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Shooter a police informant.

February 24, 2016

Tomorrow morning’s edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune will report that the current supect in the shooting of Police Officer Jordan Davis has been identified, through court documents, as a police informant working for the police as far back as the 1990s.  This represents an interesting development as it pertains to the fact that earlier today in Minneapolis,  Mr. Deal was charged with two counts of burglary and assault.  The information that he is a police inmformant and was involved in a possible retaliation killing of a individual will set a very dynamic table in the city of Minneapois, especially if it turns out spawn reciprocal killings. 

Posted, Saturday, February 24, 2016, 9 p.m.

Died Sunday, February 15, 2016

We are saddened to report the passing of long time civil rights activist, businessman, and good friend, Leon Rankin. 

We had the privilege of serving with Leon Rankin and later Elmer Childress and the late Nellie Stone Johnson, and others on the Urban League Board of Directors.  We all served together from 1974 – 1989.   Mr. Rankin was one of the most effective organizers within the labor movement in Minnesota for African Americans and others of color.

Leon Rankin was only 1 of 2 African American Certified Master Electricians in the State of Minnesota.  He was respected and often called upon within the labor movement for his advice and recommendations when the Urban League was at the forefront of changing to a positive relationship between organized labor and the African American community.  Mr. Rankin worked closely with Nellie Stone Johnson and long time labor leader and U.S. Commissioner of Veterans Affairs for the State of Minnesota, Elmer Childress.  In fact, Mr. Childress became the first and only African American to serve as the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs in the history of Minnesota. 

Both Mr. Rankin, Ms. Nellie Stone Nelson, and Mr. Cecil Newman, founder and publisher of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, worked together through the Urban League.

He will long be remembered as one of the most successful and effective civil rights leaders in the State of Minnesota.

Our condolences to his family and loved ones, both here and in Mississippi.

Services for Mr. Rankin will be held in the Twin Cities on Saturday, February 21, 2016. 

Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2016, 2 p.m.

Ron hosts “Black Focus” on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis. Order his book, hear his voice, read his solution papers, and read his between columns “web log” at

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