Cops found no prints on Fong Lee gun,...

Cops found no prints on Fong Lee gun, but ...

There are 243 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 1, 2009, titled Cops found no prints on Fong Lee gun, but .... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Three days after Minneapolis police found no fingerprints on a gun lying next to a man shot eight times by an officer, Police Chief Timothy Dolan reportedly was saying otherwise.

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Paul M

Berlin, Germany

#1 Apr 1, 2009
Sometimes you get cops who are badge heavy and do stupid things and unfortunately these are the stories that you read about. You hardly ever hear of a cop doing his job right because that is not news. But stupid cops make wonderful news copy. Unfortunately the 5 or 6 percent of bad cops make the rest of the force look not just bad, but incompetent at times and not worthy of the respect they deserve.
watchman

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 1, 2009
There's an official gag order effective for all Minneapolis public officials on this issue, including the Hmong-friendly mayor, RT Rybak...who needs to come clean that he stands for community justice and not dirty cops. Isn't it ironic that racist Tom Barnard of KQRS is sounding off the mayor's approval of an award given to the officer involved in this shooting? Enough is enough...So, Hmong activists, let's demand for justice by writing to Judge Urvina, the Chair of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, Anita.urvina[at]co.hennepin.mn .us, among others. Her office needs to be flooded with e-mails, asap. We need our brothers and sisters in the African American community and the Somali community to stand with us, now!
An Eye on Justice

Northfield, MN

#3 Apr 1, 2009
It is unfortunate this public safety department has been under many scrutiny. First, it was the case involving another officer shot by his own colleague during the line of duty that cost the job of the former police chief for covering up the case. Then there was the botch raid of an innocent family home in Minneapolis costing the city thousands. Furthermore, these cases involved awarding the officers for their service that would be at odds with the public. It is unfortunate these incidents are taming the integrity of the Minneapolis police department, but enough is enough. This is alarming to the Minneapolis city officials and the public. The duty of the public safety is to protect and serve, not this injustice.
watchman

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 2, 2009
Here's a refresher article on the details of the incident from 2006:
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/1966

The article states:

"Questioning the police seems to be the ongoing theme for family members of Fong Lee.

They question why it took more than 12 hours for the police to notify the family of Fong’s death?

They question why the police refused to allow the family to identify Fong’s body until nearly a week had passed by?

They question why officer Andersen was put back to work after only three days of paid administrative leave, a bare minimum amount of time considering the scope and severity of the actions taken by Andersen?

They question why it took eight frontal shots (including one shot in the buttocks, apparently from behind) to take Fong down?

And above all, they question the contention made by police that Fong was carrying a gun that evening in view of the fact that no other witness, including the video cameras, saw a gun being possessed by Fong (and if so, why were there no shots fired from that gun and why were there no fingerprints found if Fong had supposedly pointed the gun at Andersen)?
InSider

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 Apr 2, 2009
Get all the video....it's on all the video. 3 cameras. Get the video....the shooting is on the video cameras. They edited it......
Watchdog

Fresno, CA

#7 Apr 2, 2009
Police brutality at its best. Way to go Minneapolis police department. This is the second such incident that involves Minneapolis police and the Hmong community in the last couple of years. If evidence points true to what we've read above, Police Chief Timothy Dolan should step down of his duties!
enforcer

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 2, 2009
I think all these people that posted a comment are very ignorant. You need to quit believing everything you see on tv and read in anti-police newspapers.

Remember the news will never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
unbelievable

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Apr 2, 2009
Hey enforcer, you need to actually do some reading yourself. Don't let the facts -- yes FACTS -- get in the way of your obvious bias. I don't see any OPINION in the story at all. But don't worry, I don't expect to convince someone like you of what's right in front of your face. You're too busy dreaming of shooting gangbangers to notice how dumb you sound.
No spin zone

Forest Lake, MN

#11 Apr 2, 2009
What a cover up by the cops! No prints, No ridges, No DNA, No fibers found to link the gun to the dead human. COVER UP COVER UP Murder by stupid cop.
Blah Blah Blah

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Apr 2, 2009
Andersen, Dolan and those who stand behind them are so pooped! He knew that questions are rising so he fled so that he wouldn't be able to be reached for comments on his poor actions. I can't wait to see the justice on this interesting case that involves the corrupted side of the system!
K Thao of Stp

Sauk Rapids, MN

#13 Apr 2, 2009
I am a Hmong man, Asian-American, I would like to see justice and see Mr. Anderson serve prison term for the killing of an innocent boy. I have looked at the stilled pictures and it showed Fong Lee was running with no weapon. The City of Minneapolis needs to step-up and do the right thing or all citizens are doomed to their last days. We the Asian-Americans are going to stand together and we would like to see JUSTICE.
K. Thao of St. Paul, MN
WE NEED JUSTICE. WE STAND TOGETHER. ASIAN-AMERICAN
PGF

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 2, 2009
Bring in the Feds or someone from outside. Let them clean up this mess.
Hang Em High

AOL

#15 Apr 2, 2009
Still wondering wrote:
What was this POS's criminal record?
You mean the cops, right?
stp651

Washington, DC

#16 Apr 2, 2009
how is it that it takes 2 1/2 years to figure out that there weren't any prints on the gun? that alone, is a fault on minneapolis police.
The Question Is

United States

#17 Apr 2, 2009
I will repeat this - the question is NOT whether he had a gun, its whether the police felt justified in using deadly force. If the police believed their lives were in danger - end of story, deadly force permissible, tragedy all around. The gun is only one small piece of evidence. Even if it was proved beyond any doubt that he didn't have a gun, if the police can show they felt their lives were threatened, their acts were justified.
Steve

United States

#18 Apr 2, 2009
Don't run from the cops, don't get shot. Fong was not a "kid" as the paper states, 19 is not a kid. You get to vote, join the military, go to college, live on your own. Hundreds of things kids don't get to do. A scared kid running from the cops is one thing, a 19 year old adult is another. Don't run from the cops and you won't get shot.
ole

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 2, 2009
"hmong man" ? sounds like the blacks of the 60's and 70's " I am a man ." ... but look kid you are asian first huh ? See when the police say stop you stop do not run. That Lee punk had a gun I bet and tossed it. The gun that was found there was already there since Lee punk was in a bad area since he was bad too. Good job officers.
Buttomfly

Madison, WI

#20 Apr 2, 2009
Someone wrote on another blog that the supposed gangbanger (Fong) had only a misdemeanor charge on his record. Is that true? Why would the police try to make him out to be a criminal affiliated with gangs if that were not true? Because it bolsters their case of a justified killing? There definitely needs to be an outside group to investigate this. Would be nice if it included some citizens who pay the salaries of these public safety officials. Just to keep everything above board.
Hang Em High

AOL

#21 Apr 2, 2009
The Question Is wrote:
I will repeat this - the question is NOT whether he had a gun, its whether the police felt justified in using deadly force. If the police believed their lives were in danger - end of story, deadly force permissible, tragedy all around. The gun is only one small piece of evidence. Even if it was proved beyond any doubt that he didn't have a gun, if the police can show they felt their lives were threatened, their acts were justified.
So the cops' word is sacrosanct? Yeah right. So when a cop pulls you over when you're doing 30 and he says you were doing 90 and writes you a ticket, you say, "Well, if the cop says it's true, I guess I was going 90."

And since when can cops shoot someone running away from them when they aren't armed? These cops deserve hard time and so does the chief. Liars, all of em.
Hang Em High

AOL

#22 Apr 2, 2009
Steve wrote:
Don't run from the cops, don't get shot. Fong was not a "kid" as the paper states, 19 is not a kid. You get to vote, join the military, go to college, live on your own. Hundreds of things kids don't get to do. A scared kid running from the cops is one thing, a 19 year old adult is another. Don't run from the cops and you won't get shot.
If he walked into a bar and ordered a beer he'd be called "kid" and shown the door. I hope your kid never gets scared and runs away from a cop. B ut I guess yuou'd say it was ok to shoot him right? Jail to the chief--and the cops.

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