Three Mpls cops cited for beating black men; one cop called a victim a "fat [N-word]"

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The MPD has been taking a PR beating this week for off-duty officers' racist words and actions.
Hot on the heels of MPD officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell getting themselves in trouble for calling black men "monkeys" (among other slurs) during an altercation in Green Bay comes a report that two other MPD cops recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct following an incident where they beat black men and used racial slurs.

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The two officers who pleaded guilty in June are William Woodis, 47, and Christopher Bennett, 38. A third officer, Andew Allen, was also charged in connection with the incident, which occurred last November 19 outside Bogart's Place in Apple Valley, but charges against him were later dropped. All three officers, like the two involved in the Green Bay incident, are being investigated internally by the MPD. Woodis, Bennett, Allen, Thole, and Powell are white, and all five were off-duty at the time of the incidents.

The Star Tribune was alerted to police reports about the November 19 incident by a "source." It escaped the attention of local media the first time around because Woodie, Bennett, and Allen aren't identified as MPD cops in the Apple Valley PD reports.

The Strib details the incident:
According to Apple Valley police: Rodney and Mike Spann, 24, Lovell Garner, 29, and Tyrone Franson, 32, all of whom are black, entered the bar early on Nov. 19.

Rodney Spann said Thursday that he and his companions tried to shake hands and be friendly with the other men but met with hostile language.

Garner and the others decided to leave and headed toward the parking lot, where several people punched and kicked Mike Spann, according to the police report.

The report said Rodney Spann was left with a cut to his lip. Mike Spann had injuries to his finger, elbow and two lumps on his head. He was treated at the scene.

Woodis, Bennett and Allen told Apple Valley police the black men had been causing problems. Woodis said the black men came up to them for no reason and tried to shake their hands; Woodis said he and the other officers decided to leave the bar, but that the black men followed them and began swinging, the report said.

Woodis, who smelled of alcohol, became "verbally aggressive" as he was questioned and was placed in the back of a squad car, the police report said. Woodis, Allen and Bennett had no visible injuries, the report said.
Other reports say one of the MPD cops called one of the victims a "fat N-word" during the altercation outside Bogart's Place.

Reached for comment by the Strib, Spann said he was upset the two officers were only convicted of misdemeanors.

"You're supposed to protect and serve whether you're on duty or off duty," he said. "I'm scared of police officers now."

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36 comments
digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

MPLS cops should not be in Apple Valley - thats where they live??!!!  HICKS i tell you, HICKs


Нина Суворова
Нина Суворова

Your added story is irrelevant. We will agree to disagree. I come from a long line of police officers and lawyers, and can not believe that someone who serves his city for a living would harm another for mere fun. I am very certain that there was a reason for their actions, and that they were provoked, even if this short article does not question that side of the story.

Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

"The announcement came hours after the Star Tribune printed a story about three white Minneapolis police officers getting cited for disorderly conduct, fifth degree assault and fourth degree damage to property in Apple Valley last fall after they got into a fight while off duty with a group of four black men" - I feel sorry for the officers. I'm sure they did not realize there were black people south of 494 ;)

Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

Even sober they can be real asshats. I've had 2 encounters with them in 12 months. I know they are many nice ones, but the bad ones leave almost permanent impressions with a person.

bigdeal
bigdeal

uh, yeah. I just watched the dashcam video, and it's a black guy telling a cop that some other guy called him a fucking nigger and his friend a fat fucking nigger. i think we should go beyond somebody says he said nigger before getting all worked up, don't you? 

Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan

Wait, somebody used offensive language in a bar fight?!?!

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

so tired of this crap. when have you heard of any female officers behaving this way?! liquored up bullies with badges. beware.

John Wendt
John Wendt

Your cops are the biggest dicks I have ever encountered.

Brad Benson
Brad Benson

You're not scared of police officers, you just want to sue them

Shane Zako
Shane Zako

Police are bullies who have a badge that they can hide behind when things don't go their way.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I feel bad assholes like this give cops such a bad name.  I dealt with the police recently due to a troublesome neighbor.  I watched this idiot berate and taunt the police for an hour while they negotiated with him to let his ex gf into his place to get her stuff.  I would have tasered that fool about 10 times but the cops were calm and sensible.  Sadly society needs police and when you have cops you will have bad cops.   Seems like MPD needs to do more diversity training and hiring so the police better serve their diverse city.  

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

Sounds like the other guys wanted to start something with the cops...

Нина Суворова
Нина Суворова

I was not there, but am certain that the 3 police officers didnt lose their cool over nothing. Police officers have to deal with awful people daily; I believe they were excessively, and aggressively instigated by the other 3 males.

Victoria Sondreal
Victoria Sondreal

I can't believe this is still seriously going on. Get over yourselves already.

Tony Bones
Tony Bones

people need to fight back from this abuse. something needs to be done sooner then later.

bigdeal
bigdeal

allegedly said nigger. allegedly. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

When it happens once, its generally not a unique occurence. I don't get why this is a huge surprise given the stretch of power and authority the police state in America has assumed post 9/11.

Onan
Onan

*grabs popcorn and waits for the usual MPD apologists*

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

You love "hicks"

laxx1559
laxx1559

@Нина Суворова There are bad apples in EVERY line of work.  Its exacerbated when these bad apples are the ones that are supposed to keep you safe, and maintain order.  A bad run-in with police can stick with you forever.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Нина Суворова you come from Russia - shutup

kennyX
kennyX

@bigdeal The pink-boys will swallow anything the Liberal media feeds them.

bigdeal
bigdeal

@John Wendt And you've encountered quite a few big dicks. 

bigdeal
bigdeal

@MicheleBachmann  Just because somebody says they were called nigger doesn't mean they were called nigger. Two of the cops were charged with disorderly, so justice served. carry on. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You could have spared us the speculation and stopped at "I was not there"

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

...grabs popcorn and waits for knee-jerk reaction retards that buy anything based on nothing

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

And just because someone is black doesn't mean they are lying.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Jesus freak

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