Some Civilian Complaints Against Police In Minneapolis Left Uninvestigated | NBC Nightly News

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

HISTORY OF MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS THAT WERE NEVER INVESTIGATED. COMPLAINTS THAT WERE NEVER INVESTIGATED. HERE’S NBC’S GABE NEVER INVESTIGATED. HERE’S NBC’S GABE GUTIERREZ. HERE’S NBC’S GABE GUTIERREZ. >> Reporter: HE WAS GUTIERREZ. >> Reporter: HE WAS SITTING IN HIS >> Reporter: HE WAS SITTING IN HIS MINNEAPOLIS APARTMENT SITTING IN HIS MINNEAPOLIS APARTMENT FOUR YEARS AGO

MINNEAPOLIS APARTMENT FOUR YEARS AGO WATCHING A MOVIE WITH FOUR YEARS AGO WATCHING A MOVIE WITH HIS NOW WIFE WHEN HE WATCHING A MOVIE WITH HIS NOW WIFE WHEN HE HEARD POUNDING ON THE HIS NOW WIFE WHEN HE HEARD POUNDING ON THE DOOR. HEARD POUNDING ON THE DOOR. >> I KEPT ASKING WHO DOOR. >> I KEPT ASKING WHO IS IT.

>> I KEPT ASKING WHO IS IT. FINALLY BY THE THIRD IS IT. FINALLY BY THE THIRD TIME THEY FINALLY FINALLY BY THE THIRD TIME THEY FINALLY ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS TIME THEY FINALLY ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS POLICE. ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS POLICE. >> Reporter: FOUR POLICE. >> Reporter: FOUR OFFICERS SAID THEY

>> Reporter: FOUR OFFICERS SAID THEY WERE RESPONDING TO A OFFICERS SAID THEY WERE RESPONDING TO A CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR WERE RESPONDING TO A CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR ABOUT A DOMESTIC CALL FROM A NEIGHBOR ABOUT A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. ABOUT A DOMESTIC DISPUTE. >> Reporter: AS SOON DISPUTE. >> Reporter: AS SOON AS I OPENED THE DOOR,

>> Reporter: AS SOON AS I OPENED THE DOOR, THE OFFICER GRABBED ME AS I OPENED THE DOOR, THE OFFICER GRABBED ME BY THE COLLAR AND THE OFFICER GRABBED ME BY THE COLLAR AND SNATCHED ME OUT INTO BY THE COLLAR AND SNATCHED ME OUT INTO THE HALLWAY, AND HE SNATCHED ME OUT INTO THE HALLWAY, AND HE PLACED HIS ARM UNDER THE HALLWAY, AND HE PLACED HIS ARM UNDER MY NECK LIKE THIS, AND

PLACED HIS ARM UNDER MY NECK LIKE THIS, AND HE GOT UPSET AND THREW MY NECK LIKE THIS, AND HE GOT UPSET AND THREW ME DOWN A FLIGHT OF HE GOT UPSET AND THREW ME DOWN A FLIGHT OF STEPS. ME DOWN A FLIGHT OF STEPS. >> Reporter: HE THREW STEPS. >> Reporter: HE THREW YOU DOWN A FLIGHT OF >> Reporter: HE THREW YOU DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS?

YOU DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS? >> YES. STAIRS? >> YES. >> Reporter: HE SAYS >> YES. >> Reporter: HE SAYS THE OFFICERS FORCED >> Reporter: HE SAYS THE OFFICERS FORCED HIM INTO A SQUAD CAR, THE OFFICERS FORCED HIM INTO A SQUAD CAR, BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING HIM INTO A SQUAD CAR, BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING HIM TO JAIL HE SAYS

BUT INSTEAD OF TAKING HIM TO JAIL HE SAYS THEY TOOK HIM TO AN HIM TO JAIL HE SAYS THEY TOOK HIM TO AN ALLEY AND BEAT HIM. THEY TOOK HIM TO AN ALLEY AND BEAT HIM. >> I THOUGHT I WAS ALLEY AND BEAT HIM. >> I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. >> I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. I THOUGHT I WAS NEVER GOING TO DIE. I THOUGHT I WAS NEVER GOING TO SEE MY WIFE

I THOUGHT I WAS NEVER GOING TO SEE MY WIFE AGAIN. GOING TO SEE MY WIFE AGAIN. IT WAS THE SCARIEST AGAIN. IT WAS THE SCARIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE. IT WAS THE SCARIEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE. >> Reporter: HE SAYS MOMENT OF MY LIFE. >> Reporter: HE SAYS THE OFFICERS >> Reporter: HE SAYS THE OFFICERS EVENTUALLY DROPPED HIM

THE OFFICERS EVENTUALLY DROPPED HIM OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE EVENTUALLY DROPPED HIM OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. OFF ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. BROWN SAYS HE GOT A ROAD. BROWN SAYS HE GOT A LETTER IN THE MAIL BROWN SAYS HE GOT A LETTER IN THE MAIL SAYING THE COMPLAINT LETTER IN THE MAIL SAYING THE COMPLAINT WOULD BE INVESTIGATED.

SAYING THE COMPLAINT WOULD BE INVESTIGATED. BUT IT NEVER WAS. WOULD BE INVESTIGATED. BUT IT NEVER WAS. ACCORDING TO POLICE BUT IT NEVER WAS. ACCORDING TO POLICE DOCUMENTS REVIEWED BY ACCORDING TO POLICE DOCUMENTS REVIEWED BY NBC NEWS. DOCUMENTS REVIEWED BY NBC NEWS. EVENTUALLY HE SAYS HE NBC NEWS. EVENTUALLY HE SAYS HE DECIDED THE PROCESS

EVENTUALLY HE SAYS HE DECIDED THE PROCESS WAS STACKED AGAINST DECIDED THE PROCESS WAS STACKED AGAINST HIM, SO HE DIDN’T WAS STACKED AGAINST HIM, SO HE DIDN’T FOLLOW UP. HIM, SO HE DIDN’T FOLLOW UP. >> I FELT LIKE THERE FOLLOW UP. >> I FELT LIKE THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD >> I FELT LIKE THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO.

WAS NOTHING I COULD DO. I FELT LIKE — I FELT DO. I FELT LIKE — I FELT LIKE NOBODY CARED. I FELT LIKE — I FELT LIKE NOBODY CARED. >> Reporter: BROWN’S LIKE NOBODY CARED. >> Reporter: BROWN’S COMPLAINT IS ON FILE >> Reporter: BROWN’S COMPLAINT IS ON FILE WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS COMPLAINT IS ON FILE WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS OFFICE OF POLICE

WITH THE MINNEAPOLIS OFFICE OF POLICE CONDUCT REVIEW, WHICH OFFICE OF POLICE CONDUCT REVIEW, WHICH HANDLES COMPLAINTS. CONDUCT REVIEW, WHICH HANDLES COMPLAINTS. BUT IT WAS LABELED HANDLES COMPLAINTS. BUT IT WAS LABELED INQUIRY, WHICH MEANS BUT IT WAS LABELED INQUIRY, WHICH MEANS THE COMPLAINT WASN’T INQUIRY, WHICH MEANS THE COMPLAINT WASN’T SIGNED OR THE

THE COMPLAINT WASN’T SIGNED OR THE INVESTIGATOR NEEDED SIGNED OR THE INVESTIGATOR NEEDED MORE INFORMATION. INVESTIGATOR NEEDED MORE INFORMATION. NBC NEWS FOUND THAT MORE INFORMATION. NBC NEWS FOUND THAT 791 COMPLAINTS WERE NBC NEWS FOUND THAT 791 COMPLAINTS WERE LABELED INQUIRIES 791 COMPLAINTS WERE LABELED INQUIRIES SINCE 2016, MAKING UP

LABELED INQUIRIES SINCE 2016, MAKING UP MORE THAN A QUARTER OF SINCE 2016, MAKING UP MORE THAN A QUARTER OF CITIZENS CONTACTING MORE THAN A QUARTER OF CITIZENS CONTACTING THE OFFICE DURING THAT CITIZENS CONTACTING THE OFFICE DURING THAT PERIOD. THE OFFICE DURING THAT PERIOD. >> ARE PEOPLE PERIOD. >> ARE PEOPLE ABANDONING THE

>> ARE PEOPLE ABANDONING THE PROCESS? ABANDONING THE PROCESS? DO THEY JUST NOT FEEL PROCESS? DO THEY JUST NOT FEEL SAFE? DO THEY JUST NOT FEEL SAFE? BUT THAT IS A SAFE? BUT THAT IS A STATISTICALLY BUT THAT IS A STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT,

STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT, AND YOU WOULD WANT TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT, AND YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHY. AND YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW WHY. >> Reporter: NBC NEWS KNOW WHY. >> Reporter: NBC NEWS SPOKE TO 50 PEOPLE WHO >> Reporter: NBC NEWS SPOKE TO 50 PEOPLE WHO FILED WHAT THEY SPOKE TO 50 PEOPLE WHO FILED WHAT THEY THOUGHT WERE

FILED WHAT THEY THOUGHT WERE COMPLAINTS AGAINST THOUGHT WERE COMPLAINTS AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS OFFICERS COMPLAINTS AGAINST MINNEAPOLIS OFFICERS THAT ENDED UP BEING MINNEAPOLIS OFFICERS THAT ENDED UP BEING INQUIRIES. THAT ENDED UP BEING INQUIRIES. NEARLY HALF OF THEM INQUIRIES. NEARLY HALF OF THEM SAID THEY GOT NO

NEARLY HALF OF THEM SAID THEY GOT NO RESPONSE AT ALL. SAID THEY GOT NO RESPONSE AT ALL. THE MAJORITY SAY THEY RESPONSE AT ALL. THE MAJORITY SAY THEY WERE NOT TOLD THEIR THE MAJORITY SAY THEY WERE NOT TOLD THEIR COMPLAINT NEEDED TO BE WERE NOT TOLD THEIR COMPLAINT NEEDED TO BE IN WRITING. COMPLAINT NEEDED TO BE IN WRITING. THE OFFICE OF POLICE

IN WRITING. THE OFFICE OF POLICE CONDUCT REVIEW THE OFFICE OF POLICE CONDUCT REVIEW DECLINED AN ON CAMERA CONDUCT REVIEW DECLINED AN ON CAMERA INTERVIEW SAYING IT DECLINED AN ON CAMERA INTERVIEW SAYING IT COULD NOT COMMENT ON INTERVIEW SAYING IT COULD NOT COMMENT ON BROWN’S INTERVIEW. COULD NOT COMMENT ON BROWN’S INTERVIEW. BUT THE MINNEAPOLIS

BROWN’S INTERVIEW. BUT THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT BUT THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULDN’T COMMENT POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULDN’T COMMENT SPECIFICALLY ON THE WOULDN’T COMMENT SPECIFICALLY ON THE CASE EITHER. SPECIFICALLY ON THE CASE EITHER. OF THE NEARLY 18,000 CASE EITHER. OF THE NEARLY 18,000 POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN

OF THE NEARLY 18,000 POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE U.S., ONLY 165 POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN THE U.S., ONLY 165 HAVE CIVILIAN THE U.S., ONLY 165 HAVE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT. HAVE CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT. BUT EVEN WITH THAT OVERSIGHT. BUT EVEN WITH THAT OVERSIGHT, BROWN SAYS BUT EVEN WITH THAT OVERSIGHT, BROWN SAYS HE DID NOT FEEL HEARD.

OVERSIGHT, BROWN SAYS HE DID NOT FEEL HEARD. IF A DIRECTOR OF THAT HE DID NOT FEEL HEARD. IF A DIRECTOR OF THAT AGENCY WAS SITTING IF A DIRECTOR OF THAT AGENCY WAS SITTING WITH YOU RIGHT NOW, AGENCY WAS SITTING WITH YOU RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? WITH YOU RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >> I WOULD JUST ASK WHAT WOULD YOU SAY? >> I WOULD JUST ASK THEM HOW DOES A CASE

>> I WOULD JUST ASK THEM HOW DOES A CASE LIKE MEN GET BURIED THEM HOW DOES A CASE LIKE MEN GET BURIED AND LOST? LIKE MEN GET BURIED AND LOST? >> Reporter: ACCORDING AND LOST? >> Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, >> Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, THAT 911 CALL CAME TO THE POLICE REPORT, THAT 911 CALL CAME FROM A NEIGHBOR WHO

THAT 911 CALL CAME FROM A NEIGHBOR WHO SAID THEY HEARD A MAN FROM A NEIGHBOR WHO SAID THEY HEARD A MAN AND WOMAN ARGUING.

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