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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

For the last year, thanks to the hard work of all of our staff, and you, our clients, no one who works at this office has gotten Covid while working here, and we have not spread a single case to any of our clients, while getting all of our client's legal needs taken care of. With the spread of vaccination the end is in sight, normal times where we can meet our clients in person in the office are just around the corner.

During the transition we will be having some in person, in office appointments for clients who have already been vaccinated, and for whom the CDC recommended period of time has passed since their last shot. Of course, for anyone who would prefer a phone or video appointment for safety, convenience, or any other reason those types of appointments are always available.

For our clients who have not yet completed the vaccination cycle phone and video appointments are of course available, and, with the return of warm weather we will again be offering outside appointments under the tent right outside our front door. For all appointments, masks will continue to be required.

Through the transition safety of all staff and clients will continue to be our top priority, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please see our blog for more info on pandemic response.

ACCOUNTABILITY MATTERS

| Jun 1, 2020 | Firm News

Minnesota made itself famous in the worst way with what may be the worst killing of a civilian by law enforcement in recent memory.  Law enforcement is one of the most important and difficult jobs in this country.  I have worked with and known dozens of law enforcement officers in my career, and have found the vast majority to be decent, hard working people.  The job is tough, police officers have some of the highest rates of depression and suicide of any occupation in this country.  Officers are expected to deal with a variety of problems and messes that the rest of us do not want to handle.

Like all other occupations, law enforcement also has some bad officers, the bad officers are often not held accountable.  City leaders, police chiefs, fellow officers often do not want to make waves, do not want to be seen as snitches, they let the bad officers keep doing what they are doing.  Too often, elected county attorneys know who the bad officers are, but they keep working with them and supporting them, pushing cases in court that they know are based on bad police work with an eye to getting re-elected in the next election cycle.  Our state agency that licenses police officers, the POST board is next to useless, almost never taking action against out of control officers.  The officer who killed a civilian this week, acting more like a Nazi Stormtrooper than a licensed peace officer, had numerous complaints against him, was known to be violent, out of control by anyone who worked with him, why was he still in uniform?  Those who think they are supporting law enforcement by allowing terrible cops to remain on the job are doing the exact opposite.  Allowing anyone in uniform to abuse their authority, to kill civilians, to arrest people based on bogus charges, to lie in court undermines respect and support for all officers, and the rule of law.  All of us, and, more than anyone else the honest, decent majority of law enforcement officers need the bad officers to be held accountable, removed from law enforcement, and prosecuted when they have committed crimes.

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