Criminal behavior

Did off-duty Minneapolis cops break the laws they’re charged to enforce?

The University of Minnesota community should be alarmed if what KMSP Fox9 recently reported about off-duty Minneapolis police officers going on a drunken foray in Northeast Minneapolis, a neighborhood on the outskirts of campus, is accurate. The station reported on August 31st that after a softball game against Minneapolis firefighters in Northeast Park, Minneapolis police officers got kicked out of 22nd Avenue Station , a strip club, because the bouncer deemed them too intoxicated to enter. According to Fox9, officers tried to intimidate the bouncer by flashing their badges, one officer even urinated on the building âÄî which was caught on surveillance camera. The officers reportedly then went to MayslackâÄôs Bar , where they allegedly intimidated patrons and assaulted a man outside the bar. Witnesses told the station they heard a gunshot. In interviews with The Minnesota Daily, employees of both bars declined to comment about the incidents. When asked about the accuracy of the Fox9 report, Minneapolis Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia said in an interview that he could not comment about it because the Minneapolis Police DepartmentâÄôs internal affairs unit was investigating the incident. Garcia added that the softball team âÄúcalling themselves Minneapolis PoliceâÄù was not sponsored or funded by the MPD or by the city of Minneapolis. Then, when asked whether the internal affairs unit would investigate an incident involving people who were not Minneapolis police officers, Garcia said, âÄúClearly, itâÄôs some police officers.âÄù As members of the University community, we call on Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan to publicly address the incident in Northeast Minneapolis. We want to know whether the same officers who arrest University students for public urination, assault and disorderly conduct are guilty of those very crimes. Citizens should not have to walk Minneapolis streets in trepidation of the same officers responsible for their protection.