The raid comes after the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office raided a location in St. Paul late last night. The raids in Minneapolis this morning are reportedly also being done by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office. Please note Minneapolis is in Hennepin County. The UpTake has video of last night’s raid and has people on the scene of this mornings raids. This is video of a house at 3500 Harriet from Ken Avidor.
Transcript of Carla Magnuson- NLG Attorney National Lawyers Guild and staff organizer
So in preparation for the RNC, there was a theater on the west side of St. Paul on smith avenue that was rented for the purposes of organizing . It was raided last evening during a concert. The attendees at the concert were detained, questioned and then released.
This morning we woke to calls saying multiple activists houses were being raided. We think that the two raids are connected. The raids of the three different houses occurred two in south minneapolis, one in Seward. They are all known houses of people doing radical organizing. We have at least at one site requested to see a warrant and none was provided. They are questioning people in the houses. Several people in the houses are visitors from out of town. And right now we have both National Lawyers Guild attorneys and legal workers and legal observers on all three sites. So we’re currently collecting statements from the people who have been raided. And there’s going to be a mass community meeting at Powderhorn park today at 11:30 AM. And we’re hoping everyone can make it because this is outrageous behavior on the part of the