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UMPD releases squad car footage in response to incident involving a student leader

The student alleges that UMPD officers racially profiled him.
A screenshot from UMPD vehicle footage on Monday, Feb. 1.

The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety released footage from a squad car on Wednesday in response to community accusations that officers racially profiled and harassed a student. 

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Feb. 1, UMPD approached a student who they believed may have fit the description of a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred earlier that night. 

A student government leader who is a person of color reported that he was approached by UMPD cars as he was walking through Dinkytown. The student believes he was stopped by police because of his race. The Minnesota Daily is not naming the person at this time due to his concerns of retaliation.

The student was wearing a dark jacket. According to the student, a white male with a black coat was also nearby.

An officer can be heard saying, “It’s a white male, dark hoodie, but he doesn’t have a mask.” It is unclear if the officer is referencing a person on the sidewalk or the suspect’s description. 

A few seconds later, police cam footage shows the police vehicle turning the corner of Fifth Street Southeast and 11th Avenue Southeast with lights flashing. The student was then stopped and questioned by two police officers, according to UMPD.

“If I would have left the situation, what would have happened?” the student said. “I am so tired of the police terrorizing students.”

The student alleges that officers exited their vehicles with their “hands on their guns” and described feeling cornered. 

“We just had a robbery of a person and you kinda match the description, as far as someone wearing a dark hoodie,” said an officer in the footage. 

In the video, the student tells officers he is a University of Minnesota student and offers to show his student identification. An officer then says he believes the student and that he was “good to go.”

The interaction has prompted a campus-wide response, including from student organizations like Students for a Democratic Society, which called on Joan Gabel and the Board of Regents to condemn UMPD’s “acts of profiling, escalation and terror.”

In an email reviewed by the Minnesota Daily, UMPD Lt. Troy Buhta responded to the student stating that video footage of the incident “does not fit the narrative” of the student’s complaint.

This is a breaking news report. More information may be added as it becomes available.

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  • youmayberight
    Feb 18, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    The irony is that the person went public in an attempt to hold UMPD officers accountable. But he doesn’t want to be held accountable for what he did. And the Daily protects the person’s identity. (Though, of course, since he had publicly posted his made-up story on Instagram, his name is out there.)

  • Ms. Lorna
    Feb 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    Another person of color lying about the police. There’s a shock. He’s also an idiot…..walking around campus late at night is a great way to get robbed (or worse) by other persons of color.

  • bless us all
    Feb 14, 2021 at 11:34 am

    he shown himself to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing..

  • bless us all
    Feb 14, 2021 at 11:33 am

    the ‘newspaper’ needs to make it HEADLINE news -not last page as a small print-the Correction and undo the inaccurate–FALSE FABRICATED FAKE– reported event.. and now!

  • Christine Cuneo
    Feb 11, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    “The demand for racism massively outstrips the supply, hence hoaxes and lies proliferate.”
    Excellent summary

  • WhatHaveWeDone
    Feb 10, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    If these ‘people’ are not PROSECUTED, they will continue with this crape and they WILL snag many honest officers, who aren’t fortunate enough to have high-enough quality video/audio to prove their innocence. This has to be STOPPED, and it’s stopped by locking up these people…not looking the other way.

  • djvd
    Feb 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm


  • djvd
    Feb 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    This type of personality.. probably cheats on his exams TOO ! EXPEL!!

  • S_Mosby
    Feb 10, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Actually, yes

  • Judith Demaestri
    Feb 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    He is the kind of trash that will always lie…..whether it is necessary or not .

  • S_Mosby
    Feb 10, 2021 at 10:43 am

    HAHAH mfker got EXPOSED
    In all seriousness though there has to be a way to put AN END to this victimhood mentality running rampant in colleges and universities. This can’t end well for anybody.

  • Bill Batson
    Feb 10, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Exactly, if it were the other way the officer would be fired. A message for students needs to be sent; lie and youll be expelled.

  • 30yearlawman
    Feb 10, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Idiotic liberal kid.

  • Obdurate Verity
    Feb 10, 2021 at 10:01 am

    The guy should at least be stripped of his “student leadership” position for this. He lied and he did so intentionally.

  • Randy Majestic
    Feb 8, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Why is the student not expelled for blatantly lying? Double standard?

  • zipity
    Feb 8, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Well, it hasn’t hurt Jussie Smollett.

    Clearly, if you are a Liberal, you are immune from prosecution for these types of despicable hoaxes.

  • BillPasadena
    Feb 8, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Being a victim of the police is profitable.

    “The fundraiser was created by Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, and has accumulated more than $13,400,000 in donations at the time of this article’s publication. “

  • ronchris
    Feb 8, 2021 at 10:41 am

    The demand for racism massively outstrips the supply, hence hoaxes and lies proliferate.

    Good Summary of the video: First, when they stopped the guy to talk to him, the officers thought he was white. Second, the officers couldn’t possibly have been more mellow and polite. Third, the student was so traumatized that he asked the officers to give him a ride. They politely declined, since they were still looking for an armed robbery suspect. – Powerline blog.

  • Killer Marmot
    Feb 7, 2021 at 12:59 am

    Cameras are everywhere. If you lie about a public occurrence, someone will have evidence showing otherwise, and you’ll get to be a youtube sensation.