Oct 6, 2021 - News

Body cam videos show Minneapolis police behavior during 2020 protests

Body camera footage of two Minneapolis police officers pounding fists.

Two Minneapolis police officers pound fists after one says he hit a protestor with a rubber bullet. Image: Body cam footage obtained by Minnesota Reformer

On the fifth night after George Floyd's murder, Minneapolis police officers grew militant with protesters out after curfew, according to new body camera footage obtained by the Minnesota Reformer.

Details: The footage, the last to be released by an attorney representing Jaleel Stallings, shows officers hunting people, celebrating direct hits on protesters with less lethal rubber bullets and insinuating that only people of color were looting and starting fires.

Context: The Reformer previously released videos showing officers in an unmarked white van firing upon Stallings, an Army veteran.

  • Stallings fired back with a pistol he had a permit for, and later told investigators he thought the men were white supremacists and surrendered when he found out they were officers. The video shows the officers beating Stallings as he laid on the ground.
  • Stallings was later charged and acquitted of attempted murder.

What they're saying: Mayor Jacob Frey's critics, including TakeAction Minnesota and opponent Kate Knuth, said the videos show a need for change atop the city in November.

  • Frey called the videos "galling" in a statement, but said he's limited on what more he can say due to legal issues.

What's ahead: No officers involved in the unrest have been disciplined — except for one who violated MPD policy by speaking to a reporter anonymously, according to the Reformer.

  • Multiple class action lawsuits against the city are pending, including one brought by journalists.
  • An outside review of the police response is also being conducted by a Chicago firm, the Reformer reports.

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