Newly-released video shows Minneapolis police officers cheering and fist bumping while out “hunting” for protesters and firing rubber bullets at them during last year’s civil unrest.
The videos show officers celebrating and fist bumping each other while using non-lethal force while enforcing an 8 p.m. curfew that had been put in place in response to the murder of George Floyd by former MPD officer Derek Chauvin just five days prior.
In one of the new videos released this week, posted by the Minnesota Reformer, a protester yells: “We’re unarmed! This is America. We can say what we want!”
“Go Home,” an officer yelled back from a distance, before they begin firing non-lethal rounds at the individual.
“Tonight it was just nice to hear ‘we’re going to find some more people.’ Instead of chasing people around, we’re going to hunt,” an MPD officer says to another in another video.
“You guys are out hunting people now, it’s just a nice change of tempo,” the officer continues.
“F–k these people,” he said.
In another video clip, an officer says “I would love to scatter [the protesters] but it’s time to f—— put 100 people in jail and just prove the mayor wrong about his white supremacist from out of state,” referencing Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s claim at the time.
The same officer concludes that the group of protesters is “probably predominately white because there’s no looting and fire.”
The footage was released by courts as part of a criminal case against Jaleel Stallings, a St. Paul man accused of trying to kill officers during the protests after he fired a real bullet back at officers when he was hit with a rubber bullet.
Stallings, 29, of St. Paul, argued he acted in self-defense, saying he fired three shots from a handgun at an unmarked white van after being struck by rubber bullets, believing he was under attack by civilians.
He surrendered after realizing he was firing at police, while no officers were injured, court documents show. Stallings had been facing two counts of second-degree attempted murder, multiple counts of assault and other charges.
Stallings was acquitted of all charges in September.
The department told local news that it cannot comment on the incident while it is internally investigated.
Frey’s office said the mayor has seen the “galling” video.
“Under State law, the mayor is limited on what he can say without exposing the City to legal liability or undermining the disciplinary process. He won’t trade accountability of involved officers for political expediency,” the mayor’s office said in a statement to KSTP.