Community weighs in on controversial Edina video

Community weighs in on Edina arrest video

EDINA, Minn. -- A city council meeting in Edina became heated Tuesday in the wake of a video showing a white officer stopping an African American man who was walking in the city.

Dozens of community members were joined by faith leaders from across the metro, speaking for more than two hours at the meeting. They used the meeting to speak out after a video showed an Edina officer stopping Larnie Thomas as he walked on Xerxes Avenue on Oct. 12.

A witness recorded the video and said Thomas was only walking around sidewalk construction.

The officer involved in the incident said Thomas refused to get out of the road, became defiant, and was handcuffed. Police maintain Thomas was under the influence of alcohol.

Nearly all the comments at Tuesday's meeting called the officer's conduct inappropriate.

The city has said the officer was following protocol, but it plans to review that protocol. The city did pledge to ask the Minnesota BCA to run an independent investigation and provide training for its officers.

On Monday, the mayor of Edina said the city dropped the citation issued to Thomas. The officer involved remains on the job. 

 

 


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