Monday, August 17, 2009

Minneapolis Police Caught Beating, Kicking Suspect - Video

Minneapolis police have been accused of beating a suspect while apprehending him. In the following video several Minneapolis officers are seen punching Derryl Jenkins of Brooklyn Center, MN, repeatedly and are also seen kicking him as well while he was being held face down in the snow during a traffic stop.

Arresting officer Richard Walker said Jenkins smelled of alcohol and was uncooperative. Since both Jenkins and Walker are both African American, race is not an issue in this incident.

This video is an abbreviated version of the original, and is embedded from the Associated Press:

Minneapolis police Chief Tim Dolan stated that he was concerned about the officers kicking the suspect. In fact the video, which was taken by police car dashcams, prompted Chief Dolan to ask the FBI to investigate the incident, which is a very unusual request for a Minneapolis police chief.

The second video is a report on the incident by a local reporter. About 54 seconds into the video a small box will appear on the screen highlighting one of the police officers kicking Jenkins:

The Minneapolis police Internal Affairs unit has determined that the police seen in this video did nothing wrong even though kicking a suspect is behavior that is not sanctioned by the police. Internal Affairs determined that the officers' behavior was appropriate for the situation.

Despite the Minneapolis Police Department's determination that the officers did nothing wrong, the Hennepin County Attorney's office decided to dismiss all charges against Jenkins "in the interest of justice" and reinstated Jenkin's drivers license.

Jenkins had been charged with fourth degree assault and refusal to take a breathalyzer test. In Minnesota refusal to take a breathalyzer test results in automatic suspension of your drivers license, which means that any police officer has the power to take away your license merely by saying you refused a breathalyzer test.

This next video is the complete unabridged version of the incident and was distributed by Derryl Jenkin's lawyer Paul Edlund:

Some officers sent each other text messages after the incident, one of which called the incident "a good fight."

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