Minneapolis Parks and Rec Police Under Fire for Alleged Mistreatment

July 11, 2018 06:52 PM

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation board and its police department are under fire for alleged mistreatment of four teens Tuesday night at Minnehaha Park. The incident happened around 7:30 and was caught on cell phone video. 

"The images shared on social media were disturbing to watch. Particularly in context of the recent police-involved shooting in the city of Minneapolis," Park board President Brad Bourn said.


Police say a 911 caller reported four males holding knives and sticks at Minnehaha Park. The caller stated one suspect said he had a gun in his backpack and that the suspects were assaulting the caller's boyfriend.

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"I think the preliminary investigation shows that there was some sort of disturbance between an unknown person and the four teens that we ended up encountering. I think the details of the 911 call describing knives and guns are what we need to investigate," Parks and Rec Police Chief Jason Ohotto said.

Ohotto says upon arrival one of his officers did point his gun at the four teens, but no weapons were found. Neither the caller nor her boyfriend stuck around to speak with officers.

Video taken by a woman shows a teen sitting handcuffed without a shirt with another teen. The kid asks several times if he could put his shirt on because of mosquitos biting him but is denied.

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Ohotto said he's going to ask the officers involved why he wasn't allowed to put on his shirt.

Bourn said the video isn't a good look for Parks and Rec and their police department.

"Regardless of where you live in Minneapolis our parks are a safe place for our children," he said.


Todd Wilson

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