Recently released video shows Minneapolis police officers cheering and clenching fists while “hunting” for protesters and firing rubber bullets at them during last year’s civil unrest.
Video shows officers celebrating each other and using non-lethal force while enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew imposed in response to the killing of George Floyd by former MPD officer Derek Chauvin five days ago. collide with each other.
In a new video released this week, posted by a Minnesota reformer, a protester shouts: “We are unarmed! This is America. We can say whatever we want!”
“Go home,” shouted an officer from afar, before they began firing non-lethal rounds at the person.
“It’s nice to hear tonight ‘We’re going to find some more people.’ Instead of chasing people around, we are going to hunt,” one MPD officer tells another in another video.
“You guys are hunting people now, it’s a nice change of pace,” the official continues.
“F—k these guys,” he said.
In another video clip, an officer says, “I’d love to scatter [the protesters] But now it’s time to jail 100 people and prove the mayor wrong about his out-of-state white supremacist,” citing the claim of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey at the time.
The same official concluded that the group of protesters is “probably predominantly white as there is no looting and fire.”
The footage was released by the courts as part of a criminal case against Jalil Stallings, a St. Paul man accused of trying to kill officers during a protest, when he was struck by a rubber bullet. A real shot was fired at the officers.
The 29-year-old Stallings of St Paul, who argued he acted in self-defense, said he fired three handcuffs at an unmarked white van after being killed by rubber bullets, believing he was attacked by civilians. had gone.
Court documents show that he surrendered after realizing that the police were firing, while no officer was injured. Stallings was facing two counts of attempted second-degree murder, multiple counts of assault, and other charges.
Stallings was acquitted of all charges in September.
The department told local news that it could not comment on the incident while it was being investigated internally.
Frey’s office said the mayor had seen the video “incorrect”.
“Under state law, the mayor is limited in what he can say without exposing the city to legal liability or undermining the disciplinary process. He will not trade the accountability of the officials involved for political gains,” the mayor said. the office said in a statement to KSTP.