Minneapolis police use pepper spray to roughly break up house party [VIDEO]

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Grant Mayland's face was swollen and red after he was pepper sprayed by police.
Tactics used by Minneapolis cops to break up a house party early Saturday morning have some partygoers crying foul.

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At around 3 that morning, police, following up on a noise complaint, made their second trip that night to the house where the party was happening, which is located near Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in south Minneapolis. Once there, two cops walked in the house and slapped a pair of handcuffs on one of the party's organizers before pepper spraying him in the face. Other witnesses say police then indiscriminately sprayed pepper spray or some other type of irritant in the house's kitchen area to get other partygoers to leave.

Here's the footage, which was shot by partygoer and videographer Dillon Bakke:



Reached for comment yesterday, Grant Mayland, the party organizer who can be seen getting handcuffed in the video, said his face was still swollen from the pepper spray, which he said was sprayed directly into his eye from point-blank range. He said he also has a bump on his head from police slamming him to the floor. He sent along this picture of abrasions on his arms incurred when police roughly slapped handcuffs on him (click to enlarge):

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Grant Mayland

As you can see in the video, police repeatedly told Mayland he was under arrest. Yet after pepper spraying him and holding him for what he says was more than a half hour in the back of a squad, he was released. He says cops ultimately wrote him a citation for "participating in a noisy assembly," and that to his knowledge, the only other person who was placed in handcuffs was the property owner, who was also released without being taken to the police station.

But Mayland insists cops didn't need to use as much force as they did to disrupt the party, which he estimates involved no more than 100 people (Bakke put the number of partygoers at 200 to 300). Mayland says that after cops came to the house the first time, he made sure folks who were outside took their conversations indoors, and that the music was turned down.

"I've always been a huge supporter of Minneapolis police, but I've never seen anything like it... just unprovoked aggression from authority," Mayland said, adding that he's never been arrested before. "It was by no means a rowdy party with violence, it was just people having a good time drinking some beers."

Mayland says he believes he was singled out for rough treatment by the cops because he functioned as the party spokesman during their first trip to the house. He says he at no point tried to physically resist the police officers.

"It was just a power trip, it felt like a power trip to me," he said.

Meanwhile, Bakke, a friend of Mayland's who regularly films "underground" events in Minneapolis, says he's been at a number of house parties that have been broken up by the MPD. In his experience, cops usually handle situations like that in a more "respectful" manner, he said.

"We were just enjoying being free humans, you know?" Bakke said. "Something got in their coffee or doughnuts that night."

In a subsequent email message, Bakke said he, Mayland, and other folks at the party aren't troublemakers.

We're "just all friends lookin to enjoy a nice summer night," Bakke wrote. "To me its [sic] still so crazy that they would just pepper spray a home... very excessive."

Bakke speculated that perhaps the cops who broke up the house party on Saturday morning were upset because over the weekend, news broke that the MPD is facing 61 lawsuits alleging officers used excessive force that led to injuries. By comparison, St. Paul cops currently face 19 misconduct lawsuits.

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jenboyles
jenboyles

Think about the kind of person that signs up to be a cop -- they either really want to help others OR they're arrogant pricks on a power trip who get off using force to strongarm people into submission. Now, imagine being a cop in a generally harmonious place like Minneapolis and imagine how bored you would be if you were the latter type.  I think it's just a case of police wanting some action and knowing they could bust up a raver house party to get it.  Grant (who is a nice person) wanted to know WHY he was being arrested rather than fined and asked to leave, and that is NOT a "let's mace him" type of offense.

Zseth Laveynhorn
Zseth Laveynhorn

everybody gets what they deserve, call the cops on every party. cry about it like your life "means something" like anyone "should care about this shit"

Albert Molly Kroeten
Albert Molly Kroeten

"all trying to live your life like its a justice video, then the cops show up and show you who is REALLY wearing the leather jacket"

DunnyTums
DunnyTums

Isn't this the same guy that caught a beat down at the Triple Rock a few months ago?  Why is he always trying to catch one in the face?  

TerryScott
TerryScott

This is hilarious.  I wrote a story loosely inspired by similar events and characters.  

http://dirtyterry.com/2013/05/22/artists-brawl-cancels-241s-at-the-triple-rock-forever/

Either wrong place at the wrong time all the time, or just coincidence.  Pepper spray is always hilarious, better than bullets.  

He is a local celebrity, presumably, by some respects, so it's understandable.  

And anyway, who hasn't been pepper sprayed by Minneapolis Police Department?  


Hearthstone
Hearthstone

I knew Grant when he was a teenager. He was an obnoxious asshole.

I dislike police violence, but knowing him then, and seeing the little of the video, he may have actually deserved it.

Also, I'm pretty sure I remember him having a criminal record.

endestria
endestria

I was a victim last year of the Bloomington PD breaking up my party for no reason. I have had one every year for last 9 years with no incident at my same house. I simply asked "why did you walk into my house, what did we do wrong?" Because they just walked in like they were guests out of the blue. I was grabbed when complying to break up my party, my shoulder was sprained, a bit later a friend whom is also a girl was slammed down face first when she was told to leave and she replied she was unable to drive.They said they didn't care.. she came out in cuffs blood running down her chin. We had an all adult 21+ party, no minors and later found out there was no noise complaint against us. Just bored police on a Saturday night.. All i have to say is do what these guys did folks!!! If the police ever show up at a party CAMERAS UP people!! This has got to STOP, there is no reason to beat the crap out of people and mace them for no reason. I poised no threat. Plus I had no weapons or made no threat, I was trying to cooperate, instead i got drug to jail and didn't even know my charges until i was released the next morning. 

info3592
info3592

This story is fake. According to the whiners on E-democracy, MPD only harasses and abuses black people. You've been punked City Pages.

Keith Morris
Keith Morris

BS on so many levels. Hell, the house is, and I quote, "located near Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in south Minneapolis", so this occurred on a Saturday night off of a *major commercial intersection* with Lake being *the* main east-west strip in a *large city*, so why would you expect peace and quiet? And then, why be a passive-aggressive dick and sick the cops on your *neighbor* instead of going over yourself and politely asking them to keep it down in the first place? The police are way out of hand in this situation. Umm, hello Mpls PD, how about taking care of aggressive drug dealers in the alleys right next to the corner/liquor stores in North who try to threateningly push drugs onto customers trying to walk across the block to leave the store... in --broad daylight-- !? They're clearly letting that go on since the anyone could walk by these groups hanging out right on Lowry or Broadway where the alleys are any day, but house parties on a Saturday night? Well now, that warrants a zero tolerance approach and throwing away our tax dollars, because people choose to live in the city and complain about living in a city. How about I call the police before 7AM every weekday morning because construction is going on too early in the morning? Oh wait, I live Downtown and that's just a part of city living.

kennyX
kennyX

Normally, I respect the MPD considering all of the shit that they have to put up with, but this was wrong on so many levels. First of all, if you are being handcuffed (and assuming that you are not fighting off the officers-- which this guy clearly WASN'T), you have every fucking right to ask why you are being detained. Second, using mace is only used as a last resort if the subject is not cooperating (which he was). Third, assaulting the cameraman when he was doing absolutely nothing wrong was the cherry on the fucking cake. I am so glad that CP reported this story. I would highly recommend that all of you contact Chief Heart-O and complain. If this is her idea of "community policing", the bitch needs to go.

Finally, I hope the guy who got maced sues the shit out of the department and I hope the cameraman files charges against Officer Barbrady for assault.


kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I was right by the door when the cops kicked it in. They didn't knock. They entered illegally. There was also absolutely no reason to pepper spray inside the house, with one look around you could easily see that none of us were violent or rowdy.

swee2th
swee2th

Look at the pathetic police apologists in these comments... justifying the use of fascist policing techniques, playing into the mind-numbing fear mongering that police lawyers no doubt use on juries. I wonder if they'll be apologists for the federal government when they're rotting away their final years in a FEMA camp...

calltheklops
calltheklops

This is highly alarming. We had a big violent punk-rock party just up the street over the weekend too. Dicks were grinded clean off and there was no police response whatsoever!

Derek Martinez
Derek Martinez

It's a scary thought to think thugs on power trips are allowed to become cops with no limits on their authority.

Aleksey Silenko
Aleksey Silenko

That's over the top. This kind of action is what's needed down town Minneapolis to clean it up, not at a house party.

benevolentworlddicta
benevolentworlddicta

This shit has to end. There is nothing reported here to suggest that the officers had a fear for their safety or that they were met with any resistance. There has to be a major shake up and culture change in the Minneapolis police department. The job is tough enough for the cops who try to balance enforcing the law and practicing restraint to that end without more incidents like this.

thinkforyourself
thinkforyourself

2 cops and 100+ people...I would have maced them too!  the cops don't know if someone is craxy in the house...has warrants...a violent history with law enforcement...etc.  maybe shut the party down after the first police visit!  or move to the country!

thinkforyourself
thinkforyourself

2 cops and 100+ people...I would have maced them too!  the cops don't know if someone is craxy in the house...has warrants...a violent history with law enforcement...etc.  maybe shut the party down after the first police visit!  or move to the country!

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

If a citizen sprayed an irritant in a police officer's eyes it would be felony assault but when a police officer sprays an irritant into a citizen's eye it's somehow justified because they're on the job? Remind me again who pays their salaries..

Andrew Jerome Frederick
Andrew Jerome Frederick

They [officers] may have been upset over the 61 lawsuits over excessive use of force...? I guess they weren't thinking of #62.

Lisa Schreiber Skjefte
Lisa Schreiber Skjefte

hmmm SECOND noise complaint at 4AM in a RESIDENTIAL AREA ..... I don't feel sorry for you.

mavmr2000
mavmr2000

That was the first time ive done mace. its kind of a burning high but it can feel good. i would mix it with ketamine or viagra


flipty
flipty

200-300 people partying at 3am?  I would have thrown my own tear gas in there.

partyfoul
partyfoul

It's crazy for the cops to spray Grant like that.  I know him.  He is a good guy and totally reasonable.  He is not a threat.  Mace is something you use on a wild dog trying to bite you.  Not a person asking for a reason hes being arrested.

I enjoyed how Dillon Bakke contextualized the footage.  A different kind of citizen journalism.

Clement

William Pelowski
William Pelowski

The police officers throughout the country seem quite assured that no matter how unreasonable or illegal they behave, they won't get in any serious trouble. And that indicates that not only are the individual officers out-of-hand, but the whole system is corrupt. Corruption happens top-down. Always.

missmirandaj
missmirandaj

I've been at partys like this before when the cops show up and just start pepper spraying everyone without even anything serious happening. It's NOT OK!

dillonbakke
dillonbakke

@jenboyles ^this

It's said; not all cops are bad cops and maybe it's time for some real drastic changes to happen with the operations/system at MPD.


Chief Janeé Harteau, to have real change happen it may have to be in the light of day and in a public forum; this time don't shut-out media/public like what happened the other month.

Seems obvious that having our higher ends in govt. blacking out the public is not working in our/their favor... NSA, the new 'Free Trade Agreement' "Trans Pacific Partnership", War On Drugs & War On Terror ... let's work on becoming a more open and understanding community; out with the evil... no matter how much "they" pay.

respect(s),
Dillon-

dillonbakke
dillonbakke

@Albert Molly Kroeten

Flashing all the lights, d
o the dance under the spotlights and as strong as you might!


Just a little justice for you.

DO THAT DANCE, SON!

yeah
yeah

@endestria nobody gives a shit about your and the bloomington pd

PoliceHave2MuchPower
PoliceHave2MuchPower

@info3592 Actually, Asshole, we personally know the people that were victimized. My bf's dad is a member of the MPD and knows very well that this did, in fact, happen. 

dann.dobson
dann.dobson

@info3592  - actually info if you read e-democracy, you would see that people have been posting about the out of control MPD for months. The problem is an police department that has no respect for any authority, including their own chief. The problem was aggravated by Mayor Rybeck, who abolished the Civilian Review Board. It is not enough to sue the MPD, some officers need to be seriously disciplined, time off w/o pay and others fired, before the rank and file get the message that the law applies to the Men in Blue too

Hearthstone
Hearthstone

@kennyX Even in the short video, you can see him resisting by holding his hands across his chest.

Having lived with the guy, I can pretty much tell you that unless his personality changed dramatically, he was fucking around -- and having lived with the guy, I recognized the way he was talking with officers to be similar to how he was when I lived with him. He would fuck around in ways he knew he shouldn't (he once ran around mooning people, claiming he shoved a grape in his ass), then pretend to be innocent, wonder aloud why people were persecuting him, and come up with all sorts of fanciful explanations to excuse his behavior. It was a game for him back then, and everyone called it Grant Logic. Every single person wanted to smack him semi-regularly. If the cops had already dealt with him once that night, and then he was resisting....Well, it sounds horrible, but it may be that Grant is one of those people who finally got what was coming to him.

And again, I'm pretty sure he had a PO back when I knew him.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@swee2th Right, FEMA camps - time to get the meds adjusted again.

dhill11
dhill11

@Susan Schlenker Ingvaldsen Oh please.  You  mean to tell me that you've never been to a house party that the cops where called too?  I've been to many and never once has anyone been peppered sprayed.  Do you really think that was necessary?  Let me guess you always ride your motorcycle at or below the speed limit and never roll a stop sign either.



ibnnnews1
ibnnnews1

@Susan Schlenker Ingvaldsen How about the Police Chief resigns and a new and respected chief takes over...

ckelly0729
ckelly0729

@Susan Schlenker Ingvaldsen Or maybe the police could use some discretion...

useyourbrain
useyourbrain

@ThinkForYourself you must be a dumbass... I know a large number of people that were at this party, and they are not violent or crazy.   Most parties get broken up by 2 cops peacefully. First off, they entered with NO WARRANT or permission from the homeowner, and then began spraying mace when there was NO reason to. Shut the music down, and get them to leave like has happened to thousands of parties in the past.

swee2th
swee2th

@thinkforyourself Your reasoning is stupid. Why not pepper spray every driver in every traffic stop? They could be crazy too.

yeah
yeah

@Dan Mason do you have a vagina? 

swee2th
swee2th

@Lisa Skjefte Then you're a worthless tool. Unnecessary force by police is never justified.


yeah
yeah

@partyfoul i really like the part where the guy was like, wah, wah, what are the charges, wah, wah. And then got maced. 

f682734
f682734

@dillonbakke Me and the guys had a lot of fun, we -- we did our thing there, we-we-we-we got behind some causes though, we fought for some very strong causes -- we ended!(!), collectively, we ended that goddamn war in 'Nam so that guys like you could be free!

endestria
endestria

You are so right being the one nobody who can't spell for shit. Real pointless comment. Hahaha..

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