October 11, 2019 (MINNEAPOLIS) –
“On October 10, 2019 the President and Vice President of the United States came to the City of Minneapolis for a campaign rally. This visit motivated tens of thousands of people to visit our vibrant downtown.
Officers from agencies across the metro assisted the Minneapolis Police Department to enhance public safety. Officers worked to ensure people’s First Amendment right to assemble, speak freely and protest. MPD appreciates the community support demonstrated by the law-abiding attendees and their partnership to create a peaceful expression of passionate views.
While the vast majority of people that gathered were peaceful and respectful, officers did engage with some individuals and groups demonstrating aggressive or illegal behavior to address issues related to life safety and property damage. Officers further engaged when assaulted during their response. Objects containing liquid believed to be urine were hurled at some of my officers along with bottles and rocks. Police horses were also assaulted by protesters striking them with sticks.
MPD officers used appropriate levels of force including chemical irritant while responding to, at times, violent and aggressive individuals causing harm to others in attendance. In addition, officers practiced admirable restraint and utilized de-escalation skills to defuse tensions by exiting crowds. As with every use of force, there will be an internal review to ensure policy and procedures were followed. Our primary responsibility will remain to provide for the peace and safety of all those we serve”
Medaria Arradondo – Chief of Police