MPD Addresses Facebook Video Depicting Police Punching Youth

Minneapolis police have an internal investigation underway, Reg Chapman reports (2:18). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 25, 2021

Video Transcript

FRANK VASCELLARO: Minneapolis police have an internal investigation underway.

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: It comes after a video surfaced showing officers involved in an incident with a group of Black teenagers. Parts of the interactions between officers in the crowd were caught on video. It happened after a violent felony carjacking in New Hope and a chase that ended in North Minneapolis. WCCO's Reg Chapman has more.

ELI DARRIS: He got to go. He got to go.

REG CHAPMAN: Their demands were made loud and clear. Angry at the alleged actions of police during an incident involving teenagers in North Minneapolis.

ELI DARRIS: We saw a young person brutalized and dehumanized, right? We saw something that we would never see [INAUDIBLE]

REG CHAPMAN: Video shows only one part of the incident. Witnesses say an officer took a swing and connected with a teenage boy who was already restrained by other officers.

ELI DARRIS: And then as he laid on the ground, and more dehumanization.

REG CHAPMAN: Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo says an internal investigation is underway into what happened, and he is limited on what he can say about the incident.

CHIEF MEDARIA ARRADONDO: A violent felony carjacking occurred in the city of New Hope. Eventually that vehicle was picked up by Robbinsdale police department. It made its way into Minneapolis.

REG CHAPMAN: The vehicle was stopped in the 3200 block of James Avenue North. The suspect was caught by officers. What happened next is under investigation. But we do know is a call for help was made by officers at the scene and residents in that area told them the teen they were trying to put in the squad was not involved.

MICHELLE GROSS: These youth were clearly not the correct youth and people repeatedly, you can see on the video, attempted to clear that up and just say, these are not the correct youth.

REG CHAPMAN: This group wants the officers involved, fired.

CHIEF MEDARIA ARRADONDO: Allow us the time to conduct a thorough investigation.

REG CHAPMAN: Arradondo says internal affairs began pulling reports and securing body camera video as well as other video from the incident, as part of its investigation. At this moment, he says no body camera video will be released to the public, but he believes the lead inspector in North Minneapolis will make sure every concern from the community is addressed.

CHIEF MEDARIA ARRADONDO: They have a wonderful leader in Inspector Adams over there. We will not-- he will not shy away from having tough conversations.

REG CHAPMAN: Reg Chapman, WCCO 4 News.

- The Minneapolis Police officers involved in the incident continue to work while the internal investigation moves forward.