While not a laughing matter, the well-done signs going up in the Minneapolis area that are mocking the Minneapolis police are drawing attention to the murder of Justine Damond by Somali Muslim cop Muhamed Noor, and questioning the competence of both former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau, Mayor Betsy Hodges and the hiring practices of the police department.
The signs are not made of cardboard or plastic. Instead, they are durable metal signs. They are orange in color with black writing and a black stick figure police officer firing guns in both hands with the text, “WARNING: Twin Cities Police Easily Startled.”
"Twin Cities police easily startled," warns a new sign bolted below a traffic sign in St. Paul, Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/oAr6AHulMa
— Mukhtar M. Ibrahim 📝 (@mukhtaryare) July 24, 2017
KARE 11 reports that the signs are being removed as quickly as they are being put up.
KARE 11 caught up with one worker taking a sign down in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood overnight. Another was spotted and then removed near the intersection of University and Snelling in St. Paul.
The message appears to be a direct reference to the BCA interview with the police partner of Officer Mohamed Noor, who told investigators that the two were “startled” by a loud noise before Noor shot Damond through the window of their squad car, killing her.
Whoever is behind the signs spared no expense: They are made of metal, are painted professionally and were mounted on street poles using heavy duty screws, just as official signs are. At this point there is no information on who may be behind the campaign.
All of this comes on the heels of the fatal shooting of Justine Damond by Somali Muslim cop Muhamed Noor.
While Mayor Betsy Hodges continues to cover for the Somali Muslim community in all of this and call on Muslims to report “hate crimes,” she was the one who made the policy change to hire more Somali Muslims as police officers.
Additionally, Minneapolis Police Chief Janne Harteau resigned over the incident, but said that Noor was “well-suited to be on the street” and defended the switching off of the officer’s body cameras.