Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Cops, Stops, and Coleman

Nick Coleman has a good column in today's Star Tribune. No, that is not a misprint. Coleman reports on the recent high profile murders without any liberal angst.

Whatever his other faults, Coleman has generally not played the race card on the crime issue. In a 2001 column in the Pioneer Press (paid archives), he relates his experience riding along with the city police:

Payne Avenue, corner of Jenks, 1:35 a.m. on a drizzly Saturday on St. Paul's East Side. Police officer John Linssen has stopped a blue 1987 Chevy that is traveling slowly -- too slowly -- with its bright lights on.. I have been riding with Linssen, playing a ride-along game, trying to guess the driver's race and gender each time Linssen stops an errant motorist. I have been wrong almost every time, sometimes comically.

Give credit where credit is due.

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