Punch from Minneapolis police officer sends man to hospital [PHOTOS]

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This was the scene outside 2921 26th Ave. South yesterday
A Minneapolis police officer punched out an apparently inebriated man yesterday, causing him to be taken from the scene via ambulance, according to a witness who provided his account and photos of the incident on condition of anonymity.

"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."

Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder confirms that there was a Use of Force that resulted in the suspect leaving the scene via ambulance, but won't be able to say what prompted it until the report is filed later this afternoon.

"The gentleman did get struck, absolutely no two ways about it," Elder told City Pages last night. "The officer states in his report that he did use force on the individual."

The incident took place outside the Cost Cutters at 2921 26th Ave. S. The man, who appeared to be drunk, had been laying on the lobby floor at a nearby Rainbow for at least half an hour, according to one observer. Two cops arrived and confronted him.

"The man approached the one officer, gesturing at him, appearing to stand his ground," the witness says. "He was certainly being a bit provocative, but the officer most definitely swung as an offensive move rather than to defend himself."

The witness says the rest of the people who saw the incident were surprised by the aggressiveness of the police.

"The reaction was mostly shock," the source says. "Most people in the establishment I was in at the time expressed empathy and pity for the drunk man who was knocked out.  There was also a young boy there who witnessed the whole thing."

This is a photo of the ambulance called by police arriving at the scene:
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The incident remains under investigation, Elder says.

"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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Dan Reis
Dan Reis

MPLS cops again are out of control.

Nathan Roy
Nathan Roy

didn't a drunk off duty cop already kill some guy who was just talking on his cell phone outside the bar by punching him?

Kelly Andersen
Kelly Andersen

He should have kicked Him in the face like they did to the last one they were called out on,then you know he's get off.

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

No, what I'm saying Tiffany Sorenson, is read the story before you get on your rant. Know the facts and stop saying things that are not in the story. And Kat, he has to cuff him.

Rick Miller
Rick Miller

Don't do stupid things and your involvement with police drops to about .00001%

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

Greg, seriously think before you speak. I'm not running my mouth, and I think you are proving yourself to be very juvenile and the one here that might consider a move back to elementary school. I have great respect for Police Officers and other civil servants. I do have a problem with people that are very, very bad at their job and take advantage of the position of power that they are in and abuse it. It happens in all lines of work, this is just one more example of it. You have proven your idiocy, so I feel no need to delve into that. As far as you telling me that this state is better off without me, I won't go there either because it's not worth my time. I will just tell you I am by no means a "cop basher" or "tree higher" or "cry baby", I am a reasonable person who believes that we need fair and equitable and civil treatment of one another.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I hate police. I watched them murder a homeless man in front of the Fon-du-Luth Casino in Duluth. I also have witnessed enough corruption and brutality to never trust any person who wants to be a Stormtrooper in the American Empire. #whowatchesthewatchmen

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

Tiffany you in this state is completely unnecessary. Let see you go out there as a cop! Stop running your mouth tree hugger!

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

I bet Greg is a passive aggressive peon like most of his simple minded upple middle class brethren.

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

I bet Daren is an outstanding citizen. Crackhead!

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

Tiffany go tree hug in another country and cry baby Kat too!

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

No you didnt. The BITCH that did Kat is the one who I called a bitch. If my words hurt your feeling don't respond. I not here to baby to you because you find virgin ears. I dont give a shit what you think as well. Or anyone for that matter. Who the hell are you to butt into a convo anyways. Go back to the front desk and put your head phone back in.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

I didn't call you an asshole. Calling someone a bitch just makes you sound like you don't have a leg to stand on other than resorting to name calling. There can be a constructive and thoughtful discussion about things like this, one you are clearly not interested in taking part of.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

They don't need to evaluate that in order to make a determination to resort to unprovoked violence!!! How on earth does anyone here believe that punching someone in the face and knocking them out resembles in any way, shape or form appropriate behavior for someone in uniform. Let's say force was required.....still not the right way to go about, what happened to those tasers? How about physically restraining someone without knocking them out?? Look at the size of those men and look at the size of the guy lying on the ground. A punch to the face is just an inexcusable act of malicious violence. That may be true, but your comments are showing a blatant display of ignorance when it comes to mental illness.

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

abusive language? I am sorry didnt know you were in 3rd grade. I forget the real world there is no such thing. Oh and asshole is not abusive language? Stop crying like little brats

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

Lol unless any of you are cops or work with law enforcement then you really cannot say or justify anything. And screw you city pages for bashing MPD. You guys have no idea what it's like to go through a day as a cop. So why don't you back off.

Michael Evolve WagonWheel
Michael Evolve WagonWheel

Uphold THE CONSTITUTION and the level of integrity that your training intended for your job. People should treat each other with dignity, care and respect.... Applying this to all is a no brainer, it's a noting that will change the world one kind gesture at a time. All law enforcement should have to undergo extensive psychiatric evaluations and take courses in cultural/social diversity/conflict resolution and have a wide range of knowledge about the people within the community that they serve. Perhaps these teachings would give them the compassion/understanding and tools of diplomacy necessary to better serve and help those who are in need. How about 5 steps of service before resorting to an assault that could very well lead to death. All over what, being drunk in public?

Wendy Hendrickson
Wendy Hendrickson

Could be mental illness, could be drug addict, alcoholic, or just an idiot either way cops can't afford to try to evaluate that even a psychologist can't determine that in that amount of time. And I'm very well informed I've worked with people from all walks of life for a long time

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

So, what you are saying Joe Peterson is he either cuffed him after punching him without making a move to restrain him, or he cuffed him and then punched him? Either way, completely unnecessary.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

It's not about feeling sorry for them. Ps, when did we all find out that t his man was homeless/jobless?

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

That's SO ingnorant Wendy Hendrickon....a very small portion of people suffering from mental illness are violent. Jeez Louise, inform yourself before judging others.

Tiffany Sorenson
Tiffany Sorenson

way to totally invalidate anything you had to say by resorting to abusive language Greg Lecy. kudos.

Greg Lecy
Greg Lecy

We know. All talk typical hippie!

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

That isn't how you treat mental illness. I wish you weren't such a cold hearted ignorant person.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

After he was punched with out being threatening

Wendy Hendrickson
Wendy Hendrickson

Rainbow foods is not public property they have a right to not allow people to just hang out and their customers/the public rather on public or private property have the right to feel safe. If he's mentally ill and self medicating even more of a reason for police to assume he could unexpectedly react in a violent way.

korn0051
korn0051

Stay classy, Lake Street.

Michael Evolve WagonWheel
Michael Evolve WagonWheel

All of you people supporting this are pawns of the oppressor. You are directly aiding/supporting the demise of our freedom. This shit is getting worse and happening more often everyday. If you believe that this is proper conduct, then you have been duped. An Officer's job is to follow the law, use discretion and serve and protect with compassionate. Punching a sleeping defenseless drunk man does not display any of these things. You all should do a little research on the formation of Nazi Germany. Maybe it will compel you to stand up for those people who can not stand up for themselves. Maybe you will see if you do not stand up for your own rights, history is sure to repeat itself. Maybe you will remove your Shipley face from the shiny talking box and do your own independent research. Wake the f*** up, we are two steps away from being a POLICE STATE!

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

Easy Greg, there are ways of getting you point accross without acting like that.

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

Go for a ride along, most police will let you. Cops don't know the life story of everyone they come into contact with, and they are threatened every day. Forgive me for not siding with the drunk idiot.

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

What if? What if he was a serial killer celebrating after killing 4 children? What if's are not part of the story. He was drunk. He didn't back down.

LiquorControlOfcr
LiquorControlOfcr

Chronic alcoholics on the streets who should be under long term commital but are ignored by Hennepin County Social Services. Shame on Hennepin County for their flagrant disreguard of these people in need. Often times officers responding to these calls can expect to be spit upon, kicked at or bitten by some chronic drek. For those who continually find fault with the police I say Be the Change You want to See. Get out of your comfy cubicle and hit the streets or shut your lilly livered traps. The wages for dealing with this demographic of society are incredibly low and the rewards are few.

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

I hope all the people here that hate cops, need one some day.

Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross

and I don't feel like an asshole. He's the asshole. Lol

Milhouse VanGabb
Milhouse VanGabb

I hate bleeding hearts. That poor man...... Give me a break.

Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross

Exactly Joe. He was drunk. Mental illness or not he made the decision to get wasted and not follow the police orders. End of story. Quit trying to make up some lame excuse. He made that decision.

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

It says in the story that the cop immediately put cuffs on him, as seen by a witness. read it again

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

He was drunk, stop making up excuses that may or may not exist. What if he was a midget? What if he was carrying a shotgun? What if he was a serial killer?

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

Yay police!!!! Minneapolis is a shithole of bums and bangers that don't respect my rights not to be hassled. I'm glad we have the cops we have and this guy disobeyed a police order. I grew up being told to respect authority and have never had a problem with a cop.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Police do not tell people what to do. THat isn't supposed to be their job. They are supposed to enforce rules with COMPASSION. I believe that C word is even on the sides of their cars. . . .

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol Hehehhe, Don't get within a foot of a Cop drunk and flailing.   Especially if you wear your freaking pants below your asshole.   

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@WhiteMatt  ya right, anyone can be a cop. takes no skill.


sit on your ass all day and yell at people


FYI.. Ellison has nothing to do with all the Somali refugees - i think you can thank Wellstone for that one - per your cute avatar pic

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