Video shows man assaulted while in police custody

Why didn't Minneapolis officers intervene?

Critics are again condemning the behavior of Minneapolis police after a video that surfaced on social media this weekend.

Facebook user Conquiesha Graham, who posted the video Sunday afternoon, says the incident in question happened Saturday night at Augies Bourbon Street Cabaret – a strip club in downtown Minneapolis.

The 11-second clip shows a man in handcuffs being held down by his neck against the sidewalk by another man. The man pinning him there wears a black T-shirt with "security" written on the back. An incident report from the Minneapolis Police Department identifies him as a bouncer at the club. 

The camera keeps rolling as the bouncer bends down on one knee and punches the handcuffed man three times in the face. You can hear a bystander's surprised shriek and a man's voice that says, "Bro you can't do that man."

By Tuesday evening, the video has been viewed more than 18,000 times on Facebook and was approaching 600 shares.

People commenting on the post are questioning the role of the officer in the background, who appears to stand by, not intervening.

One commenter, who says he's also a bouncer, claims that police will "definitely give passes" to bouncers dealing with rowdy customers, but that this time it looks "uncalled for."

GoMN reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department for comment, and received this statement:

“Officers responded to a security guard who had been assaulted. An adult male was cited and released for misdemeanor 5 degree assault. While in custody, this suspect was assaulted by another adult male. An assault report has been taken and that case remains under investigation. Subsequently, the Office of Police Conduct Review is reviewing this incident. It appears that an officer was near the second incident and was in the process of activating his body camera and speaking into his shoulder microphone at the time it occurred.”

The incident report says the handcuffed man was released at the site to be seen by medics "for treatment for injuries received during the altercation." It also identifies two arresting officers at the scene: Tobias Anderson and Joseph Klimmek.

Imani Jaafar, director of the Office of Police Conduct Review, which investigates complaints against police, told the Star Tribune that her office will review the incident and decide whether to launch a formal investigation.

“We are going to take it under consideration,” she told the paper. “We’re in the beginning stages of looking at it.”

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