blog post by John Hoff
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When police pulled over Bernard Miles, Jr for not having a front license plate, the car reportedly smelled of marijuana which remains illegal in Minnesota. Police asked Miles to step out of the vehicle but Miles resisted and argued with the officers, like THAT was going to work...
Miles struggled with the officers. Meanwhile, the second defendant (Mark Anthony Devine) got out of the vehicle. While police struggled with Miles, Devine attempted to take a little stroll. This whole time the MVR (motor vehicle record or recording) was passively documenting the scene. So a little while later the officers were able to look at the tape and determine Devine had gone "to the front of the squad where Defendant 1" (Miles) was "initially detained." Devine then picked up an item and walked down the street, then returned to the scene.
Like mountain man trackers of yore, these Minneapolis police followed the trail of footprints in the fresh snowy ground and located a loaded, semi-automatic pistol at the end of Devine's footsteps.
Devine has a juvenile conviction for armed robbery. Miles has a conviction for drug possession and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Devine reportedly lives at 3019 Colfax Ave. N., a property owned by notorious slumlord Steven F. Meldahl.
So it would appear that while two police officers were struggling with one guy, the other guy was out of the vehicle, loose, and had a loaded gun in his hands!
God bless our brave and understaffed officers of the Fourth Precinct, serving and protecting us while our public officials have failed to provide them with adequate reinforcements. This could have been an incident resulting in the death of two police officers. How many times are police going to "get lucky" like this while the Fourth Precinct remains chronically understaffed?