Officer Brian Woodfill back at work day after rough, wrongful arrest of Chris Holbrook

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Officer Woodfill expressed displeasure about Holbrook filming him moments before he arrested the Libertarian Party candidate for governor.
Minneapolis Park Patrol Officer Brian Woodfill may still face discipline for wrongfully and roughly arresting Libertarian Party candidate for governor Chris Holbrook last Thursday, but the day after the incident he was back at work per usual.

Or so we've been told by Dawn Sommers, communications director for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, who adds that Holbrook's arrest is now the subject of an internal investigation. (Those sorts of investigations typically aren't quick.)

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As video of last Thursday's incident spread, many were left confused about whether Woodfill is a Minneapolis cop or a park cop, as the two agencies' uniforms are basically identical. But park cops like Woodfill wear different badges, drive differently labeled squads, and report to a whole different set of bosses than Minneapolis Police Department officers.

MPD spokesman John Elder tells us that in the wake of Holbrook's arrest, "Our Facebook page has blown up with all sorts of really negative things, and Twitter as well, people taking runs at the MPD for this incident when in fact it wasn't our officer."

In an interview with the Southwest Journal, Minneapolis Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto suggested Woodfill simply misunderstood the distinction between political free speech and marketing activities that require a permit when he decided to arrest Holbrook.

"At Thomas Beach and some other areas around the lakes it's pretty common that companies will come in and do merchandising, hand things out, solicit feedback from people, try to sell stuff, hand out coupons or VIP tickets, and that is prohibited," Ohotto said. "I think the officer just got off-track and had a singleminded thought that that's what was happening, without doing a thorough investigation."

Meanwhile, despite initial concerns about Holbrook's arrest costing him a day of petitioning and possibly keeping him off November's ballot as a result, the incident actually caused his popularity to spike.

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joseph.t.edmondson
joseph.t.edmondson

It'd be nice if cops in Minneapolis did their job like finding the guys who fired shots from their car the other day on 300 West Lake Street. Seriously, get it fucking together. No one gives a fuck about people talking in the park. Go find the real criminals, please. PLEASE.

thecincybeckster
thecincybeckster

Do what I did a couple days ago. E-mail the Parks chief of police (and copy other relevant park officials) and politely suggest that park officers be required to successfully complete a course on the Constitution-- I suggested the free online course Constitution 101 at Hillsdale College.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

This was clearly a wrongful arrest effected to 'teach the arrestee a lesson.'  Even with dropped charges, an arrestee is almost always stuck with a permanent arrest record with a lasting negative impact. Considering individual officers rarely incur serious sanctions for wrongful arrests, the lasting negative impact on an arrestee might well be a motivating factor for such arrests.


We the People must stop deifying the police. They deserve to be held accountable for mistakes as well as illegal acts. There are enough Bad Apples to fill an orchard.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

why is this pigs skin so soft? like a real pink piggy

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

When a cop doesn't even know the law and wrongfully arrests somebody, why don't they just automatically lose their job? Clearly they are not up to the task.

Tim Olsen
Tim Olsen

Wouldn't it be interesting if Holbrook gets elected... I wonder if Officer Woodfill would still have his job then?

Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson

FYI, park patrol wear same blue and mostly drive SUV's. Source: two park patrol SUV's with officers were breaking up a neighborhood fight on the street corner yesterday.

Ryan Rud
Ryan Rud

They sometimes forget who they actually work for.

Matt Sherman
Matt Sherman

Minneapolis Police demand respect but do very little to deserve it.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

The article explained the differences in uniforms and squads. Specifically, squads say Park Police on the side and they have difference badges, otherwise the two uniforms are identical.

Cory Schultz
Cory Schultz

Park police are untrained wanna'bes who have to call the big boys if an arrest is warranted...if this pig made the arrest he is mpd

Gerhart Toller
Gerhart Toller

Don't they train cops to uphold the laws? Apparently he needs to learn what the 1st amendment is. Isn't that something you learn in middle school. To protect and serve whom? .

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

If you're going to be a cop, and I know it is difficult, don't be a fucking dickhead. OH - and know your god damn job!

Duane Joseph
Duane Joseph

Oh look, he has a pig nose, oakleys, and a buzz-cut. Shocker. Fuckin' one of a kind right here.

Iam BrianHarvey
Iam BrianHarvey

BTW, I think he's regular MPD, not Park Police (assumption based on uniform color and the patches on his uniform, and the SUV he drove in the video - I think Park Police wear tan uniforms)

Iam BrianHarvey
Iam BrianHarvey

Call your state Reps and Senators and demand body cameras/mics for ALL public employees who carry a badge (unless actively working undercover). Needs to happen yesterday.

Anthony Christensen
Anthony Christensen

Internal investigation? This is exactly why nothing is done about this out of control police state.

Thomas Fischer
Thomas Fischer

I think he might be the guy that cut in front of me while I was walking the crosswalk the other day. Same glasses, one arm on the wheel, trying to look badass.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

This guy is a menace and should not be a cop anymore.  I'm sure he has other skills.  He should use them to make a living.

itsover
itsover

why complain now when you sat quietly like sheep when the patriot act passed?

Anonymouse
Anonymouse

Hmm.  Not a MPLS police officer, yet his uniform reads "Minneapolis Police."  I can't imagine why anyone would have mistaken him for a Minneapolis cop...

granfury77
granfury77

You're talking about park patrol agents, yet another layer of badges and uniforms.  Park police are sworn and have powers of arrest.  Patrol agents wear grey and are more like private security, just working for a public entity.

thecincybeckster
thecincybeckster

Do what I did a couple days ago. E-mail the Parks chief of police (and copy other relevant park officials) and politely suggest that park officers be required to successfully complete a course on the Constitution-- I suggested the free online course Constitution 101 at Hillsdale College.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@itsover  I don't know about you, but I yelled and screamed about that, protested, wrote my elected representatives, etc.  For my trouble I got called all kinds of names and told, oddly, to "Go Back To Russia."  And called a "Communist" and a "Blame America Firster."

.itsover
.itsover

@swmnguy @itsover yes you yelled and screamed like a five year old and then you and digital insertion voted for the same people again, when will you finally learn that the democrats and republicans are one and the same? keep voting for them you dumb ass they are laughing at you all the way to the bank.

itsover.
itsover.

@digitalprotocol @itsover what should we have done differently? boo hoo hoo the boogyman is coming and I cant do anything for myself, sounds like a cowards answer

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@itsover. fuck are you talking about?


Please explain how any minnesotan could have prevented the patriot act. 


is the boogyman in your metaphor the govt or terrorists?


you need to think this shit out a bit more


its.over
its.over

@digitalprotocol go back to cowering in your basement, with your dried bean supply for the zombie attack, and do what you are told, if you dont know what to do when the govt overreaches you should not have the right to vote as you are a sheep not a human

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@its.over ooo im sub-human... awesome


if you would, please explain how anyone can do anything about the patriot act... you brought it up after all. are you not a patriot?

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