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Student demonstrators in the rainy weather protesting outside of Coffman Memorial Union on Tuesday.
Photos from April 23 protests
Published April 23, 2024

Man found passed out with child

The child wore a soiled diaper and was covered in a rash.

.Police found the man asleep on a bench on the Washington Avenue Bridge. The 1-year-old child was in a stroller next to the man, according to a police report.

The man was intoxicated and police tried four times to wake him up, University Deputy Police Chief Steve Johnson said.

The man had been feeding the child Mello Yello and a crushed cookie, Johnson said.

Johnson said the child’s diaper was soiled and had been worn for a long time. Eczema covered the child’s body, Johnson said.

Police took the man to Hennepin County Jail for child endangerment and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to the report.

The child was taken to Children’s Hospital. After treatment, the child was taken to a foster care shelter in St. Paul, according to the report.

“Fortunately the police intervened in this situation rather than something tragic happening to the child,” Johnson said.

Disorderly Conduct

University Police cited a 58-year-old University employee for disorderly conduct at the West Bank Office Building on Wednesday.

The woman was upset with her boss and started yelling and threatening her, Johnson said.

The boss left the office, and the woman followed her and continued to scream in front of a crowd of employees, Johnson said.

No one was injured.

Aggressive solicitation

Police cited a 44-year-old Minneapolis resident for aggressive solicitation near Comstock Hall on Sunday.

The man admitted to being intoxicated, according to a report.

When police approached the man and asked him what he was doing he responded, “Begging. I can because it’s legal.”

Johnson said there is a difference between asking for money and trying to intimidate people.

“It is legal to beg, but not to aggressively panhandle or block the sidewalk,” Johnson said.

The man has been cited multiple times in the past for panhandling, according to reports.

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