Al Flowers case prompts protest at MPD's 3rd Precinct

(Photo: Hennepin County jail)

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and police chief Janee Harteau say there will be an independent investigation of an incident where police injured community activist Al Flowers. He was in a violent encounter with police when they came to his home to arrest Flowers’ teenage daughter. Flowers says he asked to see a warrant for her arrest, and a scuffle broke out. [Audio below]

"Once they attacked, I felt every blow," Flowers said. “I got stomped.”

The case is being held up by critics of the Minneapolis police department as evidence of their claim that the force routinely brutalizes residents.

A group of about fifty people rallied outside the third precinct police station at Lake Street and Minnehaha. KFAI’s Rico Morales was there.

Related: Flowers incident rekindles fear and frustration for Minneapolis' black community (Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost, 2014)

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  • Its his constitutional right to ask to see a warrant especially when they coming to your house. The police beat that man for exercising his right to make sure they had valid reasons for the warrant. The police has no respect for the black community and for a black life. Real life k k k hiding behind the blue suit. They trying to brake him down to stop him from doing good in the community which is so very needed especially now. My heart and prayers goes out to him and his family. Jehovah will take care of the wicked one who afflicts the disadvantage. T.ex will get their day sooner than later. - by April Taylor on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:58pm

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