Activist claims assault by Mpls. police officer

MINNEAPOLIS - A well-known community activist has claimed that he was assaulted by a police officer on Saturday night.

Alfred Flowers said that a Minneapolis police officer assaulted him when he came to his house to serve a warrant, according to the police report.

Flowers was then arrested. He is accused of assaulting a police officer. Flowers was released from jail on Sunday afternoon.

Flowers told KARE 11 that he did not hit any officers. He would not go in to detail about what happened, but he said he was beaten by the officers after he asked about a warrant for his teenage daughter.

"They dragged me outside, slammed me on the police car and then threw me in the police car like a rag doll. I had no power," Flowers said.

With his living room still in disarray from the scuffle, Flowers said that the incident escalated when he asked to see the arrest warrant, but he wouldn't say what caused the situation to escalate.

"I got hit so many times," he said. "I've never seen this before, felt it, I never did anything aggressive."

Flowers was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center where he received at least four staples in the head and eight stitches above his eyebrow before he was booked in jail.

What allegedly happened to him has raised an alarm in the black community. Chief Janee Harteau called for calm as the investigation into what happened takes place.

"We are asking for you to please withhold judgment as the legal process runs it course," Harteau said.

She didn't take many questions or share details about what happened.

"I would like to say that as police chief, I am frustrated. I am sure our entire department is frustrated because we cannot talk about this case as it moves through the legal process."

Flowers said he has spent the last few years working to build relationships between police and the community. He said he never imagined being caught in the middle.

"This would be the last thing in my mind to have an incident with police or anybody," Flowers said.

Flowers's sister told KARE 11 that both Chief Harteau and Mayor Betsy Hodges have reached out to her family. Though she wouldn't say what the next steps will be.

Police have not released the condition of the officer who was allegedly hit.


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