Police release bodycam footage of fatal south Minneapolis shooting

Body camera footage of a fatal police shooting on Dec. 31, 2020, in south Minneapolis. Photo: City of Minneapolis. Body camera footage of a fatal police shooting on Dec. 31, 2020, in south Minneapolis.

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Updated: January 01, 2021 10:38 PM
Created: December 31, 2020 03:55 PM

Thursday afternoon, Minneapolis Police released body camera footage showing the fatal shooting of a man in south Minneapolis.

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The shooting happened at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday at a Holiday gas station near East 36th Street and Cedar Avenue. Police said officers were engaged in a traffic stop with a felony suspect when gunfire was exchanged and the suspect was struck. While police have not yet identified the man, who died at the scene, a person who said he's the victim's father identified the man as 23-year-old Dolal Bayle Idd.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Thursday listed Idd's cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.

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The body camera video shows officers that were part of a Community Response Team — a unit that often deals with higher risk crimes and situations — with guns drawn and aimed at a white car, and officers are heard yelling for the people in the vehicle to put their hands up. After the car backs up and then drives forward into two Minneapolis Police squad vehicles, officers are heard shouting more commands for the occupants to put their hands up, and then a single gunshot is heard and a hole is seen in the front driver's side window of the white car. After another second, several gunshots are fired into the driver's side of the car, and the driver's door window is seeking breaking. About a dozen shots can be heard before the 27-second video stops.

Police said no officers were injured in the incident.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said the officers were involved in a probable cause weapons investigation at the time but didn't have other details to provide.

The chief said, from his first viewing of the video and the information provided by witnesses, he believes "my officers were reacting to that deadly threat." He noted there will be an investigation into whether or not that level of force was necessary but said officers are trained to react and respond when they encounter gunfire.

He added that he believes the video shows the man in the vehicle fire the first gunshot before officers returned fire. Arradondo said a weapon was recovered at the scene.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is currently investigating.

Only one officer's body camera footage was released. The city's website says, "While the investigation and any subsequent prosecution or appeal are active, other footage is not available to the public and it will not be posted [online]."

Arradondo and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey held a press conference regarding the shooting and the body camera video on Thursday afternoon. Click the video box below to see that.

"Gun violence has gripped our city and today is no exception," Frey said. The mayor said he hopes the quick release of the body camera video will help show some of the city's commitment to truth and transparency.

The BCA also released the following statement Thursday night:

"The BCA and Hennepin County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on December 30 at an Eden Prairie residence related to the BCA's ongoing investigation of the Minneapolis incident. Hennepin County sheriff's deputies entered first to secure the home, during which time (approximately 15 minutes) adults inside the home were placed in flexible handcuffs (in front of their body). Once the home was secured, BCA agents entered the home, removed the handcuffs and the warrant was executed. Because this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time."

On Friday, the BCA clarified that statement to say it was contacted to investigate the shooting on Dec. 30 but the warrant was actually executed shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 31.

People gathered at the corner of East 36th Street and Cedar Avenue on Thursday night to honor Idd’s life.

It was organized by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Executive Director Jaylani Hussein told the crowd that the BCA's actions at the home further traumatized the family.

"They came in there with rifles and guns, they literally terrified this family," he said.

Hussein called for a transparent, independent investigation into the shooting.

“The reality that we are standing a few blocks from where this early May George Floyd was killed, I don’t think is an accident,” Hussein said. “I think it’s a reality of what we’re living in.”

He called the video of the shooting inconclusive and wants to see all video related to the incident immediately released.

“We are angry right now, we are frustrated right now because we said 'No' after George Floyd was killed but it didn’t take that long before another body fell,” he said. “They have no de-escalation efforts at all.”

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, however, said procedures were followed during the execution of the search warrant and said "deputies acted professionally and politely."

About 100 people attended the vigil before marching around the block, protesting the shooting.

“I’m sorry for the family, I am truly sorry,” Clifton Thomas, of Plymouth, said. “You wish things like this could be prevented.”

He hopes moving forward there can be more of a dialogue with police.

“I think we need to hear each other out,” Thomas said. “I know it’s rough on the police themselves, it’s a hard job to do but you have to have some compassion with what you’re doing. Nobody needs to lose their life, they just don’t need to lose their life.”

NOTE: The body camera video can be seen by clicking the video box below. WARNING: It is graphic and may be unsettling for some viewers.


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