Edina City Council Meets for First Time Since Controversial Video

October 19, 2016 05:20 AM

The Edina City Council met Tuesday night for the first time since the video of a police officer detaining a pedestrian went viral.  5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first aired the video last Friday.

It started with Larnie Thomas walking on the side of Xerxes Avenue and Lt. Tim Olson grabbing his arm. Thomas was detained, but the citation is now being dropped.


RELATED: Citation Issued to Pedestrian Stopped by Edina Officer Dismissed

The regular agenda was pushed aside to address the video.

The mayor, Jim Hovland, had the first word, but dozens of speakers had the last words.

The police report states the stop was for safety reasons, but others at the meeting insist it was racially motivated.

There were more people than seats available at city hall.

"One thing we can't deny here is Officer Olson maintained his calm and we didn't have a situation turn into a really bad situation like has happened in so many places in the world," Hovland said.

Hovland said the city will review policies, look for reforms and retrain officers.


Brent Palm & Beth McDonough

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