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BETTER KNOW A POLITICIAN: SHERIFF RICH STANEK Stanek has served as Hennepin County Sheriff since 2007. Before assuming that role, he served four terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives and two years as the Minnesota Commissioner of Public Safety. Stanek is elected independently of the Hennepin County Commission and is tasked with many standard law enforcement duties, as well as managing the county jail where all individuals arrested in Minneapolis and a number of surrounding suburbs are held. But that’s not Stanek’s real legacy. His tenure as Public Safety Commissioner ended in April 2004 when it came to light that he had screamed racial slurs while a police officer. In 2007, he used $30,000 of public funds to create a video claiming credit for rescue efforts surrounding the I-35W bridge collapse, earning criticism from the Minneapolis Mayor and Police Department. In 2010, he was sued for unjustly arresting political dissidents. In 2016, he sent deputies and equipment to Standing Rock, aiding the armed opposition to protestors. Stanek has managed to win re-election in the heavily democratic Hennepin County three separate times. He is on the ballot again this fall.

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

Questions & Lies  

Questions & Lies is about the emotional toll of the politics of grievance and fear: immigration, climate change, transphobia, wealth hoardin...

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