Occupy MN protester slammed by Hennepin County security [VIDEO]

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An Occupy MN participant moments after being knocked to the ground.
Last night, Occupy MN set up dozens of tents in the Hennepin County Government Plaza in preparation for the night's snow flurries, and in defiance of no-structures and no-sleeping rules put in place by the county.

At about 4:15 a.m., Hennepin County Sheriff's deputies and plaza security officers began rousting the sleeping occupiers and dismantling the tents.

As the camping gear was being trucked away, however, one occupier chased after it and was met by a Hennepin County security guard.

The officers were already agitated after occupiers stood in front of a truck that was carting away the tents, tarps and other Occupy equipment. Eventually, the guards and cops began physically pushing protesters out of the truck's path.

When the road was clear, the truck started rumbling away. But a couple of protesters chased after it and began tugging at the tents in the truck bed.

It appears from video captured of the incident that a Hennepin County security guard takes a flying leap at one of the protesters. The occupiers say she was "tackled." What's more, they're claiming on their Facebook page that the person was actually just a kid.

"The unlawful assault last night was on a girl named Mattie, daughter of a local AFSCME 3800 member," the post says. "Mattie around 15 years old."

"It was really incredibly violent. I don't know what else to say," says Ben Egerman, one of the Occupy MN participants. "It's not like a football field where there's grass and people have helmets."

But Kirk Simmons, head of Hennepin county security, says the guard actually slipped on some ice. He says the guard injured himself.

"He feels bad because he knows he ran into her," says Simmons.

The video is very shakey, but take a look and judge for yourself:



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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

You will love it when Rybak orders out the water cannons on a 20 degree day.

Wait, what?

Why is a 15 year old out past curfew?  Did see get arrested for a curfew violation?Were her parents scolded for allowing their minor child to participate in this illegal anarchists activity?Has social services been notified?

Liquid_pugs21
Liquid_pugs21

Shouldnt have been camping out in the freezing weather like a bunch of morons...go home and you wouldn't have to worry about the authority pushing you around...bunch of babies because the law decided enough was enough...get to your jobs and do something important...

EyemNotFree
EyemNotFree

They handcuffed and beat me and threatened to shoot me to sign false documents when I was 14. Police are criminals. The president is an enemy to the people of the United States

Dan Feidt
Dan Feidt

hey I shot the video, thanks for posting it to citypages. the security officer was running all out at her - i wish my microphone had a better pickup facing forward... he was really going right for her at full speed, which was decidedly uncalled for.

Dcubel
Dcubel

I think it's pretty obvious that he slipped/tripped (there are two poles coming out from under the tents/tarps). 

Budster55113
Budster55113

Well I hope the police aren't protecting you,the protestors[Occupy mn].You skummbags do not repersent me.  A little about me [No Job,NO Health care,a Pre-excesting condition from birth,,ext,ext]1st 10 years of my working life I made a total of 50,000 dollars,Excellent credit rating all my life. I've worked all my life and have payed for all my bills.Know you all Occupy Mn,get out and work at any job even a manual job[Clean sewer lines,pick crops,ect.ect]  Ho I know most of you City People are to good for that.I worked with you all for over 25 yrs.

novenator
novenator

This aggression will not stand.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Shouldn't the richest 1% have to pay more in taxes since apparently the police are their private security force? 

Bill
Bill

Jessica - did you watch the video?  Slammed by HC security?  Really?   A flying leap?  I think the flying leap is your biased "reporting" of the incident.  Just write the facts without guiding the reader to think this was some sort of police brutality.  I'm waiting for the lawsuit where this person claims she's injured for life.  Didn't her parents teach her not to chase moving trucks - my guess is the security guard was protecting her from not getting run over and slipped.

amiller92
amiller92

I don't know about the word choice in describing this as "physically pushing" the Occupiers out from the front of the truck.  I'd call that gently herding.  There was some physical contact, but the everyone I see in that video is backing away under their own power.

As for "tackling," you can't see it well in that video, but the facts that he doesn't grab her as he's going down and does a summersault over her rather than landing on top of her do not suggest that he was trying to tackle and physically restrain her.  Sure looks like he slipped to me.

bloodbath
bloodbath

Yet more gov is the answer, right?

Steve
Steve

Then move to another country.

EyemNotFree
EyemNotFree

Capitalists hate free trade, free thought and love to torture non zionists

bloodbath
bloodbath

Yes it will. The idiots don't even know what they're protesting against.

EyemNotFree
EyemNotFree

It has been going on since Eisenhower/Nixon let the church take over the state

Budster55113
Budster55113

Way don't you just tell the Occupy Mn to get a job doing anything to pay for the clean-up of the park. You are for the Occupiers.Way don't they have to follow the law.When I lived in the Cities,no-one could sleep or put a tent up in a park.Have you ever camped?.You can't throw up a tent werever you want and when you leave you have to and should clean it up. The Occupies have fools like you to back them and other that are going to pick-up the tax bill and blame it on the rich.Its the top 1% fault.Thats how dumb a follower you are.

rahk1969
rahk1969

You are very good at representing the top 1%. The same security forces were used for the corporate Tea party protests and town halls. The richest 1% should pay 60-65% for evey dollar they make beyond a million dollars.

EyemNotFree
EyemNotFree

No. I think you ought to get the hell out of my country.And take your god damned religious hallucinations with you.

bloodbath
bloodbath

You mean socialists. The world has never known capitalism.

bloodbath
bloodbath

Big banks, wall street, and corporations get their special priviledges from gov. You wouldn't put a bandaid on your elbow if you had a head wound. Figure it out, dork.

Also, there is almost no one mentioning the fed or washington as the culprits. Keep promoting that class warfare, that's what they want.

novenator
novenator

don't be a retard.  Just because YOU don't know why people are protesting doesn't mean they don't know why they're out there.

rahk1969
rahk1969

Let me get this straight...I give a compliment and then a fact, followed by a suggestion to utilize our countries historical average tax rate for the richest 1% and this makes me dumb and a fool? Is it me? or are you just a bully?

novenator
novenator

Again, don't be a retard.  We HAVE been protesting against branches of the Federal Reserve, as well as all of the big banks, Wall Street, and big corporations.  That is the nerve center of what has gone bad. 

Do some basic research if you're going to try to engage in a debate here doughboy.

bloodbath
bloodbath

If you can't figure out why protesting against "rich people" is counter-productive , and why protesting against Washington and Fed Banks is what they should be doing, than for the sake of humanity don't participate in the upcoming election.

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