Comment of the Day: What St. Paul ordinance says about Chris Lollie's arrest

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Today's comment of the day goes to A_Concerned_Citizen, who provides some nice legal analysis of Chris Lollie's controversial arrest in a St. Paul skyway.

Citing a St. Paul ordinance, Citizen argues a First National Bank Building security guard had no legal basis for asking Lollie to leave his skyway seat, and therefore, police had no basis for getting involved either.

Here's the comment:

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The document Citizen links to is the "General Policy Statement for the Construction of the Saint Paul Skyway System."

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Eddie Phillips
Eddie Phillips

Can you post this story again tomorrow please Shitty City Pages Minneapolis

Adrienne E. Reed
Adrienne E. Reed

not comment of the day when it was common sense from the start..can't make sense out of nonsense!

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Carolyn Murray You have an intelligent and nuanced view of society and the legal system. Please keep contributing your valuable opinions in public.

Carolyn Murray
Carolyn Murray

white priviledege: paying for frivolous fake butthurt lawsuits thru property taxes

Diane Kerr
Diane Kerr

This was a stacked deck stacked years ago when we first thought it was alright to make slaves out of people. Nothing has changed much and won't until we identify the real disease for what it is. We all have it too btw.

Micah Vono
Micah Vono

This strikes a special nerve for me because I worked in downtown STP for about 6 years in the 2000s. I spent a lot of time in those skyways on lunch or killing time between my work and bus schedule. I loitered. I sat in public and private areas just to people-watch or be alone in a crowd. I watched security and law enforcement calmly ask the city's homeless to leave on many occasions, but I was never noticed. I can easily put myself in this situation and in no scenario can I imagine being harassed or followed... and certainly not tasered or arrested just for sitting down. He did nothing wrong.

Nancy Sallman
Nancy Sallman

Who is white. I would not have approached from the start.

Nancy Sallman
Nancy Sallman

The first mistake was the security guard, second the first officer that did not accept Mr. Lollie's explanation and continued to try to force his compliance for an illegal question to begin. I am an old gray haired lady who is whit

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson

A person may not be required by law to show ID. However, if the police have reason to believe that an offense has been committed you may be arrested and booked instead of being given a ticket. People should be advised to choose carefully when deciding.

Dean131
Dean131

The thing that nobody is talking about in the Chris Lollie affair is how the cops were able to hold on to this guy's phone for 6 months for allegedly sitting someplace he wasn't supposed to. 

Don Anderson
Don Anderson

Not saying he had to show it. But it might have diffused the situation if he had had it on him. ( which someone pointed out to me that it was stolen) Sometimes it might be best to swallow your pride and live to fight another day. As in the legal channels he is now going through. I think there is room on both sides for improving the way this was handled.

Marisa Myhre
Marisa Myhre

Boom! Thanks for reading through the hard stuff for the rest of us A_Concerned_Citizen!!

Andri Abercrombie
Andri Abercrombie

Don, if you read what Lollie has posted, he shared that his wallet, along with his ID had been stolen a short time before so he did not have identification with him. Regardless, it's very clearly discrimination. I worked downtown for a year as a business professional and saw it everyday.

Chris Helgerson
Chris Helgerson

hese cops were instigaters and absolutely averly aggressive towards this person...they had no right to even question him about his business in the skyway. The person they should have nailed down is the racist security guard that made the call.

Debbra Myers
Debbra Myers

our rights are being taken away over and over...try walking a day in a black mans shoes for just one day...he did not have to show a "ID" he did nothing wrong...period...and looks like he has 2 lawsuits...one with the bank and on with the city...I hope he uses his right sot the fullest extent of the law...

Don Anderson
Don Anderson

Statement may be true but the situation could have been defused by just showing his ID and fighting whether it was a violation having to show his ID later. That being said; was the use of the taser a correct option? I wasn't there so I don't know.

Joey.vincent
Joey.vincent

Watch the first full interview of Chris Lollie. Chris granted "Filter Free Amerika" his first ever, full length interview detailing his assault and kidnapping by members of the Saint Paul, MN Police Department. He explains in complete detail the events before and after the now viral YouTube video of his incident as well as how it all went down in court when all of his fraudulent charges were thrown out. You will not believe the parts of the story NOT yet made public! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fn_8ErWbqo 


Charlie
Charlie

White privilege: being able to sit in public without being assumed a criminal

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