The mayor of Nisswa, Minnesota, was arrested over the weekend, with his apprehension by police caught on camera and shared on the popular video app TikTok.
Fred Heidmann was arrested for obstruction of a peace officer and disorderly conduct, following an incident in which he seems to have confronted officers carrying out a traffic stop on a vehicle that was not his own.
According to a report from Pequot Lakes PD sent to BMTN, Heidmann started recording officers carrying out a traffic stop as part of the department's work in the Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety program.
He then allegedly began to cross the highway towards the vehicle, with officers telling him he could record but must do so from a safe distance, at which point Heidmann allegedly "became belligerent and argued with the officers and then left the scene," only to return a short time later "with the same demeanor."
Video shared by the TikTok user Mill333 – who said Heidmann "tried to make sure we were okay" – catches a snippet of the conversation, with Heidmann saying: "You know what? And you know what? You're not qualified to do this kind of work, you should be patrolling the streets."
It's at this point that the officer arrests Heidmann, placing an arm around his neck as Heidmann tries to move away, before putting Heidmann's arm behind his back, and placing him face down on the hood of the car as another officer comes to help.
Heidmann was cited by the officers and released.
BMTN has reached out to the City of Nisswa and Heidmann for comment.
The mayor was most recently the subject of headlines in June, after he posted a comment to Facebook defending a Brainerd school teacher who posted racist comments online following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and riots in the Twin Cities, blaming Black people for the unrest and saying you didn't see white people acting that way.
Heidmann wrote that what she said "is a pretty accurate account of what is happening," although he said that what happened to Floyd was "inexcusable" and the officers involved should "face the consequences to the full extent of the law."
Other posts from Heidmann's Facebook page, according to the Pine and Lakes Echo Journal, included an article about why gay marriage is harmful, a post claiming Muslims hate "Christians, Jews and atheists," and an article from an anti-Islam conspiracy site.