Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan is calling on the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the February arrest of Derryl Jenkins. The 42-year-old Brooklyn Center resident was pulled over in North Minneapolis for speeding. After Jenkins defied orders from officer Richard Walker and exited his vehicle, he was wrestled to the ground. When six additional officers arrived on the scene, they immediately began punching and kicking Jenkins, despite the fact that he was face down in a snowbank.
Jenkins was eventually taken to North Memorial Medical Center and required seven stitches above his eye. He then spent four days in jail.
In a statement released this morning, Dolan defended the actions of Walker, but expressed concern about the conduct of other cops at the scene. “Some of the actions of responding officers, specifically the kicking of the suspect, give me concern,” Dolan said in the statement. “Because of this, I am asking for an outside review by the FBI.”
The incident, which the Star Tribune reported on Saturday, was captured on video. Jenkins was initially charged with fourth-degree assault and refusing to comply with a chemical test, but both charges were subsequently dropped.