Minneapolis Parks Police Department officers pulled their guns and handcuffed four black teen boys who were walking through the Minnehaha Regional Park on July 10.
The cops were answering a bogus 911 call, notes the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. The 911 caller claimed the boys threatened her boyfriend and said one of boys had a gun in his backpack, which was not true.
The caller and her boyfriend refuse to speak to police, prompting Minneapolis Parks Department Police Chief Jason Ohatta to say “at this point, there is a chance some of that information was fabricated.”
Facebook user Brianna Lindell posted the video of the incident and a caption:
Today at Minnehaha Falls cops drew guns on 4 black kids ages probably ranging from 9-12. When my partner and I arrived the kids were being harassed by a young white guy, who appeared to be around 17 years old.
He was spouting racial slurs at them and aggressing them with a metal trash can lid and saying he had a knife. A girl with him was on her phone, I’m assuming with police. Some people near by approached and seemed to deescalate the situation.
We walked further and heard shouting and when we came back around we saw a squad car. Two of the children were handcuffed and in front of the squad car. One was begging for his shirt on the ground because he was being bitten by mosquitos.
My partner tossed him his shirt and a cop jumped out of the squad car and started yelling at us that we were interfering with an arrest. I asked the cop why he was arresting the kids as they’d done nothing wrong and he said they had received a call that the kids had a gun.
We were approached by the people who had been deescalating earlier who told us that both cops had jumped out of their cars, guns already drawn, with the guns right in the children’s faces.
The family was also black and the mother said her and her son had ran and hid when the police arrived because they were waving their guns around. Her little boy kept asking if they were going to be arrested too.