Is violence against police really on the rise?

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Greta Kaul In a commentary published in the Star Tribune Wednesday, Minneapolis Police union president Lt. Bob Kroll took aim at statements made by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman regarding the circumstances of the shooting by a Minneapolis Police officer of Minneapolis woman Justine Damond. Earlier in the week, Freeman, speaking to Minneapolis residents at a neighborhood forum, said of the shooting, “It didn’t have to happen. It shouldn’t have happened.” After an audience member asked Freeman why the officer involved in the shooting, Mohamed Noor, wasn’t in jail as, the person contended, a civilian would be after such a shooting, Freeman said he hadn’t thought about it that way before. Kroll called the county...

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