FBI seeks help to ID ‘Umbrella Man’ Minneapolis rioter from 2020


Matt Sepic, MPR News, writes: “The FBI needs the public’s assistance in identifying the man who vandalized a Minneapolis auto parts shop at the beginning of the 2020 riots.” The most shared images of the unrest were photos and videos showing ‘Umbrella Man,’ who incited destruction. On May 27, 2020, a white man in a mask and carrying an umbrella outside an Auto Zone on Lake Street and 27th Avenue South was seen breaking windows with a Hammer. This happened two days after George Floyd was murdered. The fire that followed in the building was one of many arson attacks in the Twin Cities in the following three days. The FBI released photos Tuesday showing the man wearing a black cap with the letters L, M, and Co, and a yellow Shamrock logo. This logo is likely to have been used by Loser Machine Co, a skateboard apparel manufacturer.

Mara Klecker , Strib’s Mara Klecker , says that “staff is stretched dangerously thin at several schools in special education departments, and educators at least two — Harrison Education Center, Hall STEM Academy — have tried to raise alarm. They claim that failing to provide the support promised in individual education plans is both a safety and compliance concern. … There are still vacancies at the district headquarters. This is causing chaos. The financial and human resource departments of the district remain understaffed. This has created a lot of problems in payroll and hindered the ability to fill open positions.

Chris Hewitt, Stribber reports that “You’ve stepped inside projections of Vincent Van Gogh’s wildflowers & olive trees. You can now join the Encanto’ crew and not talk about Bruno or the Frozen sisters as they Let It Go’. Tickets went on sale Wednesday at 1 p.m. for ‘Disney Animation,‘ that, like Van Gogh’s show, will give the impression that audiences are part of precious images. Walt Disney Animation Studios has teamed with Lighthouse Immersive Studios to create the new exhibit. It will be a ‘Immersive Van Gogh-like experience.

Hibah ansari, Sahan Journal’s writes : “Beyond large, bright windows at The Afghan Cultural Society, immigrant owned restaurants and colorful murals line a busy Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. You can peek inside to see a quieter scene. Red Afghan rugs and matching cushions cover the floors and walls in a large, sunny room. On some days, people are seen sitting on the floor sipping green tea from mugs. The Afghan Cultural Society is a safe place for the 1,200 Afghans who fled the Taliban overthrow last year. It’s also a place where they can heal and build community. On Oct. 20, the Afghan Cultural Society will open its first office and community space.

Another Matt Sepic story states that “prosecutors have charged 50th person in an scheme to defraud federal Child Nutrition Programs.” According to the indictment Hussein founded Oramia Feeds to provide meals to Shamisa Hopes. This nonprofit was run by his wife Mekfira Hussein under Feeding Our Future’s sponsorship.

The Pioneer Press Frederick Melo wrote that Katherine Banbury was concerned about Dominium’s plan to increase her $1,344 monthly rental at Cambric Senior Apartments, East Seventh Street to nearly 8 percent. She contacted City Hall. She said that the hike in her year-long rental agreement was in violation of St. Paul’s new rent control ordinance. This ordinance is designed to limit residential rent increases at 3 percent per annum. “The city agreed to part of her request, but disagreed to part.

“Democrats are intensifying their attacks against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin, over his comments downplaying Jan. 6’s riot with an ad on TV in the homestretch for the pivotal Senate race. Wednesday’s 30-second ad will air on the airwaves of battleground states. It was first shared by NBC News. The video features a Madison police officer as the narrator. It shows violent clashes at the Capitol last year during insurrection. Retired Police Capt. The ad is written by George Silverwood. “And then, five officers were killed.” Ron Johnson makes excuses for the rioters who attempted to overthrow our country, calling them ‘peaceful demonstrations’. The ad shows a coffin covered in the American flag.

The Daily Beast Brooke Leigh Howard writes. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against owners and operators of South Dakota hotels that had banned Indigenous American customers in March. This was allegedly in violation of their civil rights. The Grand Gateway Hotel, Cheers Sports Lounge and Casino in Rapid City are accused of refusing to let Indigenous customers rent four rooms [on] two occasions in March. According to the lawsuit, Connie Uhre, hotel owner, sent an email to other property managers and owners stating that she didn’t want Natives allowed on her property. ‘”

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