MPD officer Blayne Lehner shown choking and pepper-spraying protesters in new footage [VIDEO]
|A new video portrays Officer Lehner's work in a less-than-flattering light.|
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A new video posted to YouTube by rubicondrawn shows Minneapolis police officer Blayne Lehner choking and pepper-spraying protestors and arresting a seemingly peaceful journalist for no apparent reason.
The video also identifies Lehner as the officer who manhandled KSTP cameraman Chad Nelson during a downtown Occupy protest last April, breaking his camera and allegedly injuring Nelson's neck and shoulder.
Here's the video:
In the days following the KSTP cameraman incident, Police Chief Tim Dolan said the MPD's Internal Affairs Unit would be investigating. Reached for comment this afternoon, police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer said the internal investigation is still ongoing and that no disciplinary action had yet been taken. Palmer said such investigations routinely take nine months to a year to complete.
Dolan called Nelson in April to personally apologize for the manhandling, but the KSTP cameraman said he planned to file a criminal complaint against Officer Lehner anyway. Palmer said today he isn't able to answer questions about the the case because the employee overseeing the pertinent file isn't in, but added that the MPD would be able to provide more information next week.