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Sunday, January 25, 2009
Text Of Al Flowers Lawsuit Against Don Samuels
Photo By John Hoff
The Minneapolis Mirror has the text of Al Flowers' lawsuit against Don Samuels, click below for that information:
Here's a few comments about the allegations in the lawsuit:
First, "New Majority" JACC Secretary Anne McCandless told me--with others present--she was the one who called 911. If Councilmember Don Samuels called 911, I was not aware of it.
Second, the lawsuit mentions "witnesses" who said Samuels was the problem, and not Flowers. These witnesses were hardly objective bystanders, but could be fairly characterized as individuals with an axe to grind. Interesting how the names of these witnesses are not mentioned in the complaint.
Third, the lawsuit says Flowers "complained" about the behavior of Samuels--namely the alleged elbowing and toe-stepping. Anybody can watch the video and see what Flowers was complaining about: Samuels daring to stand in front of him. No mention of Flowers' precious toes or the alleged sharpness of Samuels' elbows.
Notably, there's no mention in the lawsuit of Flowers shoving Samuels in the back from behind. That's OK. It's on video.
Fourth, the lawsuit has some odd italics, random single quote marks and, in one instance, seems to substitute the word "took" for "told." Didn't anybody proofread? Or is this how the miserable thing was MEANT to read?
Last, the lawsuit gets into detail about the oh-so-finely-wrought political questions Flowers was supposedly there to ask. Clearly, that stuff was written by the lawyer. I doubt if Flowers could successfully memorize that much intellectual verbiage for an exam. This is a guy who says "medium income" instead of "median."
Anybody who watches the tape sees how Flowers was expressing himself: shouting the same stuff over and over, like a person of limited intellect--such as a child--throwing a tantrum.