Minneapolis officer who pointed out “chase” protesters on video is no longer with MPD

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The lieutenant and the Minneapolis Police Commander overheard inappropriate comments in a body camera video about protesters during last summer’s civil unrest who left the department, according to the mayor’s office.

Videos and clips from Bodycam, which identified the officers involved, were released on Tuesday by Eric Rice, attorney for Jaleel Stalling. Stallings was cleared in August after being arrested in May 2020 for shooting at Minneapolis police officers.

The videos captured Minneapolis police officers assigned to riot control on the fifth night of protests after the death of George Floyd. Officers are seen laughing, puncturing tires and firing non-lethal bullets at people after curfew.

On the body camera footage of an officer, Rice says Lt. Johnny Mercil walks up to the officer, mocking reporters covering the protests and hinting that a group of protesters were likely “predominantly white.” because “there is no looting or fires”.

In the body camera video of another officer, Cmdr. Bruce Folkens said it was a “good change of tempo” to “chase” the protesters that night “instead of chasing people”.

On Saturday, the mayor’s office confirmed that Lt. Mercil and Cmdr. Folkens’ last day of employment was May 5 and July 31, respectively.

Lt. Mercil testified about the use of neck braces during the Derek Chauvin trial last March. He was responsible for use of force training for MPD at the time of George Floyd’s death.

The extended footage shows the nearly two hours leading up to the Minneapolis SWAT officers meeting with Stallings. His lawyer said it showed how the police were targeting civilians that night.

The trial of Jaleel Stallings

Jaleel Stallings, 27, was acquitted in August after being arrested in May 2020 for shooting at Minneapolis police officers.

Video from Bodycam showed the arrest of Stallings, as officers in a van fired less lethal ammunition at a group gathered in a parking lot along Lake Street on the night of May 30, amid a curfew. was in place.

At trial, Stallings said he was acting in self-defense, unaware that the people in the van were police officers and that what they were shooting were not bullets. Stallings was also concerned about reports of white supremacists roaming the city streets during the riots.

Once he realized the people he shot were police officers, Stallings said he quickly dropped his gun and lay on the ground.

No officer was injured in the incident, but Stallings sustained injuries as police used force to arrest him, as seen in body camera video.


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