State Patrol: "No evidence" officers gave Occupy-ers drugs

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The State Patrol says there's no proof officers gave DRE study participants drugs before dropping them off near Peavey Plaza.
Hours after saying his agency is "looking into" allegations that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of an impairment study, a State Patrol spokesman said there's no proof officers acted inappropriately.

"There's been no evidence or no information that has been presented to us that would substantiate any of the allegations," said Eric Roeske, State Patrol public information officer.

It should be noted that despite presenting a persuasive amount of circumstantial evidence, the video report outlining the explosive allegations doesn't contain a smoking gun -- officers aren't recorded saying they've given drugs to young people, nor is there conclusive video proof participants in the impairment study weren't already high before getting picked up by officers.

According to the Star Tribune, Roeske, speaking for Sergeant Riccardo Munoz, administrator of so-called Drug Recognition Expert program, said "to [Munoz's] knowledge none of that activity has taken place." Roeske, stating the obvious, added that it's against policy and procedure for police to offer people drugs.

Roeske's comments, however, don't rule out the possibility some officers acted independently, enticing study participants with drugs in violation of police rules. But the video report, put together by local independent media activists and members of Communities Against Police Brutality, doesn't single out drug-distributing officers by name.

Yesterday, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said Minneapolis city officers weren't involved in the DRE drug imbroglio, adding that if it turns out to be true that out-of-town agencies were giving drugs to Peavey Plaza protestors, "I think we'd probably have an issue with that."

So it looks like the drug allegations may remain at the he said-she said stage until more conclusive evidence of police wrongdoing is brought forward.

Previous coverage:
-- Minnesota police giving Peavey Plaza Occupy-ers drugs as part of impairment study, report says [VIDEO]
-- State patrol "looking into" Occupy drug allegations; Mpls police claim no involvement
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Myphoneyaccount
Myphoneyaccount

In a court of law, personal testimony is considered evidence. There is plenty of personal testimony out there from citizens who participated in the DRE program during over the past 3 years. I think it's time to demand a complete criminal investigation in to this activity that would be conducted by an outside agency. The problem of course, is that now that we have all local law enforcement connected nationally via the Department of Homeland Security, there is NO WAY to have law enforcement kept in check because they are all sworn to serve the same agency. WE LIVE IN A POLICE STATE.

AT
AT

Another thorough internal investigation results in a denial of allegations!  THE SYSTEM WORKS, CASE CLOSED

Yelnick30
Yelnick30

Another anti-cop fairy tale coming from the City Pages.  Dear City Pages, please stick to what you're good at... wasting your  time doing Michelle Bachmann stories.

Yosteff
Yosteff

Oh wait now today the the state patrol admits it did happen. Who believes in fairy tales

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

Why are you lying about this story? Did you even read it, ding-dong?

Duh
Duh

Hello! There are cameras inside the squads!

Dave
Dave

Since this story came out, a couple people I know have told me that cops offered them drugs as well. Both are trustworthy folks who are not the type to make stuff up. Of *course* the cops are going to say this "didn't happen" and sweep this thing under the rug, writing it off as he-said-she-said. It would be great to see one of these news outlets round up some of these folks who claim cops gave them drugs and administer an independent lie-detector test.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

a lie detector to a drug user who was stupid enough to take an illegal substance from a police officer, when he knew he was both, taking it from a police officer, and that it was illegal... yep, that's credible.

Phoenix Woman
Phoenix Woman

 How about the video from the cop car?  So far we've just seen the video from the activists.

Why do I have a feeling that, were a cop and squad car to be IDed here, the on-board video for that car would suddenly, ah, suffer a catastrophic malfunction?

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

again....what MORON takes drugs from a cop!?

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