Incident report filed in police knockout of Native American man

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Yesterday we told you the story of a witness who says he saw police knock out a man who had been laying on the floor causing a scene at the Rainbow on 28th Avenue at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.


Today we have the incident report, and though it provides more details about who was involved, it doesn't answer the question of what the suspect did to provoke the right hook to the jaw.

According to the report, police were summoned to the Rainbow Foods at 2919 26th Ave. South. Kevin Franek was the responding officer.

"Officers responded to the above location to send two unwanted parties from the store," the report reads. "They were sleeping in the front lobby and in the bathroom. Upon escorting them from the premises both disregarded police commands to leave. Both were arrested for obstructing officers."

That apparently led to the use of force against Harlan Clinton Greyeagle, a 33-year-old Native American. A witness to the incident described what happened next to City Pages:

"When the man got within roughly a foot of the officer, the officer punched the man in the jaw with his right fist, knocking him against the windows of the storefront, taking him to the ground and immediately cuffing him," the witness says. "He appeared to be knocked out and blood was pooling out from his mouth."

The incident report doesn't offer much in the way of an explanation for the Use of Force, other than the catch-all "obstruction."

When we asked our tipster what led to the punch, the source said that "all of the officers including the one who punched the man were grinning as they approached the man in front of the store, while the man seemed fairly upset about whatever it was the officers were saying to him. Perhaps they were verbally provoking him and that's why he began gesturing at them. I can't say for sure."

But he is certain that the police threw the first punch: "the officer most definitely swung as an offensive move rather than to defend himself."

Greyeagle was taken from the scene via ambulance and charged with two misdemeanors: Loitering and Obstruction of the Legal Process.
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The ambulance that took Greyeagle from the scene
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder told us yesterday that the incident remains under investigation and called on Greyeagle to come forward if he felt mistreated.

"We will leave it up to the Use of Force review if it's justified or needs to go on for further investigation and for me to say anything else at this time is inappropriate," Elder says. "If this gentleman feels he's been treated improperly, we encourage him to come forward and talk to Internal Affairs."

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Jackson King
Jackson King

BTW, wear more makeup Nicole...and less weight.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

Thank God the police punched this piece of shit. You wanna get drunk and pass out do it under a bridge. Wishing the Vikes signed Mike Vick.

Pablo Charis
Pablo Charis

Role crazy power hungry cops suck, but so do drunken assholes

malaroo2000
malaroo2000

I have read all the comments...It is common knowlege that the PD in the inner city use and have used undue force in situations involving persons of color..This is true in the Native American communities..Is it their badge, power, or racism???...I know that a few bad apples can ruin the lot of em...I have lived here for about 35 years now, and it has not changed..How do we stop it??...I am not sure we can...We know that Racism is learned, you are not born with it..I  have respect for police officers, but those few bad apples make it hard to trust them completely... This incident is one of many, and one that caught the news attention..We can hope  this is a first step in solving these kinds of problems....

Cal NotPorn McCaskill
Cal NotPorn McCaskill

Put these fuckass abusive cops with the lapel cameras, because THEY are the people that need to be monitored. They are the reckless fucking PIGS that run around brandishing handguns and aiming them recklessly, and emotionally. They are abusive fucks who love to throw their weight around with unintelligent, wreckless actions. They kill your kid, and they get paid vacation while undergoing "investigations" become filed away with cobwebs and never answered for. How do you expect there to be justice, when these skinhead, racist, sexist, rapist, classist, murderous fucks end up killing the victim of a crime more often than catching the culprit who initiated the crime? I am thoroughly disappointed in Minnesota cops. You are fucking disgraces, and disgusting cunts who don't deserve income or a seemingly good life. You lock people in cages and you rely on the stockholm syndrome for support from the primarily white community that is MN. Fuck you, you fucking assholes. Kill yourselves and make the world a better fucking place. Keep riding your horses downtown, OVERSEERS.

Cal NotPorn McCaskill
Cal NotPorn McCaskill

Even their fucking female cunt cops are roided up and tried starting a fight with me because I was talking to a homeless dude that was waiting for an ambulance while she stayed warm in her cruiser when it was -15 out and she said "wanting a place to stay isn't a good reason to go to the hospital." I have never met more offensive, fucking rude, macho bullshit fucking PIGS that are on the offense instead of serving and protecting. I wonder how many other people have been hung up on while trying to politely file a complaint against their HOMICIDAL OFFICERS? Fuck those pigs. I hope they accidentally shoot themselves in the fucking faces instead of put more innocent people in a coma, the hospital, or the morgue. Fucking pigs. Glad I could move out before having to worry about being in their jurisdiction so they can run stop signs, be rude as fuck, and constantly look for trouble.

BigChief
BigChief

Where AIM when you need them? They disappear like old smoke signal!

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

At least I don't resort to calling strangers names because I don't agree with them. Good luck with that.

Colette O. Schrupp
Colette O. Schrupp

Fuck the police! They are out of control. But people are to blind to stand up. Wake up people!

Mark Buttweiler
Mark Buttweiler

Alcoholism is a serious illness I hope for the best and the situation. violence should never be used

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

Now people are upset because of his race? I didn't see these people on here yesterday when race was not known. Funny how it matters to you when it meets your agenda.

kpaypay_08
kpaypay_08

"Officer" will get his karma, in due time. Hopefully by a bus will deliver that message. Cops are corrupt everywhere.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Kevin Hoffman: Why does it matter that the guy is native? Does the story of what happened  actually change because you threw a label out there, or are you just projecting what you wanted to have happen, happen?

Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell

The homeless are not punching bags or to be baited with liquor for "bum-fights". This challenges the notion of Minneapolis' Finest.

Leslie Pender
Leslie Pender

If they're not shooting citizen's dogs for no reason, they're sucking punching citizens for no reason. MPLS cops have been out of control for decades and it's apparently never going to stop.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

The property the store sits on is privately owned. The store is privately owned. He didn't belong sleeping there. He was told to leave and argued and got punched. GOOD!!

Megan Sennie
Megan Sennie

Doesn't matter that this person was Native American, the officer didn't have to punch him, then they were grinning? That's not professional at all and it doesn't seem right even if that person was drunk. Maybe of the guy was trying to punch the officer it'd be justified but he wasn't.

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

Rick Ehman, the more you type, the dumber you sound. Your intelligence shines through.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Name the tipster otherwise I can't really believe it

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

American Indians lived the very best life before the white man showed up


I would trade everything to be living as an indian 700 yrs ago

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

Why, because I don't feel sorry for this guy? Have you ever had your ass kicked? I have. It made me take a good look at my life and because of it, I made changes to get my life back on track. He got punched out. He didn't get tazed, he didn't get gang beaten, and he wasn't shot. He got punched in the jaw. He's going to be OK.

Nicole White
Nicole White

He deleted his comment after I left him one. He probably felt like a jackass.

Christina Baity-Knudsen
Christina Baity-Knudsen

So now I see the dumb ass who put that comment deleted it! Not sure if he thought that was funny but it was just down right idiotic!

Dan Banks
Dan Banks

Wow, just wow. What an ignorant thing to say.

Abby LaPlante
Abby LaPlante

Damn this pisses me off, how can the police be trusted?

key0789
key0789

this is his fucking land. period. 187

Nicole White
Nicole White

How about I send you to the Rez. Racist.

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

It is a sick man who thinks this was justified.

Dee Austin
Dee Austin

Mr. Greyeagle needs a good attorney. Now!

BigChief
BigChief

But in all seriousness. That was a little harsh. Nobody deserves to get coldcocked.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran  it is more offensive that the cops are abusing these guys. More white folk need to be abused by cops. white people do the dirtiest dirt.


Native Americans continually get marginalized and ostracized, by authority figures and the masses. Ever see multiple natives anywhere other than the skyway? 


they deserve better, should get more support. 


whitey knows this

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Not sure standing face to face with somebody who is one foot away constitutes being labeled a "sucker punch"...

floyd.tucker
floyd.tucker

My cousin was there to get some stuff for my grandma and he didn't even argued with the officer

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol I would like to see you survive a winter like this in your tee pee without modern fire starting tools, no TV or internet, and no modern medicine if you happen to get sick. Don't forget you would have to hunt and gather your own food in below zero weather since the long harsh winter would deplete your stash early.  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitalprotocol   a few white people might run the system that does the dirtiest dirt, but per capita, red, brown and black do WAY more dirt than whites or yellows.  In your Jesse post the other day, you argue that all politicians lie and cheat to get to where they are so the other commenter has no reason to be outraged. Same applies here: any and all minority groups are ostracized in the system you helped create, so you can't be mad that a minority  group has been ostracized. Blame yourself. Only in this situation, it's very hard to argue that he WASN"T drunk, loitering, not following orders, and acting aggressively. I hate cops too, but only a complete dick would defend this clown. Also, I live on Lyndiandale and work DT. I see tons of drunk natives in groups in public that are a nuisance. The worst is being cramped next to them on the bus when they stink of beer and pee, mumbling to themselves, worrying if they're gonna puke on you.  Nobody "deserves" anything. We get what we put in.  You never get tired of systematic dismemberment in every response. I like that about you

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran   you dont even know what a sucker punch is


-your God

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@midwestexplorer81 


I would love it. Keep in mind if i had lived 600 yrs ago as indian id have all the necessary skills to survive and flourish


id probably be a Snoqualmie soldier up near seattle or maybe a SoCal indian


someplace nice and temperate


either way i wouldnt have to be a part of some dumb rat race and could pursue higher forms of enlightenment 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@mingtran  Racist ming talking about race again.   Why would Kevin Hoffman listen to an openly racist stupe like you anyway?  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @mingtran  you are a policy maker in our shitty system., unfortunately. you have a voice. both in the voting booth and in public.   for epochs people have hoarded and always will hoard. you would hoard too, you've just never created the opportunity for yourself/been oppressed too long to hoard wealth. i'd like to see you win $1m and have the option to keep it all, or  voluntarily give up half. no penalty if you didn't want to give up half.  there have been studies done where former economically liberal people win the lottery and become economically conservative virtually over night. and that's just  on unearned lottery winnings! imagine if you actually had to work for it how pissed you'd be if you were forced to give it up. stop lying to yourself, it feels better to be honest.     scarcity IS a fallacy in most instances. so why are your words different than your actions? why do you support the system that creates scarcity?        I bet you never looked up us farm subsidy policy like i mentioned the other day, either. US crops should be virtually free, but you don't want that apparently...at least that's what your actions show... everyone knows that old addage from childhood.    all my positions are well thought out and founded, your's are almost entirely unfounded or underdeveloped. I'm done today. Up to you if you want to hold onto bullshit or change what you know to advance yourself. keep digging young learner...

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran how do I create these systems? that is impossible, i am not a policy maker. i have no political clout. 


rich misers are to blame, they live in fear of the have-nots... this is the feudal system that has dominated for epochs. people who take more than they can use and refuse to share.


scarcity is a fallacy in most cases


just look at the koch brothers and their "end"

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @mingtran  I do stop and think about this every time i respond to clowns in denial, the answer is always the same: YOU create a system of division  and oppression where it is almost impossible for a person to get out of, that provides NO means of upward mobility but GUARANTEES you get just enough to live like an animal, all the while shifting blame to the "rich people" for being the reason they are where they are.    Treat everyone the exact same (which is supposedly the goal of socialist systems, right?) instead of divide. That is your lesson today, young learner.   You are right  about one thing though: the unadulterated native lifestyle of old was maybe the most compassionate, healthful lifestyle in human history. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mingtran there are not TONS of drunk natives roaming downtown - there's like 7


why not stop and think why these guys live like this, why they dont do anything else... the answer, because they are native americans and are considered as sub human when in reality their culture and traditions are among the MOST humane the world has ever seen.


the reason for their plight is systematic and institutional oppression. 

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