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70 Dangerous Items Taken From People at Suburban Courts

The prohibited items were taken during the first week of weapons screening at Brookdale, Southdale and Ridgedale courts.

After installing at three Hennepin County suburban court locations on April 23, including in Minnetonka, about 70 items were taken so far from people entering the courts.

In the first week of weapons screening at Brookdale, Southdale and , over 3,000 people passed through screening checkpoints. The 70 items removed from people included knives, box cutters, sharp items, nail clippers and mace.  

The Sheriff’s Office had urged the added safety measure due to violent incidents and threats that have occurred statewide and nationwide in courthouses.

Kim May 01, 2012 at 01:09 PM
What a waste of resources. Fingernail cutters?? Forks??? Winebottle openers??many tradesmen carry jacknives and boxcutters for their work. Seriously what a waste of time and money once again by the over anxious people in this world.
Yankee Prepper May 01, 2012 at 09:08 PM
HOLY CRAP!!! Did you see the size of that FORK!!! Someone could have eaten someone else with that thing.....whew....serious crime being avoiding here. I for one, welcome our new draconian police state and personally love to lick stormtrooper boots.
joshua1776 May 07, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Everytime I'm in court I'm so nervous that someone will stab me with toenail clippers or eat me with a fork! Thank god we are spending thousands if not millions to prevent me from being a victem of canibalism or have my nails clipped to death! Thanks big brother for protecting us!!!!
Heather G May 08, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I'll make sure I check my Taco Bell Fire Sauce packets at the door. I could chemically blind someone with that stuff! In all seriousness, I guess I get it. It's a dangerous world out there, with a bunch of flippin' idiots, and a courthouse is a place where the ratio of violent jerks to normal folks might be a bit askew. And where do you draw the line of what's something you can just nip your hangnails with to something that can kill, or at least inflict pain on, your ex who you have a gripe with over an ugly custody hearing?
Nathan May 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
A person could kill another person with a shoelace as easy as with just about anything in this picture. Hell a lot of people out there could kill you with their bare hands. So should we all go into court barefoot, warring straight jackets? Life is dangerous people no one gets out of it alive.

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