Minneapolis cop criticized for treatment of homeless man at Temple Israel

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All photos via Keane Amdahl
Police haul a homeless man away from Temple Israel.
Friday afternoon, one of our Hot Dish contributors, Keane Amdahl, was hanging out at the Spyhouse Coffee on Hennepin Avenue near Uptown when he noticed a Minneapolis police officer trying to roust a man from under an awning at nearby Temple Israel.

But the way the officer handled the situation prompted Amdahl to write a letter of complaint to MPD Chief Janeé Harteau before the evening was through.

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In an email, Amdahl says the man, who appeared to be homeless, "was trying get out of the rain by hiding under [the] awning."

"The cop took the man's boot and a crutch and threw it down to the bottom of the stairs," he writes. "He then took the man's backpack, which was attached to a dog, and threw it down the stairs which of course dragged the dog with it halfway down the stairs."

In a followup conversation, Amdahl says that after witnessing the cop toss the man's stuff, he and his friend asked the officer why he did that and who he is.

"When we confronted him and asked him for his information, he tried telling us, 'The guy told us to do that,'" Amdahl says.

We asked Amdahl if the cop, whose badge number he couldn't quite see from where he was standing, was being sarcastic.

"Oh yeah, without question," he replies. "He didn't want to give me any of his information. I don't know what his requirements are on that per se, but yeah, he kinda got all huff and puff about it and tried to be fairly intimidating."

In his email, Amdahl writes, "When I approached the officers [a female cop was also at the scene] and asked for his identification, [the male officer] became hostile and started to make threatening gestures. He said if I had a problem, I should contact the Minneapolis police chief and that he was from the 5th Precinct."

So that's exactly what Amdahl did. He wrote this letter (printed here unedited) to Chief Harteau later Friday evening:
Dear Police Chief Harteau,

I'm writing to file a formal complaint against a police officer who refused to identify himself at a scene that took place outside of the Temple Israel Synagogue just off of 24th Street and Hennepin Ave in Uptown at approximately 5:45pm.

While standing outside the Spyhouse Coffee Shop on Hennepin Ave, I observed the initial responding police officer trying to remove a pair of loiterers from the top of the Temple stairs. After one of the individual loiterers left the premises, the officer started to become more hostile to the second, who was being difficult, but not threatening. My friend and I both witnessed the officer pickup the individuals shoes and a crutch that the man needed to walk, and throw them down to the bottom of the stairs. The officer then picked the mans backpack, which was clearly tied to a dog (something that I could see from half a block away) and also throw it down the stairs thereby dragging the dog with it down several steps. Eventually several other officers arrived at the scene and they helped the man down the stairs and placed him into the back of the truck. While the man was clearly being difficult and in the wrong, the excessive treatment of the original responding officer was unwarranted, overtly aggressive, and certainly unbecoming of an officer of the Minneapolis Police Force.

When I approached the officers and asked for his identification, he became hostile and started to make threatening gestures. He said if I had a problem, I should contact the Minneapolis police chief and that he was from the 5th precinct.

As a concerned Minneapolis citizen, I am formally requesting that this issue be looked into. I would be happy to be of any assistance that I can.

Sincerely,
Keane Amdahl
The MPD hadn't responded to the letter as of yesterday afternoon.

Amdahl says the incident ended with the homeless man being loaded into a squad car and hauled away. We contacted the MPD's public information officers seeking more information, but were told that without a specific case number, which we didn't have, the PD wouldn't be able to comment.

Amdahl's friend took a number of photos of the cops dealing with the homeless man. To see them, click to page two.


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Colleen Ferguson
Colleen Ferguson

I have cousins and friends who are cops who would never condone this behavior. This is plain old thug bullying, and animal abuse. The 5th precinct is known for incompetence but thuggery too?

Colleen Ferguson
Colleen Ferguson

The 5th precinct has a history of incompetence. Now cruelty to animals and handicap people? What happened to the dog?

LaMorris Britton
LaMorris Britton

Now just think here for one min. If this can be done to the homeless . The homeless ! Then anyone else can really get the treatment . Wow it don't stop do it ?

Relux Emespe
Relux Emespe

Another example. Just wait folks, new bombshell video is going to be released soon that will blow this department up and finally cause some changes I would think

Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman

How would City Pages handle this if it was a gang thug from the North side? Would you still be whining the same way?

loujust1989
loujust1989

Dear MPD, 

 Bullying is not a profession. Get a real job.


Signed,

Everyone that possesses at least half a brain, and an ounce of compassion. 



gotmuggedinmpls
gotmuggedinmpls

The police have better things to do than look into your greedy request. 

Derek Martinez
Derek Martinez

Another example of a powerless ass getting into law enforcement to get his jollies from abusing others and being a power monger. Unacceptable at every level.

Matt Mortensen
Matt Mortensen

There turning into Thugs, I can't figure out why. But this needs to stop. I think they need Mandatory counseling, there Job can be Stressful....

Ian Kothe
Ian Kothe

You know why stuff like this is becoming more rampant? Because the officers involved never get charged or fired. They always get payed suspension during their pending investigations. This isn't teaching police anything other than that they can get away with anything on duty.

Sean Hildesheim
Sean Hildesheim

MPD is a bunch of fat over paid power hungry pigs. And their chief is a crooked cock sucking mouth breeder.

CRZ.
CRZ.

Cops aren't allowed to choose not to identify themselves.  They're not above the law (no matter how much they want to believe they are).

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Four pics of nothing conclusive and the stupid oozes out of everyone. I hate cops as much as the next guy, but stupid people in numbers are way scarier.

Suzanne Stenson O'Brien
Suzanne Stenson O'Brien

I don't know what kind of training - I am not an expert, but maybe therapeutic anger management? Stress reduction? It is clearly a really hard job that gets up against resistance and fear and danger all the time - it seems like throwing someone's stuff and dog down the stairs is just an inch from throwing someONE down the stairs. And this wouldn't seem humane nor necessary, let alone even greater instances of brutality. As a community, maybe we should be proactive?

Jean C Thorne
Jean C Thorne

The police are hired to "protect and serve" - what went wrong? The offenders need to be reprimanded severely enough to deter this kind of behavior.

Verna Zylstra
Verna Zylstra

Come on Dave do you hate cops that bad or do you want us to live in a lawless land, which will happen if we don't show a little respect.You do not realize what cops go through every day to protect us by putting their own lives at risk

Chad Fischer
Chad Fischer

Well we all must continue to be vocal and make changes as this is a disgrace. Reading below there are many people who feel the same with so many other stories, everyone needs to be louder and more active.

Paul Bueltel
Paul Bueltel

I had this posted on another youtube channel , think its around 20,000 views & tons of comments by people, everyone outraged by the behavior of these deputies. Not 1 saying the deputies were doing the right thing. But yet the sheriff rewarded this behavior , its insane. Only city pages & hastings star have published stories on this & all other news channels wont touch it.

Chad Fischer
Chad Fischer

You can see that something as simple as hiring and training processes are completely immaterial here, also a top down issue.

K Los Garcia
K Los Garcia

Shit happens. That's y they need to use a shovel sometimes.

Sheryl M. Snitkin
Sheryl M. Snitkin

I'm a member of TI, and I'm saddened and shocked that this happened. I'm sure the cop was acting independently. Doesn't sound at all like something TI would do.

Sarah Lawl
Sarah Lawl

Lol....the system is supposed to mandate that the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt be proven by the state, county, judge, or jury. A person is not supposed to have to prove their innocence.....but we all know how that goes.

Paul Bueltel
Paul Bueltel

Another important thing to note, as we see here what police in dakota county are wasting their time doing, the very next night a girl was shot on the HWY less than 10mins from where this took place. The shooter never caught & no police were around patrolling preventing real crime like that... Very sad

Paul Bueltel
Paul Bueltel

Shit in this incidence a judge ruled the deputy violated constitutional rights when the deputy interrogated the drive at gun point while he was being threatened with death however trial is still set for jan & sheriff bellows awarded the deputy "deputy of the month" for his involvement in this incident. It defies common sense & logic. http://youtu.be/fYMdBr9QUAE

Charlie
Charlie

If his civil rights were violated by an abusive asshole with a badge, then YES.  I'm sorry the victim has to be white and well off for you to personally give a shit, but I guess that's more your problem...asshole

Charlie
Charlie

@gotmuggedinmpls NO.  Actually an officer abusing a citizen should be priority fucking one when dealing with people who swore a fucking oath to uphold the constitution.

Charlie
Charlie

maybe not MANDATORY counseling, but counseling made available to them.  What needs to be mandatory is yearly Psych evals

Jeff_Mpls
Jeff_Mpls

The Chief....um.....doesn't suck cocks. She likes to suck something else.....................

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran That's all you do is ooze stupidity. You're a racist homophobic, misogynist asshole and no one cares what you think.  Go away.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MNjoe Cool, typical response bro. Stay intelligent.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran @MNjoe I'm not your bro, fuckhead. You wouldn't know intelligent if it bit you on the ass. There's a lot more to the article other than "four pics of nothing" but as you have very little reading skills, I can see why you'd make such a stupid comment. In fact, every comment you've ever made is pretty stupid. 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

@MNjoe Awesome. Another cool, typical response, bro. In your fucked up universe, one man's word and nothing else is judge, jury, and executioner. Your family doesn't even like you. Just do it.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran @MNjoe Actually, if you had any reading comprehension skills at all, you'd know it's not "one man's word." There is another witness.   Do what? 

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

A mouth will say anything. There is nobody else at this point, just Amdahl. You're an emotional wreck. Worthless and weak. Just do it already.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@mingtran You mean YOUR mouth will say anything.   Do what already? 

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