(MINNEAPOLIS, MN 12/10/15) â€“ The Minnesota Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by US District Judge Susan Richard Nelson to not dismiss St. Paulâ€™s request to dismiss the lawsuit by Chris Lollie. Judge Nelson is recommending settlement discussions with a tentative trial date for April 2016. She believed the officers who responded to a security guard's report of an uncooperative male in the skyway had reason to investigate, but not probable cause to make an arrest.
On Jan. 31, 2014, Lollie was in the skyway in the First National Bank Building when a security guard told him he couldn't sit in chairs in a lounge area, then called police. He was tased and arrested. CAIR called on the Department of Justice to investigate the incident:
Video: St. Paul Cops Allegedly Taser and Arrest Black Male for Sitting in Public Space
St. Paul Police Defend Skyway Arrest; Charges Dismissed (Pioneer Press)
YouTube Video Raises Concerns About St. Paul Police Use of Taser on Man Waiting in Skyway (Star Tribune)
In a statement welcoming the US Districtâ€™s Judgeâ€™s assessment, CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein said: â€œWe appreciate Judge Nelsonâ€™s respect for due process and to not grant the cityâ€™s request to dismiss the lawsuit.â€
CAIR-MN recently joined the NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and other civil rights groups in calling for an investigate the police shooting of unarmed African-American Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, MN.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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