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CAIR-Minnesota to Announce Settlement with Mpls. Park Police for Somali Youth Handcuffed, Held at Gunpoint

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/21/2020) – On January 22, the Minnesota chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) will announce a settlement with Minneapolis Park Police over a 2018 incident in which four Somali-American Muslim youth were handcuffed and held at gunpoint at Minnehaha Falls by Minneapolis Park Police.

WHAT: Announcement of Settlement on Minnesota Park Police Incident

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 11 a.m.

WHERE: CAIR–Minnesota Office, 2511 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; CAIR-MN Civil Rights Attorney Ellen Longfellow, Esq., 612-206-3360, elongfellow@cair.com

BACKGROUNDER:

After many requests, the Minneapolis Park Board released the police reports and video of the incident. One of the police officers received a two-day suspension for his treatment of the teenagers. The suspension was upheld by an arbitrator.

The teens, their mothers and the Minneapolis Park Board reached a settlement to resolve the discrimination charges filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. CAIR representatives will discuss this settlement at the press conference.  

SEE: ‘I was scared he was going to shoot me’: Boys detained by Mpls. park police speak out 

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/07/16/minneapolis-park-police-detain-boys-legal-action-minnehaha

Somali teens say they feared for their lives at Minnehaha Park

https://www.kare11.com/article/news/somali-teens-say-they-feared-for-their-lives-at-minnehaha-park/89-574384431

Minneapolis Park Board: Bodycam video of Minnehaha Park incident not public

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-park-board-bodycam-of-minnehaha-incident-not-public/492652241/

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787, ihooper@cair.com

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