Civil rights

Civil rights leaders call for independent investigation of Minneapolis police body camera video

“We are appalled at the blatant disregard for the constitution that these officers have sworn to respect and protect – we demand immediate action, not the usual words,” said Johnathon McClellan, chairman of the Minnesota Justice Coalition.

Body camera video was recorded while a curfew was in place following Floyd’s death.

Sometimes body camera footage shows officers shooting at anyone in sight as they attempt to clear the streets.

“Instead of bringing peace to our community, they added chaos, instead of bringing calm to our city, they terrorized peaceful protesters,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN.

“Due to an ongoing internal investigation, the Minneapolis Police Department is unable to comment,” an MPD spokesperson wrote to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

The new videos released on Tuesday are part of the criminal case against Jaleel Stallings, who was accused of attempting to kill police officers. Stallings was acquitted of all charges earlier this summer after claiming he shot an unmarked van in self-defense.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS requested an interview with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to discuss community activists’ request for city hall officials, but he was told there was no time in his job from time.

“Mayor Frey reviewed the images. The content is infuriating, ”a statement from Frey’s office said. “Under state law, the mayor is limited on what he can say without exposing the city to legal liability or undermining the disciplinary process. He will not trade the responsibility of the officers involved for political expediency.