Sheriff's office launches investigation into arrests caught on tape

June 14, 2019 06:11 PM

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office opened an official review of the arrests of two women caught on tape that was shared by the Minneapolis NAACP on Friday.

The cellphone video shows 19-year-old Makala Moore and 20-year-old college student Taylor Kueng arrested on misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process by deputies on May 31st on Nicollet Mall.


NAACP officials called the arrests of the two black women "violently mishandled."

"We want a plan of how the sheriff's office is going to address these issues in a more appropriate way, and how they will ensure their officers never do this again," said Leslie Redmond, Minneapolis NAACP President.

Late this week, the charges against the two women were dropped by the Minneapolis City Attorney's Office after review of the video and reports.

The women said they were eating dinner in downtown Minneapolis when they watched deputies question two strangers who were drinking on Nicollet Mall.

"I thought the arrest was unjust so I decided to speak up and say something," said Makala Moore, who can be seen in cuffs face-down on pavement in the video.

The deputies were working the SafeZone detail in downtown Minneapolis to provide extra law enforcement visibility in the summer.

The sheriff's office said one of the women shouted profanities at the deputies, which kept them from being able to "effectively communicate" with those being questioned or speak with dispatch.

A department news release said the women received "multiple warnings" before they tried to arrest Moore, and Kueng allegedly began to "physically grab the deputy."

"In response to concerns raised by the NAACP, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has opened an official review of this incident," the department wrote in a statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "The HCSO treats all matters of this nature seriously and will thoroughly investigate all formal complaints."

"Something so traumatizing and life-changing," said Kueng. "It was such a surreal experience that even now, weeks later, I'm still trying to wrap my head around how something like this can happen."

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