MN Police Chief Calls Cop’s Action During Occupy Arrests Unnecessary, Disappointing

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Click Photo to See Video of Minneapolis Police Assaulting Cameraman

Click Photo to See Video of Minneapolis Police Apparently Assaulting Cameraman

Minneapolis Police Chief Timothy Dolan publicly scolded an officer who apparently assaulted a KSTP cameraman Saturday night during arrests of Occupy activists attempting to occupy Peavey Plaza on Nicolet Mall. Dolan issued this press release earlier today:

“The Minneapolis Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is in the process of reviewing the incident involving a KSTP cameraman Chad Nelson last Saturday evening. We instructed all of our officers before this, and any demonstration, to not take individual actions unless they are warranted for personal safety. From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary. If that is the case, I am a very disappointed.”

Video shows apparent police assault of KSTP cameraman

The above video, filmed by Rogue Media, appears to show the policeman assaulting cameraman Chad Nelson and knocking his video camera to the ground. Meanwhile, Occupy activists changed “the whole world is watching!”

In this video below, Occupy activist Ben Egerman explains his perspective on what happened Saturday night:

The Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Secret Service recently paid a settlement of $100,000 to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman for her illegal arrest and assault during the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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