When I received a press release a few weeks ago announcing that a new Center for Somalia History Studies had been founded by, among others, former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, I almost could hear something ticking.

After all, controversy seems to stick to Fletcher like a bruise. Without even getting into the obvious, such as the raids prior to the Republican National Committee protests -- which resulted in lawsuits -- Fletcher's knack for ruffling feathers is nearly unmatched in local law-enforcement and political circles.

Things just seem to get complicated when Fletcher is involved, even when he appears to be doing good. For example, when he tried to raise money for the homeless, critics complained that he used the private list of gun permit owners to pitch his fundraiser, which was at a gun range.

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