Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) says, “We should be searching the people that look like the possible people that might be involved in the crime of the day….”
Novstrup originally said his call for racial and ethnic profiling didn’t apply to Nordic types. But the white terrorist cell in Willmar suggests otherwise. Five very white Minnesotans were busted at the end of January for stockpiling drugs and weapons. This week, one of those Willmarians, Chad Lee Monson, was hauled cuffed and shackled to court to face new charges stemming from a second illegal weapons cache found on his property:
According to allegations in the most recent criminal complaint, Kandiyohi County sheriff’s officers and members of the CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force and Minneapolis Bomb Squad, and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a rural property southeast of Willmar where Monson operated his excavating business. In a shed there they found two live PVC pipe bombs with fuses intact; eight machine guns, two of them Uzi models; two short-barreled shotguns of different models; three suppressors; two five-gallon pails containing explosive materials for making explosive devices; various detonators and other ignition devices; and a plastic film container that tested positive for methamphetamine.
The weapons were found in weapons cases, a guitar case, and in pails, according to the allegations.
Monson is not allowed to possess firearms as part of the conditions for his prior arrests.
The complaint alleges that prior to the searches of his property, Monson told an individual that he located the residence of a judge, a prosecutor, and another attorney and intended to use or “plant” explosives in or near those persons’ vehicles or homes [Tom Cherveny, “Pipe Bombs, Machine Guns Seized from Monson’s Business Leading to 16 New Charges,” Willmar West Central Tribune, 2018.02.26].
I can understand why Al might want to sow fear about 40-something white males. But I hope the Willmar terrorist cell helps explain why Novstrup’s definition of “terrorists” as people of “mixed racial background” is wrong and why his call to stop and frisk anyone who looks like any recent arrestee is unworkable, unconstitutional, and racist.