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Old 12-06-2005, 07:11 PM   #1
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David Croud Case ~ Brutality & Racism

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DULUTH, Minn. - American Indian community members have expressed outrage over what happened to a man taken into police custody last week.

David Croud was placed on life support after police tried to take him to a detoxification center, allegedly for his own safety. The officers have said Croud became belligerent and resisted arrest.

But Croud's family and other community members say racism played a role.

"There has been a crime committed," said Joe Croud, David Croud's uncle. "You didn't deal with David in a right manner. Your police department took my nephew."

The city's American Indian Commission spent two hours of its monthly meeting on Monday talking about the incident. Some commission members said they are concerned.

"(Croud) was a lot better before police arrived," commission member Mike Sayers said, questioning the officers' decision to take Croud into custody.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating. Duluth Police Chief Roger Waller urged patience.

"If during the course of their (the BCA's) investigation they find something that needs criminal charges, that will happen," Waller said.

Mayor Herb Bergson has defended the officers' actions. Some of the anger coming from Croud's family was directed at Bergson.

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/du...s/12935703.htm

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The fatal David Croud incident
Robert Boone
Reader Weekly
David Michael Croud died on the afternoon of October 18, six days after losing consciousness during his detention by Duluth police. Police reported that Croud was intoxicated and harassing customers outside Fond-du-Luth Casino at approximately 6 p.m. on October 12. They claim he resisted arrest and was brought to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he stopped breathing and was placed on life support. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MBCA) is investigating witness allegations that police were un-necessarily aggressive and bloodied Croud’s face against a stone wall during the arrest and that an electroshock weapon was deployed against Croud after he was restrained and in police custody. The MBCA has interviewed eight police officers so far in it’s investigation.

The Mancini Interview

Mike Mancini, owner of Downtown Computer, witnessed the October 12 Duluth Police Department detention of David Croud outside his business at 203 E. Superior St. Mancini and two of his employees had stepped onto the sidewalk in front of his storefront at approximately 6 p.m. Mancini didn’t notice Croud until the policemen were already confronting him.

Mancini saw the officers (one uniformed, one plainclothes) approach Croud. “They had him pinned face first against the sandstone wall of our building,” he told the Reader. Croud was non-combative while the officers repeatedly thrust him against the wall while attempting to handcuff him. At this point, Mancini asked what “this guy had been doing” and an officer replied that he was causing trouble at the Fond du Luth Casino. Unable to secure the handcuffs, the officers pulled him back from the wall, “then they flung him to the sidewalk, putting all their weight on him, their knees to his back,” finally succeeding at cuffing him. When they pulled him back up, one side of his face was a mass of blood, leaving a pool of blood on the sidewalk.

As he stood up and was being walked to the squad car double-parked nearby, he began complaining about losing his hat. This seemed to agitate him. An officer said they could get his hat. As they tried to put Croud into the squad car, he stopped cooperating, basically he just tried to stand still and would not bend over to get in the back seat. The officers repeatedly and loudly ordered him to stop resisting.

At this time a woman walked up to the rear bumper of the squad. As the officers seemed to know her and did not ask her to step back, Mancini believes she was also a police officer. Mancini noted that the woman remained there and was, in his opinion, in an ideal position to observe the remainder of the incident.

The two officers succeeded in getting Croud into of the squad car and closed the door.

Croud now seemed to be safely restrained. One of the officers then ran forward to another squad car parked three or four car lengths closer to Second Avenue East. The officer reached into the back seat of the car, picked up an item, and carried it back. Mancini could not see what the item was, but heard someone say, “Oh, they’re going to taser him.” The officer reached into the back of the car toward Croud, inserting his upper body and both arms into the car for approximately ten seconds. Mancini observed a blue flash. Mancini is not positive that the blue flash was from a taser. Daniel Keinbaum, an employee of Downtown Computer, said he heard an electronic sound twice, once faintly then louder. The officers then drove Croud away. Only two officers were involved in the detention of Croud.

The longer he thought about it, the more concerned Mancini became over the nature of this incident. Mancini has witnessed dozens of arrests in downtown Duluth over the years and he’s never seen one with this level of police aggression. At the time, Mancini did not know whether Croud was seriously injured. Mancini was just bothered by how violent the event was.

At approximately 8 p.m., Mancini called 911 to report an aggressive incident with a police arrest. The 911 operator referred him to another officer who promptly arranged for the police to go to Downtown Computer, tape it off, and take a variety of pictures of the scene.

A Duluth police officer and Jerome Koneczny of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension interviewed Mancini that evening. Both officers were very polite, professional, and thorough. Mancini described the incident in detail and at length.

The Aftermath and A Few Questions

If Croud was indeed shocked with a Taser after he was already in custody, what was the justification?

An officer interviewing Mancini stated that there was another incident involving police in front of Fond-du-Luth Casino at the same time. According to the Duluth News Tribune, the Fond du Luth Casino chief of security denied that any incident occurred there. It raises the question of what, if anything, happened at the Casino. If there was a separate incident, is it possible that the two officers who apprehended Croud had the wrong man?

MBCA has interviewed eight officers in connection with this case. Only two officers were involved with Croud’s detention; plus potentially the woman Mancini witnessed at the rear of the squad car. Where were the other five officers and what were they doing? If they were at the Casino, how is that incident related to Croud’s? Kienbaum stated that he noticed other officers standing in front of the nearby Norshor Theatre at this time. He didn’t recall how many.

Contrary to the Duluth News Tribune editorial lamenting the lack of a camera in this incident, Fond du Luth Casino has a high quality security camera at the front corner of their building aimed down the sidewalk toward the Croud incident, which occurred of approximately 160-200 feet away. As it was still light outside, careful analyses of the data should help confirm the truth. The Reader has learned that MBCA’s Koneczny has viewed tape.

Many of Duluth’s American Indians are incensed by Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson’s unequivocal support for the officers involved; feeling Bergson’s statement suggests that the outcome of the investigation has been pre-judged by city officials. Bergson previously was a long term police detective, and served as Mayor of Superior. Croud was a member of the White Earth Chippewa tribe.

Duluth Police Chief Roger Waller did not return the Reader’s calls by deadline. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (MBCA) agent Jerome Koneczny declined comment, referring the Reader to David Bjerga; a MBCA agent from Bemidji, who did return our call by deadline,

Croud had a history of over 40 contacts with the police, mostly alcohol related. He leaves behind four children.

http://www.readerweekly.us/issue/341/Robert_Boone.html

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Old 12-06-2005, 07:14 PM   #2
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David Croud Petition

Stop the continual abuse, racism and violence against Native Americans from police departments and other authorities.

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To: Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) & Duluth Police Department
Stop the continual abuse, racism and violence against Native Americans from police departments and other authorities.

On October 12, 2005 David Croud a 29 year old Native American from the White Earth Reservation was beaten by officers from the Duluth Police Department in downtown Duluth, MN. According to reports, Croud was apparently intoxicated and had been harassing patrons at a local casino. Police were called to take Croud to the detox center.

Eye witness accounts state "Croud was passive, it was the police officers that were the aggressive ones" The officers in question slammed Croud into a stone wall a couple of times, then flung him to the pavement. His face was bloody and there was a pool of blood on the pavement. He was then shoved into the police car.

Croud was taken to the St. Mary's Medical Center emergency room, not the detox center. He was in critical condition upon arrival, placed on life support in intensive care and never regained consciousness after going into a coma.

Croud passed away on October 18, 2005.

The question is just because someone is intoxicated, does that mean they deserve to be beaten and die because of it? What right did these eight officers have to take his life?

The eight officers involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave and the case is "under investigation."

The continual racism and violence against Native Americans within the police departments all over the country, must come to a end. These officers should be immediately and permanently removed from duty and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These eight officers should not be receiving special treatment in this case. The eye witnesses have stated the events that took place, the facts are all against the officers in question. Any other individual that committed this crime would already be charged and imprisoned awaiting trail. Instead almost two weeks later, the case is still "under investigation."

Please support this petition and let the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) & Duluth Police Department know that this behavior and lack of immediate action will no longer be tolerated.

The people DEMAND action in this case and these eight officers be prosecuted in a criminal court for their crime. Justice must be served.

Sincerely,

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Memorial Fund for David Croud

Osiyo everyone!

As you all know I have been working towards keeping the David Croud case in front of the public eye. We can not let this be forgotten or let them get away with this continual racism. The family is being represented by the director of MN ACLU and the case is still moving forward. They are also in the process of setting up a independent review board to review the evidence. This is why we need to continue to sign and forward the petition, make people aware of this case and keep it in front of the public eye. They already know that the people of Turtle Island are watching them and lets keep it that way! I don't know about you, but I am not going to let this get swept under the carpet and forgotten!

Also, I asked the family to set up a memorial fund in memory of David. The family has suffered greatly in more ways than one, this tragedy has devastated them financially as well. They also would like to honor David and put a marker at his burial site, but have no funds to do so.

I would like to ask you all to please help this family any way you can, even if it is just a few dollars. Every dollar helps this family in need. You will find the information to the memorial fund below. I know it's the holidays and everyone is tapped out, but lets help our native families when they need it. Especially with the tragic events of loosing a family member in this way and everything they are continuing to endure because of it.

Memorial for David Croud
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Duluth mayor is arrested after crash

I don't recall any understanding and forgiveness for David Croud was he was beaten to death while intoxicated. Bergson stood behind his officers when that happened. Why does he expect sympathy!




Duluth mayor is arrested after crash
Herb Bergson said in a prepared statement that he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after an accident in Wisconsin.
Tom Ford, Star Tribune
Last update: December 10, 2005 at 7:00 PM

Herb Bergson, the first-term mayor of Duluth and a former Superior, Wis., police detective, was arrested Friday night in northwestern Wisconsin on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his car into a highway guardrail.

Bergson was alone in his car, heading to Chicago for a conference on Great Lakes issues, when the crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. on Hwy. 53 near Spooner.

No other vehicles were involved.

He was treated for head lacerations at a nearby hospital, where Wisconsin State Patrol officers arrested him.

He was then booked and released from the Washburn County jail. By Saturday afternoon, he was back home resting with his family.

"I made a terrible error in judgment when I got behind the wheel last night and I regret it deeply," Bergson said in a statement e-mailed early Saturday to several city officials and local media.

The news was troubling to some local leaders.

"I have no tolerance for [drunken driving]," said Duluth City Council member Jim Stauber, who began working on ambulance crews in 1972. "I have seen countless times what it can do."

Stauber said he will want to know what Bergson's blood-alcohol content level was at the time of his crash.

Anthony DeStefano, a Wisconsin state trooper, said that information is not yet available but could become clear after a blood test from Bergson is analyzed or through any criminal charges that could be filed.

"It's always unfortunate when someone in the public eye is ticketed for driving while impaired," said Calvin Haworth of Duluth. He helped found the St. Louis County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

If "Mr. or Mrs. Common Citizen" sees that public figures are not staying off the roads, it's harder to persuade them to do the same, Haworth said.

Bergson could not be reached directly by the Star Tribune.

But he did release a pair of statements Saturday in which he apologized for his behavior.

"I recognize that what I did was wrong. I used poor judgment, and brought shame and embarrassment upon many people I love," he said in the second statement.

He added: "I am human. Thus I have made, and will make, mistakes. I will take the appropriate steps to address this situation and humbly ask for your compassion, your understanding and your forgiveness."

Neill Atkins, a longtime Duluth City Council member, said that at this point, he doesn't think Bergson's arrest would jeopardize or affect his job as mayor.

"I just hope that this is a wake-up call to him," Atkins said.

A tough jobHe noted that Bergson has told Atkins that he sometimes has felt overwhelmed in his first two years as mayor.

In his tenure, Bergson has had to deal with a legal battle over what to do with a 10 Commandments monument that had long rested on the City Hall lawn, and, more recently, with major financial issues over the city's health care benefit obligations for retired employees.

He has also been criticized for strongly backing the actions of Duluth police officers who were involved in an October altercation with a 29-year-old White Earth man. The man died days after the confrontation, and the case is still being investigated.

And in September, Bergson raised eyebrows when he fired the city's chief administrator, Mark Winston, by taping a letter to Winston's office door during a City Council meeting. Bergson then left town on city business.


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I don't recall any understanding and forgiveness for David Croud was he was beaten to death while intoxicated. Bergson stood behind his officers when that happened. Why does he expect sympathy!

"I made a terrible error in judgment when I got behind the wheel last night and I regret it deeply," Bergson said in a statement e-mailed early Saturday to several city officials and local media.

"I recognize that what I did was wrong. I used poor judgment, and brought shame and embarrassment upon many people I love," he said in the second statement.
I have to agree. He needs to take what he says about his own "incident" and think about David Croud. Why didnt the officers treat him the same, as a poor judgement call, public intoxication (if that really was the case). there was no need for that kind of treatment! Bergson is reaping what he sows. Maybe now the general public will see it for what it is. How can a man who is suppose to be an "upstanding citizen" have any credit now. Hopefully this will but more things into the light and correct perspective.
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Exclamation Breathalyzer Test Reveals Mayor Blew Over Legal Limit

Breathalyzer Test Reveals Mayor Blew Over Legal Limit

Dec 13, 2005 - Posted 9:29 a.m., DULUTH – Authorities have released more information regarding Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson's drunken driving arrest last weekend.
According to a report from the arresting officer, Mayor Bergson took a breathalyzer test where he blew a .161, twice Wisconsin's legal limit.

Authorities said the mayor refused a blood test but was given one anyway on orders from the Washburn District Attorney.

The arresting officer said the mayor was not cooperative.

He didn't want to talk or write a statement.

In a separate report from officers on the scene of the accident, a Washburn County Police Sgt. wrote, motorists said Mayor Bergson asked them not to call police.

Authorities said the mayor also initially refused medical help before he was treated.

The mayor has indicated he'll plead no contest to the charges.

A lawyer explained those charges.

“Wisconsin is different from Minnesota,” Steve Olson, attorney from Wisconsin. “In Wisconsin your first offense is not a criminal charge, where in Minnesota it usually is. With Wisconsin with a non criminal charge it’s called forfeiture where you're not facing jail time.”

We spoke with the Washburn District Attorney, who said a first time OWI, or operating a vehicle while intoxicated, offender will pay a fine of $784.

The driver's license is suspended for six months.

Violators usually must take an alcohol or drug assessment to see if further treatment is needed.

The mayor will also likely have to attend a victim's impact panel in which he'll hear stories from people who've lost loved ones because of drunken driving.
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Exclamation Bergsen asked passerby not to call cops!

Bergson asked passersby not to call cops

BY CHUCK FREDERICK AND JOHN MYERS
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson asked passersby not to call police Friday evening following a one-vehicle accident near Spooner that resulted in his citation for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office.

The mayor asked motorists instead to help him push his crashed car off a guard rail along U.S. Highway 53 less than half a mile from Washburn County Highway H. The mayor also refused immediate medical attention, according to Spooner Police Officer DeWayne Olson, who responded to the scene under a mutual aid request.

Olson's information was included in an incident report filed by the Washburn County Sheriff's Office and acquired this morning by the News Tribune. The report was written by Sgt. David G. Dennis of the Washburn County Sheriff's Office.

``My opinion was that Mr. Bergson was possibly intoxicated due to my observation of his eyes, the nature of the accident scene and Mr. Bergson's request to motorists not to call the police,'' Dennis wrote.

Bergson was the driver and lone occupant of the four-door 2002 Mercury registered in his name, the report indicated. The vehicle was a ``total loss,'' Dennis wrote.

Bergson said Monday he won't challenge the charges against him.

``I intend to plead no contest,'' Bergson said in an e-mailed message to the News Tribune. He declined to comment further.

Bergson was southbound on U.S. Highway 53 on his way to a Great Lakes environmental conference in Chicago when his vehicle struck a bridge abutment, left the road and hit a guard rail in the median.

The incident was reported at 6:25 p.m. just north of Washburn County Highway H, Karen Snearly, police communications operator for the Wisconsin State Patrol, said Saturday.

The accident remains under investigation. Bergson's blood alcohol level won't be available for at least two weeks, Trooper Anthony DeSteffano said.

Bergson told the News Tribune via e-mail Saturday that he had hoped to make it as far as Eau Claire, Wis., for the night.

On Monday, Duluth City Council President Donny Ness issued the following statement: ``Of course, I am disappointed and saddened by this development, we cannot excuse the behavior, nor minimize its serious nature. The Mayor has humbled himself before our community, acknowledged his grave mistake, and has asked for forgiveness - I will give him mine and I will do so with a full heart for him and his family.

``I forgive the Mayor so that he knows there are people in this community ready to help him through a difficult time,'' Ness wrote in his statement. ``I also do it for our city, because the issues we face today deserve and require our full attention and focus.

Finally, and most importantly, we all fall short of the Glory of God and as a sinner myself, I cannot turn my back on someone who is asking forgiveness of me when I have asked for, and received, forgiveness from God throughout my life.''

Bergson, a former Superior police officer, was taken to Spooner Health Center by ambulance, where he was treated and then arrested and booked into the Washburn County Jail.

Bergson received a ticket for $784 and must appear in court on Jan. 9, DeSteffano said. If convicted, the mayor would not face jail time but would face mandatory alcohol evaluation and a mandatory loss of license for a period to be determined by the judge.

DeSteffano said the citation is not considered a formal crime under Wisconsin law, such as a misdemeanor or felony, but is considered a ``forfeiture violation.''

Bergson said he wasn't badly hurt.

``I received some facial lacerations and a black eye,'' Bergson told the News Tribune in an e-mail, adding that the incident was handled professionally by the trooper.

Initial reports to the public about the accident came from Bergson. He issued a statement to the media via e-mail early Saturday morning: ``Friday evening, I was involved in a single vehicle accident near Spooner, Wis.,'' he wrote. ``Following the accident, I was charged with operating while intoxicated. I made a terrible error in judgment when I got behind the wheel last night and I regret it deeply. I hope my family, friends, supporters and the citizens of Duluth can find it in their hearts to forgive me.''

Later, in another e-mailed statement released through city communications director Jeff Pappas, Bergson wrote: ``To the citizens of Duluth: I truly regret my actions of Friday, December 9. I recognize that what I did was wrong, I used poor judgment, and brought shame and embarrassment upon many people I love. Jacqui and our two sons have forgiven me and are standing behind me. For that I will be eternally grateful. I am human. Thus I have made, and will make, mistakes. I will take the appropriate steps to address this situation and humbly ask for your compassion, your understanding and your forgiveness.''

Bergson told the News Tribune via e-mail that the incident was an isolated occurrence and that alcohol has not been an issue in his ability to serve as mayor. He said it was his first drunken driving offense and the first major citation other than speeding tickets.

``I have never had problems with alcohol and it has never impaired any decisions as mayor,'' Bergson wrote.

Bergson declined to answer how much he had to drink before the crash and where he had been drinking.

A more detailed version of this story will be published in Tuesday's



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I have to agree. He needs to take what he says about his own "incident" and think about David Croud. Why didnt the officers treat him the same, as a poor judgement call, public intoxication (if that really was the case). there was no need for that kind of treatment! Bergson is reaping what he sows. Maybe now the general public will see it for what it is. How can a man who is suppose to be an "upstanding citizen" have any credit now. Hopefully this will but more things into the light and correct perspective.


Right after the maor got arrested, I spoke with the Croud family, we agreed that this is charma coming back to Bergsen for what he has done to this family. All of these officers involved in beating David to death will also expierence the same at some point in their life......charma always comes back one way or another.

Within the next couple months or so, the Croud family and I are discussing starting a org and a support group for this issue. Will keep you all posted about what happens with it.

All I know is that they all must pay for their crime just as anyone one else would......and justice must be served. I will be in that courtroom when that happens to stand by the family.

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Right after the maor got arrested, I spoke with the Croud family, we agreed that this is charma coming back to Bergsen for what he has done to this family. All of these officers involved in beating David to death will also expierence the same at some point in their life......charma always comes back one way or another.
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That is exactly it. It comes back, call it what you will. Thanks, just keep us updated. And give my regards and condolences to the Croud family and they are in my prayers.

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Wolf Lady (Tamra),

I was wondering if you would be able to help me with making a petition for a racist cartoon. I started a thread a little while ago about it:
http://www.powwows.com/gathering/showthread.php?t=30658

I was considering making one. I think that it would be a good thing, since not everyone wants to write letters but might be willing to sign a petition. Plus u might be able to help get the word out through NDNnews.
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I would like to ask for everyone's support on the petition I generated against police brutality and racism.

If you haven't signed the petition already please take the time to do so

http://www.petitiononline.com/Croud/petition.html

I will be attending a very important meeting in a couple weeks about this issue and would really like to see the sig's above 2000!

Thank you!
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Is there any way to make this a 'sticky' thread? This type of police brutality is far too common and this particular case is at least gaining some attention. It should be one of the first topics at the top of the forum page.
It may also be a good idea to have hardcopies of the petition available for signing at every powwow and First Nations gathering. Surely every NDN in the world would sign it if they had the opportunity. We should be striving for at least a million signatures not a few thousand.
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Marking it as a "sticky" would have to be up to the moderators.....but I agree it would be nice if it was.

I have been working non stop to keep this issue in the public eye and encouraging people to sign the petition....I have been a little disappointed on the amount of sig's so far.....It amazes me that people just cant take the time to support the cause.....with all the racism in Indian Country you would think that there would be several thousand by now instead of just over 1700.

There is a new committe being formed in MN to battle this issue and put a stop to it once and for all. It consists of the American Indian Commission, many of the Tribal chairs, some political parties and a few private individuals such as myself.

So, there are people out there trying to make a difference and help put a end to racism and police misconduct.

Sure hoping to encourage more people to sign this petition.....only takes a minute of your time and every signature does matter. This petition is what started the awareness of this case in the first place...so PLEASE SIGN!

Thank you everyone,
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Angry Update on Croud case 1-30-06

Hi everyone,

The BCA made a formal announcement today in Duluth, MN that the officers involved in the brutal beating of David Croud, will not be criminally charged or prosecuted. They will also be able returning to their jobs. Even though we expected this would be the case it is still hard news to hear, the Croud family is devastated by this decision as you can imagine. I just got off the phone with Jim Croud, it was all I could do to keep from loosing it and crying on the phone. The family has been put through so much tragedy with the loss of David and fighting this corrupt system, they are besides themselves at this point. I keep encouraging him to stay strong and justice will be served, one way or another. We have to continue this fight and not let go, we can not let them win or let them get away with this. We will be filing a civil lawsuit against the police dept, hospital, BCA and several others as the next step.

The tribal committee meeting we have for mid February is going to have a huge impact on this case as well. There are going to be some extremely influential people that are apart of this committee. I really feel that this is going to be a turning point for the system and changes will be made in the policies of police departments. We are not going to stop pushing until that happens.

I ask you all to please pray for the Croud family, they need all the strength they can get at this point. Remember them when you pick up your canupa, during your next lodge, during your prayers. One comment that Jim made to me tonight was that this has been the lowest day of his entire life. I have shed many tears for this family and tonight is no exception. If anyone would like to write a short note to the Croud family with words of encouragement, please send them to me direct off groups and I will make sure to send them to them. I am sure they would really like that, we need to give them a reason to keep going..........please.

If you have not signed the petition PLEASE do it now! I am begging you all...............please show this family the support they deserve. I am printing this petition out for the meeting and every sig counts folks! I will also be creating a petition that can be handed out and signed and mailed back to me. Once I have it created in the next few days, I will be sending them out.

If you are not aware of the Croud case, please see my website. On the homepage there is a section for David Croud and every article that has been done about this case.

HAVE YOU SIGNED THE PETITION YET?
Stop the continual abuse, racism and violence against Native Americans from police departments and other authorities.

http://www.petitiononline.com/Croud/petition.html

Thank you,
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Angry No Criminal Charges in Croud Case

I guess beating someone to death isn't abusive.......you can get away with murder if your a police officer, especailly if the victim happens to be a Native American.......hmmm....lets see ten police officers bashing his head into a brick wall and then the concrete sidewalk...........then tasering him on top of it.........interesting that this is not abusive, I will have to remember that. If the tables were turned you know this sure wouldn't be the case.

I hope these guys rot in hell..............
Tamra

"There was no criminal behavior on the part of the Duluth police department," said Doug Johnson, Washington County Attorney. "I found no abusive behavior that would rise to any level that would cause criticism of the police department," he added.


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Native American Commission Responds


Two members of Duluth's Native American Commission say a civil lawsuit is likely in David Croud's death. Dr. Rober Powless and Tony LaDeaux interjected with questions and comments during Monday's news conference. They still have concerns about what happened the night Croud died. The hospital and the police department have two versions of the story and the commission says they will find the truth. "This is not done. This will definitely have a riple effect more than people realize," said LaDeaux, "well, I'll just say there's a lot of work to do."

Attorney Doug Johnson says there are no signs of racial discrimination in the Croud case, but the Native American Commission is skeptical.


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No Criminal Charges in Croud Case


No criminal charges will be filed against Duluth police in the death of David Croud. The Native American died back in October after an altercation with police in downtown Duluth. "There was no criminal behavior on the part of the Duluth police department," said Doug Johnson, Washington County Attorney. "I found no abusive behavior that would rise to any level that would cause criticism of the police department," he added.

Johnson got involved because of a conflict of interest with St. Louis County attorneys. In Duluth on Monday, he laid out the facts in the case starting with the day police came across Croud near the casino in downtown Duluth. He was combative and got a bloody nose during the arrest. Croud then spit at the officers, so they put what is called a "spit mask" on his face and took him to St. Mary's hospital. "He was eventually put on a gerney and two officers and two hospital staff people continued to hold him down due to his struggling," said Johnson.

No one factor led to Croud's death, said Dr. Thomas Uncini, St. Louis County Medical Examiner. He says it was the excessive amount of alcohol in Croud's system, measuring .315, mixed with a large dose of the drug Haldohl; 15 milligrams administered by St. Mary's hospital staff. "That's a high dose, but it's not of itself a lethal dose," said Dr. Uncini. He adds, there was a lack of supervision at the hospital. Croud was left restrained, face down, wearing a spit mask on a hospital gerney for 30 minutes before he stopped breathing. "You have to watch their airway, you have to watch their vital signs," explained Uncini, "and for some reason, the Haldohl and the alcohol together stopped his heart before they could get monitors in place."

The facts do not call for criminal charges in this case, attorney Doug Johnson said, so any blame beyond his investigation will have to be made in civil court.

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I hope the gookoosh are gonna get sued by the famliy they should take the mayor to court too and sue hime for every he has.
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Please do LoneWolfBunn, the more we can spread the word about this case the better!

We will be doing a press conference tomorrow and making a formal annoucement regarding our next step.

I will post it here once it has been made.

Thank you!!!!
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