Roseville cops sued for roughing up man during traffic stop [DASH CAM FOOTAGE]

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Hernandez-Rivera looked the worse for wear following his May 26 arrest.
The Roseville Police Department has been hit with a $500,000 lawsuit by a Minneapolis man who claims cops used excessive force against him during a traffic stop on eastbound Highway 36 last May.

Victor Yair Hernandez-Rivera, 25, was in the passenger seat of a car that was pulled over for speeding. The driver bolted on foot and wasn't apprehended, but Hernandez-Rivera was roughly thrown to the ground as he slowly emerged from the vehicle. With officers on top of him, he was repeatedly tasered, and dashboard cam footage appears shows a third officer taking a hard swing at him with his fist.

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MPD cop isn't in trouble for taking photo of festive U of M women

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Via @BeccaBabble (left) and @MeeshballSub (right).
As Thursday's night Dinkytown hockey riot wound down, a Minneapolis cop took a moment to snap a photo of an officer dressed in riot gear posing with two school spirit-filled women.

The cop's photo is at right. At left is a photo of the photo taken by University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton, who told us, "I thought it was too funny that he has his baton between his legs while he's holding up a camera and taking a picture."

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Dinkytown hockey riot part deux: Top photos


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Dinkytown riot: Kaler vows "zero tolerance" Saturday night as MPD reports two cops injured

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Bridget Bennett/The Minnesota Daily (via Facebook)
U of M and MPD officials don't want a repeat of this scene tomorrow night.
:::: UPDATE :::: Dinkytown hockey riot part deux: Top photos

University of Minnesota junior Becca Leighton was just planning to stay in and watch the Frozen Four semifinal hockey game. But after the Gophers pulled off a stunning last-second victory, she started receiving Snapchats from friends who were out and about in Dinkytown as students overran the streets in scenes reminiscent of Halloween in Madison.

So Leighton, her boyfriend, and his roommate decided to check it out for themselves.

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DRE scandal: Ruling opens door to finding out where cops got their pot

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The DRE scandal resulted in no criminal charges, but some of the program's subjects are seeking substantial civil compensation.
A federal judge has green-lighted a lawsuit brought by Occupy protesters against law enforcement agencies that allegedly gave them pot as part of officers' Drug Recognition Expert training.

The ruling means the case is headed toward a trial that could reveal where officers got the pot they allegedly doled out to protesters in exchange for their participation in the controversial program, which was the subject of a five-part City Pages series.

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Occupy Homes plans protest after more homeless people are arrested by MPD

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Via respres on Flickr
Days after three homeless people were arrested at a foreclosed home in south Minneapolis, Occupy Homes says four more arrests occurred this week for the same thing.

A mother and son were arrested for squatting in a foreclosed home near Penn Avenue North and Golden Valley Road, and two more were arrested at a home near Park Avenue South and 31st Street, Occupy Homes representatives say.

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Incident report filed in police knockout of Native American man

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Yesterday we told you the story of a witness who says he saw police knock out a man who had been laying on the floor causing a scene at the Rainbow on 28th Avenue at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.


Today we have the incident report, and though it provides more details about who was involved, it doesn't answer the question of what the suspect did to provoke the right hook to the jaw.
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MPD says it found gun ditched by Terrence Franklin during chase that ended with his death

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The MPD says Franklin was shot to death in a Lyn-Lake-area basement after he grabbed an officer's MP5 and fired shots.
About 10 months after burglary suspect Terrence Franklin was fatally shot by MPD officers, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it found a handgun apparently ditched by him during the foot chase that culminated in his death.

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A press release distributed by the MPD this morning says the gun was stolen from a home in northeast Minneapolis on May 9, the day before all hell broke loose after Franklin was identified as a burglary suspect while driving down Lyndale Avenue South and pulled over.

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Punch from Minneapolis police officer sends man to hospital [PHOTOS]

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This was the scene outside 2921 26th Ave. South yesterday
A Minneapolis police officer punched out an apparently inebriated man yesterday, causing him to be taken from the scene via ambulance, according to a witness who provided his account and photos of the incident on condition of anonymity.

"When the man got within roughly a foot of the officer, the officer punched the man in the jaw with his right fist, knocking him against the windows of the storefront, taking him to the ground and immediately cuffing him," the witness says. "He appeared to be knocked out and blood was pooling out from his mouth."
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Couple shot to death by officers in Eden Prairie wouldn't drop knife, officials say

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Matthew Serbus (left) and Dawn Pfister (right)
The couple shot to death last week in Eden Prairie following a high-speed chase involving a stolen car were gunned down because they wouldn't put down a knife, authorities say.

THE BACKSTORY: Man and woman fatally shot following police chase on Hwy 212

After the heisted red Saab crashed on Highway 212 near Dell Road in Eden Prairie, Matthew Serbus, 36, emerged from the vehicle with a knife, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says. Despite "repeated commands from officers to drop the weapon," he refused to put it down and was shot. His alleged partner in crime, 34-year-old Dawn Pfister, then picked up the knife. She was also shot.

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St. Paul PD investigating funny meme pic of officer and passed out man

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St. Paul Police spokesman Paul Paulos was recently browsing theCHIVE social media site when he came across the image at the top of this post.

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Concerned about the message it conveys, Paulos's department has since begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the pic.

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