Activist Al Flowers alleges Minneapolis cops beat him up during arrest

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Al Flowers's mugshot
Just after midnight Saturday morning, Minneapolis cops showed up at longtime community activist Al Flowers's South Side residence. Officers said they had a warrant to arrest his teenage daughter.

Exactly what happened next remains the subject of controversy, but in any event, as the photo at the top of this post indicates, the ensuing altercation left Flowers, 55, bloody and behind bars.

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A Facebook page promoting a protest of Flowers's treatment scheduled for Wednesday says, "When Al asked to see the warrant -- as is his right -- he was viciously beaten by police, and then dragged off to jail."

"People should be aware that Al was already handcuffed when he was beaten," the post continues. "He was hurt so badly that the jail refused to accept him and he was taken to the hospital with broken bones, a concussion, contusions and lacerations. After treatment, he was taken to jail on phony charges to cover for what the cops did to him."

We contacted the MPD to obtain the police report, which merely says Flowers "was transported to HCMC to be evaluated and then booked HCJ for his crimes." He was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the legal process and assaulting 33-year-old officer Christopher Reiter. The report provides no specifics about Flowers's injuries.

The report says Reiter's injuries consisted of bruises from fists. He also required medical attention.

A statement from MPD Chief Janeé Harteau urges people to withhold judgment until an investigation is complete.

"I would like to say that as a Police Chief I am frustrated. I'm sure our entire department is frustrated because we cannot talk about what happened as this case moves through the legal process," Harteau says. "For that reason, I am asking [media] and members of the general public to withhold judgment. I believe you all have been provided with the necessary data that is public information regarding this incident."

"I'd also like to say I'm frustrated because this is a distraction," she continues. "I've spent my weekend here on the North Side, working on public safety strategies and talking with members of the community. I do not want this to be a further distraction from the important work we are doing and this will be our department's last remarks regarding this matter."

In a Star Tribune report, Flowers's attorney, Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion (D-Minneapolis), says that when he visited his client in jail, "I did not see any injuries to Mr. Flowers' hands, nothing to symbolize he had been punching anything... But then again I'm a J.D., not an M.D."

A Hennepin County courts official tells us charges haven't yet been filed against Flowers and won't be until this afternoon at the earliest.

Send your story tips to the author, Aaron Rupar. Follow him on Twitter @atrupar.






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tazman1001
tazman1001

I am so glad to be retired..The people bashing police on this blog are un-informed or ignorant. The slanted story from City Pages is typical.

TruDat
TruDat

In light of today's murder of a police officer I suggest they hold off on the cop-bashing protest that was supposed to be held tonight in South Minneapolis! 

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Laura Gee, are you blind or do you not know what a pulverized face looks like?

Laura Gee
Laura Gee

How is it pretty clear he's correct? Because those are the words that came out of his mouth? I'm stunned how some people have made up their minds about what happened, with one side of the story and zero evidence. If that's all it takes...yikes.

Shawn Laughton
Shawn Laughton

"I'm going to get in between the cops and their job and when I'm arrested I'll resist, why did I get my ass kicked?" Lol that's what he should be saying

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Minnesota Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.03 sub 3 clearly states that "the Officer need not have the warrant in possession when the arrest occurs, but must inform the defendant of the warrant's existence and of the charge." Nowhere does it say provide a copy to a legal guardian.

Keyser Söze
Keyser Söze

Actually, Minnesota rule of criminal procedure 3.03 sub3 clearly states that "the Officer need not have the warrant in possession when the arrest occurs, but must inform the defendant of the warrant's existence and of the charge."

Reality__
Reality__

I wonder how long before the Sharpton/Jackson circus comes into town.

Susan Kjos Woodward
Susan Kjos Woodward

Looking for a free pay off. What a pos. If anyone believes this guy you are gullible. Maybe he should blame his ghetto daughter for having a warrant.

Steve Woodward
Steve Woodward

Got a solution for all you bashing the.cops after only hearing one side. Don't call them for anything and u will never have to interact with them. Problem solved

Sam Alwaysontop Flowers
Sam Alwaysontop Flowers

My Cousin Did NOTHING Wrong In This Case, He Is And Always Have Been Stand Up Person In This Community. Things Like This Defeats His Efforts To Curb The Violence When He Becomes A Victim Of Violence From Those Who Are Supposed To Protect Us.

Michelle France
Michelle France

Sad and have messed with the wrong family this time...wow Sam Alwaysontop Flowers

knygard
knygard

Protest Against MPD Police Violence

Wednesday, July 30
6:00 PM
MPD 3rd Precinct
3000 Minnehaha Ave S (at Lake St), Minneapolis

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

why cant the dumb police chief make a statement regarding the incident?  she thinks she's so wise, but we see her as stupid.

shitbird
shitbird

You're kidding me right? Al flowers is a fucking assclown. His daughter is a criminal on house arrest and his son is a felon thug. What a "community leader". Yeah right. 

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

Don't get me wrong, I don't hate police nor am I afraid of them. I have a few friends that are Minneapolis police officers and they aren't these type we complain about . This behavior continues to happen and not get looked into so, until we do something where they're actually held accountable agencies will continue to employ the psychopaths that beat people and shoot frightened animals.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

My brother got lost after a party walking home. He lived in Mpls and cops picked him up for no reason and dropped him off in north but not after threatening to take him to jail for no reason and scaring him the whole way, luckily he knew his rights. He lived by Nokomis, obviously nowhere near north.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

MPD! Are you reading this? Do you know that people all over the country read and comment on this page? That is how well known this dept is for hit first, sorry later and discrimination like no other. GET IT TOGETHER.

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Your story pisses me off as much as the published one. Thank you for sharing and I am sorry that happened to you.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

All cops should have to wear a camera that is always recording.   Then we would get the truth on these incidents.  

Georgia Connelly
Georgia Connelly

Part of making the North side a safer place involves the Mpls police dept treating everyone with more respect.

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Beat em up first...ask questions later

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

This is standard operating procedure for the MPD ain't it

Kaia Rubin
Kaia Rubin

It's definitely true they threaten jail if you ask to see a warrant, happened to me before. They got me all the way to their jail but I still kept asking to inspect the warrant and to speak with a supervisor to show me their other claims, they eventually gave up and I walked out. Bruised and scraped up too. It's quite apparent that many policemen don't even know what laws they're even enforcing or how to enforce them properly.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

"Alleges?" it's pretty clear he is correct. This would not be the first time the MPD assaulted an activist in retaliation.

czootzoot
czootzoot

Wow!! I'm pretty sure you'd be upset if you were beat by the cops just for asking to see the warrant.  Also once you're in custody they have no right to continue beating you. Let the legal process take its course then well see if he deserved it.  Once again it's people like you that assume its guilty before innocence. 

TruDat
TruDat

@knygard

Or not, we don't want your Northside trash stinkin up our neighborhood!


yoopie93
yoopie93 topcommenter

@shitbird So Kenny, you're using the account names shitbird and shee-iit now, huh?  Well, you at least picked names that absolutely describe you to a tee.  Well done.

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

this was on the south side, please don't make assumptions. first line of the story.

Reality__
Reality__

@czootzoot Yet, you're assuming the cops are guilty before they might be found to be innocent. 


shitbird
shitbird

@digitalprotocol @shitbird   whoa, what misconduct and abuse? they are only allegations so far, and al flowers is a known lying unemployed father of criminals. 

shitbird
shitbird

@digitalprotocol @shitbird whoa, what misconduct and abuse? they are only allegations so far, and al flowers is a known lying unemployed father of criminals. 

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@shitbird @digitalprotocol  Flowers entered the Air Force on 5 August 1965. Retired in 2012.  RETIRED!  It's like talking to an empty chalkboard with you trolls.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@shitbird first off, i enjoy your handle. You must be some dumb cop or a flaming racist. the cops beat the shit out of some old man for no reason. maybe thats why the cops cant make a statement about it..


anyways, fuck off and die cop sympathizer  

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@shee-iit. @KENZ @shitbird Making another account then commenting on your post agreeing with yourself is not new, it's just really really stupid.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@shitbird @ChazDanger @digitalprotocol I don't even have to look at your resume to show that he has done more for our nation and worked harder than you have. But you are faulting him for retiring.  Makes sense... You can leave now.

shitbird
shitbird

@ChazDanger @shitbird @digitalprotocol ho-lee-shit. you know nothing of this guy. he's just looking for a payout. he's more of a burden on the mpls taxpayer than ten gangbangers. and fathers criminals too!

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