Friday, June 01, 2007

Prove it, Katie

In a column yesterday that Spotty was just hoping he would forget about, Katie takes the City of Minneapolis and its police department to task over the so-called "separation ordinance" that prohibits street cops from becoming primary immigration enforcement officers:

The ordinance prohibits police from becoming involved in routine immigration enforcement, where immigration is the main issue. Immigrants in the city won't cooperate with the police if they fear deportation, the reasoning goes.

Minneapolis played a minor role, apparently, in Rachel's Raid, a prostitution bust where, according to Katie, ICE, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the St. Paul police were BIG players. You might observe, boys and girls, that none of these law enforcement agencies has principal responsibility for street crime in Minneapolis. That's Katie's point, Spot supposes, but it also means these agencies don't have the same level of concern about the trust of local informants, witnesses, and crime victims that the Minneapolis cops do. According to the linked article, many of those arrested in Rachel's Raid were illegal immigrants. Also according to the article:

The women [prostitutes] came mostly from Mexico and Central America.

But weren't the brothels in Minneapolis, Spotty?

Well some were, grasshopper, but the Strib article, which Katie undoubtedly had access to, says they were also in Richfield, West St. Paul, and Austin, Minnesota. There's no word on whether the three aforementioned burgs had a separation ordinance or not.

Gee, you would think Katie would criticize those police forces, too, wouldn't you Spotty?

No, actually, Spot wouldn't expect Katie to be even-handed in her abuse. She'd rather pick on Minneapolis and its ordinance. It makes a much better anti-immigrant rant, you see. Mayor Rybak made some silly and unnecessary noises about the ordinance after the bust. But Katie certainly did not persuade Spot that the ordinance prevented Minneapolis cops from doing anything.

What do we call Katie's attempt to say that the ordinance was responsible for Minneapolis' role?

Isn't that a non sequitr, Spotty?

That's right, grasshopper. Very good.

Because of the immigration aspect, this really was a federal bust. Rachel Paulose certainly thought so when she held her first ever press conference. Spot would have actually enjoyed watching Tim Dolan trying to wrestle the microphone out of Rachel's grip! Spot bets that Tim would have had to pry it out of Rachel's cold, dead hands!

You also have to wonder how much the feds were willing to share; they are not by reputation especially good at that.

One last point, just for the sake of argument. Katie, driving her beige sedan home from the Strib, is clocked in south Minneapolis doing 37 in a 30. A cop pulls her over and notices her steely Teutonic mien. She's about the right age; the cop wonders if she is a member of the Bader Meinhoff gang, or perhaps just an ordinary German street tough, cooling her heels in Minneapolis. So, when Katie proffers her driver's license, does the cop ask: are you a citizen? Can you prove it?

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