- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015
City: Officer not to blame for hitting woman, 101, with car

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The city of St. Paul says in court documents that an officer who backed her squad car into a 101-year-old woman in 2013 was not negligent, and the woman is responsible for her own death.

The Star Tribune reports (https://strib.mn/1DOCpoehttps://strib.mn/1DOCpoe ) Roza Sakhina was struck by officer Lori Lin Goulet on Aug. 16, 2013. Sakhina died five days later.

Sakhina’s family sued Goulet and the city in January, alleging Goulet was negligent. The city denies that, and says Sakhina’s injuries were caused by her own wrongdoing.

Goulet was responding to a disturbance on Cleveland Avenue on the day of the collision. A witness said Sakhina was crossing the street with a walker when Goulet hit her. No charges were filed.

Personnel records show Goulet was involved in four prior squad accidents.


Answers about the use of police body cameras, ongoing costs

Body-worn cameras are the latest must-have devices in police work and are spreading fast to departments nationwide. But the technology is raising a lot of questions, from the cost to the accessibility of the footage. Here are answers to some questions about body cameras.

Q: How are they used?

A: Officers wear a camera on their chest or the side of their sunglasses that records their interactions with the public. Some cities allow officers discretion about when the cameras are on or off. Hours upon hours of footage are cataloged, loaded onto a server and purged after a set period of time, depending on its value as evidence in ongoing legal cases.

Q: What do they cost?

A: Depending on the features, the cameras can cost anywhere from $200 to more than $1,000. Agencies also need docking stations to charge their batteries and software programs to store and access their footage. Optional cloud-based data storage plans for each camera typically run anywhere from $20 per month to more than $100, depending on the volume of data. Agencies that opt to store the footage internally will likely need to buy additional servers.


Minneapolis woman gets 15 years for hitting friend with car

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors say a Minneapolis woman who pleaded guilty to attempted murder for running down a friend with her car has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Angela Dawn Jackson was sentenced Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, Jackson met friends at The Bulldog bar in Uptown in August and the group was asked to leave after they got into a fight about the bill.

Prosecutors say Jackson was driving a car when hit Tarrince Winbush. According to Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1KpO94Fhttps://bit.ly/1KpO94F ), prosecutors say Jackson admitted she was angry with the man Winbush was with. Prosecutors say she admitted she drove at that man, but hit Winbush.

Winbush is still in a coma.


Judge takes Peterson arbitration arguments under advisement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The latest dispute between the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the league’s personal conduct policy was aired Friday in federal court, as Adrian Peterson listened to arguments about his suspension that the union is trying to have overturned.

“I felt like I got a fair hearing, for once,” the Minnesota Vikings running back said to reporters on his way out.

It was more criticism of the disciplinary process that Peterson and the union have derided as arbitrary and unfair since punishment was levied by the NFL after the running back was charged in a child abuse case involving his son. He resolved the case with a plea bargain last year.

Peterson did not speak at the hour-long hearing in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty, who has overseen much of the league’s labor matters over the past three decades. Doty took under advisement the NFLPA’s petition to nullify the decision by arbitrator Harold Henderson to reject Peterson’s appeal of the suspension that is in effect through at least April 15.

Doty did not provide a timetable for his decision.

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