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At 9:43 a.m. on January 31, police were summoned to the skyway in downtown St. Paul's First National Bank Building on a report of a man loitering. The video footage shows an officer asking the then-27-year-old man to provide his name.
The police report says the man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process. Here's the St. Paul PD's official version of events:
Squad 524, M. Johnson/ 526, B. Schmidt were called to the First National Bank Building (332 Minnesota) on a report of uncooperative male refusing to leave. Officers later made contact with this male... who refused to cooperate and would not give his name. He was later arrested for Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process (Citation #620900211109).
The man was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing the legal process, but those charges were later dropped.
On Twitter, the St. Paul PD's public information officers said no formal complaint has been filed in connection with the incident.
Maybe he fit the description of someone who just stole some cigars nearby?
originally posted by: minusinfinity
maybe a way to stop the problem is to not break the law.
why is it some people get stopped by the police so often? because they're black or because they're criminals?
i have had many black friends who never got questioned by the police.
if you don't act like a criminal you won't be treated like a criminal. (period.)
originally posted by: matafuchs
I hate bad cops. With a passion. however, since I was a kid, if an officer asked me what I was doing or for ID I gave it up because i was doing nothing wrong. I teach my children to respect them. They are the law. Plain and simple.