Recently released body camera footage shows Minneapolis police “hunting” protesters during unrest following the killing of George Floyd in the mid-west city.
Videos showed officers firing “less lethal” weapons at protesters, exchanging fist bumps and saying “f*** these guys” as they lifted the city’s curfew after days of unrest. Tried to implement.
Footage was released in the case of Jalil Stallings, who was acquitted of multiple charges, after he opened fire on officers who fired rubber bullets at him from an unmarked van.
Mr Stallings, 29, said he acted in self-defense and did not know he was a police officer.
In a video shot on 30 May 2020, five days after Floyd was killed, officers can be heard cheering about going after protesters.
“We’re about to split, drive down Lake Street,” says one official. “You see the af***ing group, call it. Okay good. F*** ’em up, gas’ ’em up, f*** ’em up.”
The sergeant leading the unit canteen can be heard saying, “Let them take it, boys, let them take it… right there, get ’em, get ’em, get ’em, hit ’em do”
After one officer kills a protester with a less lethal round, another officer says, “You guys are hunting people now and it’s a nice change of pace. F*** these guys.”
Police spokesman Officer Garrett Parton said an internal affairs investigation was underway.
Mr Stallings, a veteran who was allowed to carry a gun, faced eight charges, including second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and second-degree rioting.
He dismissed a plea by prosecutors that involved a prison term of nearly 13 years and was acquitted earlier this year in Hennepin District Court.
The video has now been released by his lawyer, a month before Mayor Jacob Frey is up for re-election.
Mr Frey has called the footage “galling” and said “we need to make sure justice is done”.
The November 2 election is the first city-wide race since the assassination of Mr Floyd.
Mr Floyd died on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis following his altercation with police.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.
He will be in prison for more than 22 years.
Three other police officers involved in the fatal arrest have been charged with abetting and abetting second-degree murder and abetting second-degree murder, and face trial next year.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Protesters