Longtime Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is running opposed for the first time in many years. This election he is facing opposition from Minneapolis attorney and DFL endorsed candidate Mark Haase. The two held a candidates forum at North High on Tuesday evening.
Fueling interest in the race is how Freeman has handled two high profile shootings by police officers. Black activists in Minneapolis condemned Freeman’s decision not to charge a pair of Minneapolis police officers in the shooting of Jamar Clark in 2015. The 2017 shooting of Justine Damond by officer Mohammed Noor stirred more controversy for Freeman who did charge the officer. Critics say Freeman was willing to charge a black cop in a case where a white woman was the victim.
Haase is a Coast Guard vet, former family law attorney and lobbyist for the state’s Council on Crime and Justice.