Good morning and welcome to Tuesday. Here’s the Digest.
1. FBI uses Facebook posts in refugee deportation case.The investigation and arrest of an Iraqi refugee in Rochester, Minn., last year provide a rare window into how federal investigators use Facebook and other social media tools to identify targets and establish connections. The FBI had been investigating the refugee, Farass Ali, 34, since early last year for allegedly making a false statement to its investigators. But the agency never arrested Ali or charged him with any crime. As part of its investigation, the FBI began surveilling Ali’s Facebook account last spring. Within a few days investigators found a photo of ISIS fighters on his Facebook page. That same day — May 10, 2017 — agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested him. Ali, who came to the United States as a refugee in January 2014 and whose application for legal permanent residency was approved in July 2015, is now facing deportation to the country he fled more than four years ago. (MPR News)
2. Minneapolis police to carry anti-overdose drug. Minneapolis police want every officer to be trained by the end of the year in how to administer a medication called Narcan, which can reverse an opioid overdose. The program is rolling out as the city faces a big increase in reported overdoses in the first few months of 2018. Fifteen Minneapolis officers were the first to learn how to administer Narcan, which is also known as naloxone, at a training at the American Indian Center in south Minneapolis. They’ll be followed by about 100 more officers in the next two weeks. Mayor Jacob Frey said equipping officers is just the first step in a comprehensive response to opioids in the city, which he says will include expanding access to treatment options.