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Minneapolis man alleges excessive force, unlawful arrest in lawsuit against two police officers

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday alleges two Minneapolis police officers violated the constitutional rights of a man who was filming them with his cellphone by shoving him to the ground and then wrongfully jailing him to hide their conduct.

Body-camera video from the April 22, 2022, incident shows the officers on a rainy street in south Minneapolis asking for Said Abdullahi to move out of the street. One of the officers, identified in the civil complaint as Daniel Barlow, pushes Abdullahi. The second officer, Sergio Villegas, approaches from behind and shoves Abdullahi, sending him toppling backwards to the street.

"Hey!" shouts Abdullahi, as the other officer grabs his wrist. "Stop assaulting me!"


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