MPD cop isn't in trouble for taking photo of festive U of M women

Categories: Police, U of M
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Via @BeccaBabble (left) and @MeeshballSub (right).
As Thursday's night Dinkytown hockey riot wound down, a Minneapolis cop took a moment to snap a photo of an officer dressed in riot gear posing with two school spirit-filled women.

The cop's photo is at right. At left is a photo of the photo taken by University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton, who told us, "I thought it was too funny that he has his baton between his legs while he's holding up a camera and taking a picture."

See also:
Dinkytown hockey riot part deux: Top photos

St. Paul cops have gotten themselves in trouble for unprofessional photos a couple different times recently. First there were two separate instances of St. Paul cops dressing up as Muslim women, then, earlier this year, another officer came under investigation after he posed for a photo with a man who looked to be passed out.

But the Minneapolis cop who took the photo at the top of this post won't face similar scrutiny, MPD spokesman John Elder tells us.

"If this was in the middle of the disturbance and the officer did that, it would be of concern, but I have spoken with people who have said they talked with people who were involved in the photos and it was after everything was calmed down and finished," Elder says. "This is community engagement."

Elder also points out the officer in riot gear pictured posing with the women doesn't even work for the MPD. Other law enforcement agencies, including the University of Minnesota Police Department and Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, also had officers in Dinkytown that night.

"It's not uncommon. I remember when I was in uniform people would ask you to stop and take a picture with them, somebody from out of town," Elder says. "Certainly people from across the ocean want a picture with American cops.

Ultimately, the key thing is that the riot had died down when the photo was taken.

"The picture certainly appears to have been taken at a time when everything had wound down, ergo, this isn't an issue, doesn't violate policy," Elder says. "We encourage officers to engage with the community."

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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30 comments
nolanj02
nolanj02

I got stuck in Dinkeytown during the riot in 2003. The riot cops managed to beat the shit and mace all of the people who were not rioting while they watched the actual rioters with a thumb up their ass. Kudos to him for actually having a personality with the public.

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

Community engagement is a pretty big part of the force's job.

Erik Seavey
Erik Seavey

Shitheads with be shitheads, you're right. The people causing disorder were shitheads, the police tried to restore order. The photos are certainly nothing wrong.

Steve Nathe
Steve Nathe

As long as they were not in the middle of a conflict or some disruption, tt was probably one of the best things they could have done for PR!

Tiffany Val
Tiffany Val

Here's the thing. Shitheads are going to take every opportunity to be shitheads. Some cops will royally fuk up and go out of bounds, some will will be peave officers who are there to keep the peace and serve. It's apparent all of us will never be on the same page. We should focus on what's going to help us all. Seemingly everyone loves their personal pics/ selfies. Shouldn't we as tax payers be more concerned about our pre plan, our plan and contingent plan. I feel let down about it all. I was at the Dinkytowner riot yearsss ago, seems like nothing has changed. Yikes for us..and the vehicles parked in the area, the businesses, etc.

Benjamin Wilson
Benjamin Wilson

Why would he be?? Let the officers be community police like the framework they are supposed to work in.

Hanni Kenny
Hanni Kenny

Another HARD HITTING STORY from the brilliant minds at city pages.

Noah Fentz
Noah Fentz

My ex had a cop put his handcufs on her and took a pic once...didn't seem right 2 me

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

Your missing the point that while cops are telling kids to calm down, they are fucking partying with them. Mixed messages!

Dave Kohn
Dave Kohn

Good for the cops!! Keep it lite and have fun and be human!!! Goes along way to earning respect instead of being pricks all the time!!

Shawn Spence
Shawn Spence

Would some people rather they have been arrested for public intoxication or underage drinking or something?

Jesse Spalding
Jesse Spalding

Good. Cops are people too and despite how much people might hate them, they probably have the most important jobs in the city. Disrespectful.

Jennifer Dahn
Jennifer Dahn

Everytime a cop does something like this everyone thinks its just so cute and their celebrated but when they smash an individual's face in...somehow it becomes the victims fault.

Sarah Lawl
Sarah Lawl

Thats just it....there wasnt a riot....

Darryl E White
Darryl E White

Of course.. In the middle of a "riot" situation, public enforcers always have time to take time out for a "photo op" with the aggressors. Hypocrites!

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81

I'm really disappointed with City Pages lacking coverage of the U of M hockey fan riots. I was expecting a lot more articles, pictures, and cell phone videos of the action.   A few posts a day about these events is not enough. Where did the women with striped pants come from? Who was the girl who yelled "whooooooooo" before getting into her mom's Honda? Did the stumbling kid wearing blue jeans make it to his job at Starbucks the next day or was his hangover too much to handle?  These are questions every Minnesotan is dying to know! I expect you to hit the streets Aaron and get to the bottom of this!

Juliana Christa Berg
Juliana Christa Berg

It's unprofessional. They both should've got at least written up or something.

Nathan Conley
Nathan Conley

F the cops. I can be located on the 700 block of N 54th. In Duluth

Kayla Merkel
Kayla Merkel

they should be looking into the unprofessional manner of the cops that threw flashbangs at innocent civilians walking on their way home instead.

Sarah Lawl
Sarah Lawl

Job description...id rather them go outside of the job description and take pictures than to go outside of the job description and use excessive force on someone.

Ima B. Musing
Ima B. Musing

However, the pants being worn by the students should be arrested... Lil Abner?

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