This is the shocking moment police handcuff four young black teenagers at a park after a white teenager allegedly called the cops on them after he harassed them with a knife and called them the n-word.
Police responded to a call claiming the foursome were threatening violence with knives, sticks, and one with a gun in their backpack on Monday. But it turned out they were weaponless.
Video of the arrest show Minneapolis Park Police cuff and sit two young black kids in front of their vehicle where they are bitten by mosquitoes, as a disturbed bystander demands to know why the youth were under arrest.
The video has gone viral with 2.3million views and is yet another display of police force acting on calls against black children.
A cop pulled a gun against four young black teenagers then handcuffed them in a Minneapolis Park on Monday after receiving a call saying they had a knife and a gun in their backpack
However the boys – two aged 13, one 14 and another 15, were found weaponless. Witnesses say a 17-year-old man harassed them with a knife and garbage can. His girlfriend is believed to have called police
Viral video shows the moment two of the boys are seated in the Minnesota heat where they are bit by mosquitoes after cops handcuff them
The incident unfolded Monday night at Minnehaha Regional Park after police responded to a call around 7:30 where a female caller claimed her boyfriend was being assaulted by four male teenagers bearing knives and sticks and one with a gun in their backpack.
When police arrived on the scene an officer pulled out his gun and pointed it at the teens.
‘One park police officer did un-holster his firearm and point it in the general direction of the four suspects,’ Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto said to CBS.
The suspects were two 13-year-olds, a 14-year-old, and a 15-year-old.
‘No weapons were found. The incident and the validity of the 911 call are under investigation,’ Ohotto said.
The teenagers were released after they were found to have no weapons as officers spoke with witnesses at the park, according to the Spokesman Recorder.
The callers were nowhere to be found and bystanders say that a 17-year-old white male was the one who harassed them, using a knife and a garbage can.
In the harrowing video the woman behind the camera, Brianna Lindell, says: ‘Cops just pulled guns on children. These kids are literally children and can’t be more than, like, 12 or 15 years old.’
The incident unfolded at Minnehaha Regional Park, two of the four pictured above being taken into the cop car by the officers before they were later released
The young boys sat outside the vehicle for a while before they were brought inside by officers
The boys were placed into the police vehicle but were released soon afterwards, officials say
An officer said they were simply responding to a disruption in the area, but bystanders were quick to defend the boys saying it was another allegedly white 17-year-old male who started it
Minneapolis Park Board President Brad Bourn said the children are safe and with family on Wednesday
‘The mosquitoes bro, ugh!’ the kids are heard moaning about the bites.
‘These kids are getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and they asked for their shirt then they yelled at my partner for trying to give to a shirt to them,’ Lindell says.
‘F****** racist. I can’t put my shirt on? How the f*** we have guns,’ the shirtless teen says.
‘Yeah where’s the person that was starting an altercation with them? He was threatening them with a knife and a garbage can and everything,’ Lindell says.
‘An older white kid, he was probably 17 was threatening these kids with a knife and coming at them with a garbage can calling them the n-word when we passed by earlier and cops come and they arrest the kids apparently,’ she adds.
Despite her explanation, police put the two kids into the car.
‘That’s what white people do now, they use the cops as their own personal service,’ Lindell says.
When Lindell confronts an officer that arrested the kids, the officer says they’re not under arrest.
Three were later released at the scene after being placed in the car and one who was a runaway was taken to local Juvenile Supervision Center.
The officer in the video also says they tried to find that reported 17-year-old instigator but to no avail.
Officials said they spoke to witnesses at the scene and found their accounts didn’t match up with the 911 caller’s account. They were never able to reach the caller to validate her story.
‘I think the details of the 911 call describing knives and guns are what we need to investigate and get to the bottom of,’ Ohotto said.
Speaking on the incident on Wednesday Minneapolis Park Board President Brad Bourn said the children are safe.
‘The children in the video are safe and with their families. The best thing the Park Board can do is invest in our kids and provide them fun, positive, structured activities to engage in. For the last decade, investment in our youth has been virtually stagnant,’ he wrote on Facebook.