Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges said Tuesday that they are looking for a leader outside of law enforcement to investigate the arrest of community activist Al Flowers, who says he was beaten over the weekend by city police.
Community activists are standing by one of their own after Al Flowers says he was assaulted by police at his home in south Minneapolis. Flowers was arrested Saturday after police say he didn’t cooperate with them as they issued a search warrant for the arrest of his 16-year-old daughter.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau is asking for people to withhold judgment in the arrest of community activist Al Flowers. Harteau says legally, she can’t talk about the incident that led to Flowers arrest and his claim of police brutality.
Community activist Al Flowers says he could feel every blow given to him by Minneapolis Police officers during an arrest at his home late Saturday night. Flowers was arrested on charges of assaulting an officer after an altercation with police inside his home.
The family of a known local activist says he was beaten and kicked by police this weekend. Al Flowers was just released from the Hennepin County Jail Sunday. A mug shot shows his bruised face and bandaged head.
Janee Harteau is the chief of police in Minneapolis, where she’s trying to stop violence in the city. She told WCCO’s Roshini Rajkumar that currently there are 779 officers on the street, but she would like more.
A YouTube video shows a Champlin Park High School teacher restraining a Somali student after the student had been in a fight with a classmate. Now members of the Somali community are questioning how the school district handled the situation — and are saying the teacher went too far.