Mpls Park Police apologizes for roughly arresting Chris Holbrook for no good reason [VIDEOS]

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Yesterday, Libertarian Party candidate for governor Chris Holbrook was in a public park near Lake Calhoun gathering signatures for a petition drive aimed at getting him on the ballot in November when some Minneapolis Park Patrol officers starting giving him a hard time.

The park cop who eventually arrived at the scene operated under the misconception that petitioning in a public park without a permit constitutes some sort of prohibited advertising-related activity. As if that's not bad enough, the officer took umbrage at being filmed and ended up roughly arresting Holbrook.

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Here's the video Holbrook filmed of his conversation with the cop:



On Facebook, Holbrook writes, "At the end of [the above] video he tells me he does not want to be videotaped so I simultaneously stop as he lurches towards me, grabs me, wrenches my wrist and the phone out of it, he takes my phone, and cuffs me without any physical resistance."

Here's video of Holbrook's subsequent arrest:



Holbrook characterizes his arrest as "very painful."

"[W]hen I asked the officer to loosen the cuffs they were tightened (hence the screaming)," he writes on Facebook. "Being detained in the back of that hot squad for 20-30 minutes with no air wasn't pleasant either."

As Dan Feidt points out on his blog, the pertinent city ordinance clearly states that "Person[s] engaging in non-commercial door-to-door advocacy shall not be required to register as a solicitor." (Read the ordinance here.) And since filming public officials on public property also isn't illegal, there was no good reason for Holbrook's arrest.

Later in the day, the Park Police Department apologized via this statement:
This afternoon, the Minneapolis Park Police issued a citation to Christopher Holbrook, Libertarian candidate for governor, for violation of Park Board Ordinance PB2-15: Use of Parks, Parkways and Waters for Financial Gain. The incident and citation were reviewed this evening by Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto who determined that the officer erred and misapplied the ordinance. Park Police Chief Ohotto has dismissed the citation. Chief Ohotto directly contacted Mr. Holbrook this evening and apologized on behalf of the Minneapolis Park Police Department for the error in issuing the citation.

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Park Police Department understands and upholds First Amendment and freedom of speech in the parks.
But Holbrook isn't satisfied with that. From his Facebook page:
I'm going to refrain from posting the citation I was issued, which the Mpls Park Police Chief just called me to apologize about (not the officer mind you). He said it was an error and dismissed it. I am also not going to post my medical evaluation, and photos, either at this time before I seek counsel. (the 'nerve impingment from tendon trauma' is temporary and I hope to regain feeling in my thumb in the next couple days.) But thanks for all the well wishes and keep the signature drive going!
On Facebook, the Libertarian Party writes, "Not only was Chris injured during the arrest, this took 4 petitioners out of the field for the afternoon."

"Averaging 50 signatures per person, per hour - this cost us 600 signatures" the post continues. "With ballot access already difficult, this is a serious matter and interferes with an election."

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


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gregmn
gregmn

Baltimore Cop knifes captive Sharpai

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We have a similar-looking pit-bull cop in the Minneapolis Park Police who attacked a Libertarian candidate for governor because the patriot was legally taking signatures for his campaign, and filmed the attack. The candidate was cuffed so tight his wrists bled and he has nerve damage, and was tossed into a closed squad car for 20-minutes plus.

Notice how these two porkers resemble each other...

Officer Brian Woodfill offered no apology... though his chief did. No charges have yet been filed. The candidate was later released because he had not bitten anyone. The cop is also on the loose -- with full pay and is still running around Minneapolis parks.

No response to my complaint from the Minneapolis mayor, attorney, nor from Senator Al Franken, nor Governor Dayton. Yet.

At least in Baltimore, the Chief seems to have an appropriate concern.

Jail time is good for this corroded cop.

Reference the video: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2014/05/mpls_park_police_apologize_for_roughly_arresting_chris_holbrook_for_no_good_reason_videos.php

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joseph.t.edmondson
joseph.t.edmondson

Can cops look for actual crime like the guys who shot their guns on 300 W Lake Street the other day? This is some fucking bullshit.

rakastettu
rakastettu

What's the name and badge number of this cop? File charges against him for false imprisonment and assault, and sue the city to get his ignorant, fascist, doughnut-loving ass fired.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

This needs to result in civil penalty and min 2 weeks unpaid for the leo


good cops dont want bad cops on the force

Doug Talalla
Doug Talalla

There's an app called " cop watch" get it.

Pahoua Yang
Pahoua Yang

It is all about power and thinking they are the law! Losers!!!

Alex Stone
Alex Stone

I support this SO MUCH. Every place where they've done this has seen a dramatic decrease in police brutality.

Looj Thoj
Looj Thoj

Who gives a fuck! Innocent people are being arrested very minute of every day! Just because he was white and a lawmaker this is news? Fuck You!!!!!!

Yvonne Schram
Yvonne Schram

Loren, if someone is rude to you at work do you stoop to their level and act poorly or do you take the high road and make proactive choices based on the expectation of your position?

John Rouner
John Rouner

Again, Chris, your a giant pussy. No one would want such a cry baby in office.

Alex J. Murphy
Alex J. Murphy

Notice how the officer refuses to answer his question on whether or not filming him is illegal. It is not illegal. Is the dude being stubborn. yep. but thats not illegal. he is exercising his rights. The officer doesn't even know the law he's trying to enforce. You do not have to give an officer identification unless you are being given a citation or being arrested. The cop is trying to manipulate them into waving their rights. None of this would of even been an issue if any of these LEO's actually knew the law. The law is a complicated thing and shouldn't be enforced by people that can't recite the said laws they're trying to enforce. These cops are just mindless minions unknowingly suppressing people's rights for the benefit of the highly wealthy. Brian, if you have facts that prove otherwise. We would all appreciate the sources.

Dustin Skaalerud
Dustin Skaalerud

Yea...agreed, 3rd grader. I agree Alex, definitely. My problem is that it's another wannabe state official surprised by an arrest process, and using it as a soap box to further his cause. When we know damn well that he wouldn't raise a finger, if elected, to change any policies regarding police arrest procedures.

Michael Kerner
Michael Kerner

Also this doesn't surprise me. Your barber has to go through more school and training to cut hair than a cop has to to become a cop. Hahahahaha

Michael Kerner
Michael Kerner

Hahahaha you are the type of person who should have no rights. You're exercising your right to freedom of speech just like he was doing. I can't believe people wasted their time creating someone like you. Do yourself a favor and go set yourself on fire.

Michael Kerner
Michael Kerner

FREEDOM GROWS WHEN COPS GETS PLANTED. SO PLANT A FREEDOM SEED TODAY!

Alex J. Murphy
Alex J. Murphy

Who cares if he's a pansy. his rights were violated and the only way that cop has even the slightest chance of being reprimanded for abusing his power is if this dude jumps through all those stupid hoops like doctors visits and getting a lawyer. Until the good hearted cops quit being pussies and stand up against crooked cops that abuse their power. Fuck em all

Dustin Skaalerud
Dustin Skaalerud

...did he goto the hospital for having cuffs put on him too tightly? What a joke...

Turtl Ography
Turtl Ography

More people need to get a taste of "the justice system" like Mr. Holbrook did. Especially politicians. Maybe then some changes will be made to the authority that's granted to police.

Brian Kivel
Brian Kivel

No he was forced by the pre-school behavior

Chris Kurle
Chris Kurle

Brian the officer chose that route. You sound less intelligent than my preschooler.

Brian Kivel
Brian Kivel

But instead had to be the big shot keeping this officer from doing something more important

Brian Kivel
Brian Kivel

Travvis - what are you in the 3rd grade? The police officer had no idea what this clown was doing - had he just cooperated so they could get to the bottom of it, this wouldn't have happened.

Joshua Painter
Joshua Painter

Don't you just love living in the land of the free and home of the brave? Oh yeah. That's right. We don't live there anymore.

Travvis Stayton
Travvis Stayton

Brian Kivel......if they asked you to whip your pants down on the side of the road, would you? Because it IS coming down to that type of behavior from some of these above the law people.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

A libertarian in a public park? Ha! Isn't that a tad hypocrital?

Shouldn't they be protesting all those wasted tax dollars? Shouldn't they be petitioning to drill for oil in Lake Calhoun? All these goddamn libtards and their wasted space.

Jason Arhelger
Jason Arhelger

“An illegal arrest is an assault and battery. The person so attempted to be restrained of his liberty has the same right to use force in defending himself as he would in repelling any other assault and battery.” (State v. Robinson, 145 ME. 77, 72 ATL. 260).

Yankee Doodle Pablo
Yankee Doodle Pablo

I had no idea who Chris Holbrook even was before he got arrested. I think this whole ordeal worked out quite nicely for Mr. Holbrook.

Paul Watson
Paul Watson

Does he get to rough up some pork in the same manner so they will understand how it feels? That's only fair! Screw your insincere apologies fake tough guys hiding behind a plastic badge!

Brian Kivel
Brian Kivel

Had it coming - Do what the police are asking and quit being a whiny little B.I.C.H

Paul O'Regan
Paul O'Regan

Another great example of Minneapolis pd going after the real criminals. Great job guys, way to clean up the streets

twolf1920
twolf1920

It sure would be nice if cops knew the damn laws that they abused us over. Or wait.... Maybe they could just stop abusing us.

Michael Föcking Farrell
Michael Föcking Farrell

On behalf of the fashion police I would greatly appreciate a further apology from the arresting officers for there horrendous choice of sunglasses.

gregmn
gregmn

Officer Brian Woodfill, under Chief Ohotto. I just filed a complaint to the pChirf, the mayor, and Governor Dayton. Please also send them a message.

No amount of retraining will change an unfit personality who has yet to offer apology for the assault, illegal arrest, and not understanding law. If he was not in uniform, his actions cold have been far more deadly. Get rid of misfits!

gregmn
gregmn

Officer Brian Woodfill, under Chief Ohotto. I just filed a complaint to the pChirf, the mayor, and Governor Dayton. Please also send them a message.

n4zhg1
n4zhg1

@sweetliberty17761776 Two weeks unpaid?  How about "You're gonna make French fries for the rest of your life, or until McAutomat comes to Minnesota."  Every uniform involved in this incident needs to be banned from law enforcement for life.

Alnico
Alnico

@n4zhg1 @sweetliberty17761776

As a former Navy LEO I agree.  This COP should be fired and charged with civil rights violations.  If the COP was uncertain of the law he should have withheld enforcement.  That he enforced wrongly a law and infringed upon protected freedom of speech that can directly affect he bearing of an election is inexcusable.

Further, there was no cause to use force and cuff to merely give a ticket.  Any excuse otherwise is just that, an excuse.  Until people stop settling with Cops/Cities for abuse of force and press through jury trials - real accountability - this nonsense will continue.

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