Minneapolis cop who threatened to break teen's legs suspended; probe ongoing

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A threat of physical violence against a teenage boy has earned a Minneapolis cop a suspension, as the investigation into their encounter continues.

MPR News reports that Officer Rod Webber has been put on "home assignment" with pay over the March incident, which was recorded on 17-year-old Hamza Jeylani's cell phone.

The incoming president of the Minneapolis police union told the station the discipline could include "anything from coaching to termination," and refused to predict the outcome of the investigation.

The incident occurred after Webber pulled over the teen and his friends, who had apparently just finished playing basketball at a South Minneapolis YMCA.

The stop grew intense as the boys were taken out of the car and handcuffed, with the officers later telling them they were suspected of stealing the vehicle.

Webber told Jeylani, “if you [expletive] with me, I’m going to break your legs before you get the chance to run.”

The video from the exchange, which circulated on social media, can be seen below. Please be aware that it contains profanity.

https://youtu.be/_knn0J4O3EA

One of the young men in the vehicle was charged with stealing a rental car from the Twin Cities airport a few days before the pullover, but the charges came the following month, according to FOX 9.

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