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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Evidence of police brutality

Brutality by the Minneapolis Police Department has been caught on tape. There was no need to punch and kick this man. In the audio, I hear the victim saying, “I don’t want any problem,” “What did I do wrong?” and “I am not resisting!” I hear the cop saying, “This is not a democracy.”


My guess is that the driver had too much to drink and misunderstood the direction to get back in the car, but was sober enough to assert his rights, and fearless enough to challenge the officer.

The cop may argue he was afraid the driver was going to make a run for it. But when backup arrived, we definitely see excessive force. When they have that many cops, they should be able to handcuff a suspect without punching and kicking.

Police Chief Dolan sets the tone for the Minneapolis Police Department. Dolan was appointed by Mayor Rybak, and was approved by Council Members Benson, Colvin Roy, Glidden, Goodman, Gordon, Hodges, Hofstede, Johnson, Lilligren, Samuels, Schiff, and Ostrow.

Let’s do what it takes to get brutality out of the Minneapolis Police Department.


At Sun Aug 16, 03:50:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

Dan Dittmann's blog has more on this, plus a list of council members who have endorsed Rybak: http://www.dandittmann.org/content/mpd-work

At Mon Aug 17, 06:15:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tom Cleland said...

It’s good that Dolan is having the FBI investigate. You can probably guess my reaction. He had no choice this time because it was caught on tape.

Now that the FBI is involved, might the scope of the investigation expand? Will they just provide cover for the MPD? The FBI had Coleen Rowley, but they also promoted the Supervisory Special Agent who messed things up for her.


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