Hennepin County expanding security at 3 suburban courts

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 11:04 PM

County Board votes to screen for weapons now at 3 suburban courts.

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furguson11Mar. 13, 1210:20 PM

"responding to fears" That's it exactly. There are a lot of more effective ways to spend public safety money than metal detectors, more security staff and closing a suburban court and making the public, police and prosecutors drive downtown.

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furguson11Mar. 13, 1210:21 PM

"He told the board that 3,400 weapons, ranging from pocketknives to handguns, were confiscated in 2011 at the downtown Government Center" Don't forget about the nail clippers. And staff can carry in whatever they want.

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av_vajMar. 13, 1211:27 PM

furguson11- "And staff can carry in whatever they want." And they don't even have to go through the metal detectors either! Express line if you are a HC employee.

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darkknight9Mar. 14, 1212:07 AM

"After considering closing the Southdale court in Edina" -- -- Its Edina... have neighborhoods changed that mush that Every Day I Need Attention's social make up has shifted to violent crimes?

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JanglesMar. 14, 12 3:34 AM

You Minnesota people are funny. You're against spending money on anything that isnt a bike path, water fountain, or art center. When will one of you mention how safety is offensive to someone?

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westmetroguyMar. 14, 12 5:54 AM

Curious to know where these will go in the Ridgedale building. Will I need to take my children through a metal detector to visit the library housed in the same space? And how does this protect these frightened judges when coming to / leaving work? The parking setup at that location requires them to snake through a poorly laid out parking lot before they get to the ramp built specifically for them. Plenty of time for damage there. Oops, guess that was overlooked. Geniuses.

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mnmaidMar. 14, 12 6:17 AM

Here's an idea: Why don't we put in those naked strip search scanners like they use in the airports? When did we become such a country of fraidy-cat pansies, running from our own shadows?

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BUDMar. 14, 12 7:32 AM

3,400 weapons, lets see this broken down between fingernail clippers and handguns.Are you people real?

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damag001Mar. 14, 12 7:47 AM

If your spouse or loved one were working in one of these suburban courts, you'd want a little ramped-up security to protect them…I guaranty it. At Southdale, you can just go through the doors, up the stairs, down the hall, and open the doors to the court and enter and go sit down without one person even stopping you to say, "ahemmm…excuse me, but can I have your name please." OR "Sorry, but you must check-in first before entering the courtroom." I mean, anywhere else in society like visiting the doctor you have to first check-in. You go to a sporting event like a Twin's game...they have security asking to look into your bags or guards padding you down. No one's crying foul over that practice. Yet, we ask (no wrong word)...force people who might have to pay a fine they can't afford or even face jail time to gather together at a public space that has absolutely no security. If people really knew the details I think they would be more accepting that this NEEDS to happen. It's sort of ridiculous we've gone this far with such lax security in our courts. Not to mention, those people who show up to contest speeding tickets or other small fines (where they feel they've been wronged by society or targeted by the police) are just as likely if not maybe even a little more likely to bring a weapon into a public courtroom. Don't believe me? Just stroll in and watch some of these people in court someday. If you're worried that someone might think you don't have any business being there…don't worry…no one will bother to stop and ask anyway.

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pokey2008Mar. 14, 1210:07 AM

Good. I live in Brooklyn Center, and while I would like to believe (Cinderella is my middle name) that all things are still good, I want to keep it safe. For everyone.

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