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CAIR announces plans to file complaint in regard to 2018 Minnehaha Regional Park incident

May 24, 2019 06:45 PM

The Council on American–Islamic Relations-Minnesota announced Friday that it is filing a complaint with the Department of Human Rights against the Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board in relation to an inaccurate 911 call at Minnehaha Regional Park in July 2018 that resulted in four innocent Somali American youths in handcuffs.

The organization also announced it would be filing a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Administration Data Practices Office. 

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"We are moving forward with this case because we believe the Minneapolis Park Board Police is acting in bad faith," Jaylani Hussein, director of CAIR-Minnesota, said during a press conference Friday. 

According to Hussein, since the incident, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has failed to provide public information and data regarding what happened. 


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Hussein said CAIR-Minnesota is also exploring other legal options. 

"We believe that this incident could have been dealt with much different response and due care," Hussein said. "We have reached out and done our part to make sure we work with Minneapolis Park Board in order to understand the full scope of the incident and to come to a solution. But we believe since this incident ... Minneapolis Park Board has refused to provide information about this incident and other incidents that have happened that are very similar."

The MPRB issued a statement in response Friday afternoon:

"The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has responded to CAIR's data requests and has provided them with the public data we can legally provide," it read. "We will review and respond timely to any complaints CAIR files with any federal, state or local agency." 

According to police, a 911 caller on July 10, 2018, reported four males holding knives and sticks at the park. The caller said one suspect said he had a gun in his backpack and that the suspects were assaulting the caller's boyfriend.

When police arrived, one officer pointed his gun at the four teens, according to Parks and Rec Police Chief Jason Ohotto. Police found no weapons on the teens.

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