MINNEAPOLIS (April 3, 2015) — The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) on Friday called on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate a video of a Minneapolis, Minn., police officer apparently threatening to break the legs of a suspect if he attempted to escape.
The video, which was recorded by one of those involved in the incident, was posted on Twitter. In the video, the officer tells one suspect: “Plain and simple, if you (expletive) with me, I’m gonna break your legs before you get a chance to run.”
When one youth asks why he is being arrested, the officer responds: “Because I feel like arresting you.”
The original Tweet of the video is posted on the witnesses Twitter page at:
The Minneapolis Police Department is conducting a police internal affairs investigation of the incident. No news releases or statements were issued regarding the incident from the MPD or the City of Minneapolis.
“This type of troubling incident only serves to harm the trust that is necessary between law enforcement officers and the community they serve and protect,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “The Department of Justice should open an independent investigation of this case.”
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.