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Minneapolis police investigating officer's punching of teen during tense clash amid angry civilians

 

March 26, 2021

ELIZABETH FLORES • liz.flores@startribune.com

Elizer Darris of the Minnesota Freedom Fund at a news conference and rally Thursday demanded the immediate removal of an officer being investigated in the punching of a teenager.

A Minneapolis Police Department internal affairs investigation is underway after an officer was caught on video punching a teenager Wednesday evening.

A portion of the clash between officers and civilians was recorded on video as it unfolded near N. 32nd and James avenues following a police pursuit of a carjacking involving multiple suspects that began in New Hope and sliced through Robbinsdale before reaching north Minneapolis, said Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

A grassroots activist group released a nearly four-minute video on Facebook of the incident and contended that while one Black teenager was being arrested, "five officers surrounded another Black teenager, with two of them holding him, and another large white male police officer winding up and taking a full swing punch to the teenager's head."

https://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-investigating-officer-s-punching-of-teen-during-tense-clash-amid-angry-civilians/600038530/

 

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