and released from the hospital. Arrested was Alphonse Reff , 43 year old black male from Coon Rapids w/2 CAPRS
Mike

United States

#32 Jan 14, 2008
He was Arrested for running from the police. Nothing in th report said anything about if drugs were found.

2 other run in with the law? Lost on that one.
I know he will be called back to work. You know as well as I do the police will and can say anything. In court the only thing he was charged with is running. That should be public record.

Since: Oct 07

South of here but this is home

#33 Jan 14, 2008
The crimewatch article I cited indicates "2 CAPRS" which means previous contacts with the law. I can't recall exactly what the acronym stands for but it does mean previous contacts. They don't have to mean "run-ins" but that's why I was curious.
Mike

United States

#34 Jan 15, 2008
Gary I have No Idea of what you're talking about. What he got a ticket once. WOW Proof first then bring it up.

Since: Oct 07

South of here but this is home

#35 Jan 16, 2008
Mike wrote:
Gary I have No Idea of what you're talking about. What he got a ticket once. WOW Proof first then bring it up.
I asked a simple question. If you have no idea then leave it at that. You seem to have all of the answers in his latest contact with the police so I assumed you knew what the 2 prior incidents were about.
Mike

United States

#36 Jan 17, 2008
Gary Keillors Nightmare wrote:
The crimewatch article I cited indicates "2 CAPRS" which means previous contacts with the law. I can't recall exactly what the acronym stands for but it does mean previous contacts. They don't have to mean "run-ins" but that's why I was curious.
No Gary I would have to say that you have had all the answers. I have said for the start to let this play out in court. It has. You also from your quote made a statment about something you think happen before. Check the court records. No Felony charges.
Champlin Resident

Portland, OR

#37 Jan 18, 2008
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>No Gary I would have to say that you have had all the answers. I have said for the start to let this play out in court. It has. You also from your quote made a statment about something you think happen before. Check the court records. No Felony charges.
Mike,

Do us all a favor and quit posting here. You obviously don't want to have valuable interaction and respect others. You apparently believe the whole world is just black and white and everyone is out to get you.

Frankly, I would recommend that you seek mental health assistance. I think you have some real problems with your attitude and perspective on things.
Mike

Circle Pines, MN

#38 Jan 18, 2008
Champlin Resident!!! Do me a favor. I think you can guess what that would be right. I do not believe the whole world is black and white. Just black!!! You added the white.

And as far as the mental health goes. Can I join your class.
reff4lyfe

Saint Paul, MN

#39 Jan 27, 2008
reff fo' lyfe, n-words! reff be smokin' rocks and pcp! reff is god. he is the alpha and omega. all hail king reff!
sara

Brookfield, WI

#40 Jul 30, 2008
Why is he still at Anoka?
BusinessBetty

Sausalito, CA

#41 Jul 31, 2008
I don't know, Sara. Has he gone to trial yet? If not, maybe it's because of a little thing called "innoocent until proven guilty"? Maybe he IS innocent.

I grew up in Anoka and I could see Mike getting harrassed by the Anoka cops for DWB. When I was a teenager I once got pulled over by a cop. My two friends and I were asked to leave the car while he searched it. He found nothing and when I asked why he had pulled us over he gave me an assy little "move along" comment. For the record I am a white female, and at the time I was with two other white females. Small town cops think they can get away with anything.

I seriously doubt that racial profiling is a rare occurrence. I have heard too many stories of DWB or other racially-motivated behaviors from people of color to consider it a rarity.

Anyway, I would be interested in hearing the outcome of this situation.

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