Last week, a mob of 7 young Somalis reportedly attacked a group of travelers at the East Bank Light Rail Station in Rep. Ilhan Omar’s district in Minneapolis, MN. With the exception of Minnesota’s Alpha News, the media has been completely silent about the horrific attack.
I exited the UMPD on foot and was at the northwest corner of Harvard Street(St) SE/Washington Av SE with the EBLRT to the west of the intersection. I began walking southbound across Washington Av SE and observed several Somali males running westbound and off of the LRT platform. I began chasing thegroup and immediately began shouting “police stop” multiple times.The group ran southbound from the platform up the stairs to the northside of Moos Tower (515 Delaware St SE). The group continued runningsouthbound to the west side of Moos Tower where they ran between Moos Towerand Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB; 420 Washington Av SE). I aired todispatch the group was running southbound on the west side of Moos Tower. I continued to yell “police stop” as I chased after the group.
The group stopped running and Iinstructed all parties that had been running to lay down on the ground withtheir stomachs on the ground and their arms extended out to their sides. I aired to dispatch I had nine people proned out on the ground at the PWB turnaround.As other officers began arriving at the turnaround I performed a more accurate count of the number of individuals laying on the ground and observed there to be seven Somali males lying on the ground. I aired this updated information to dispatch that there were seven people proned out on the ground. I was standing over two of the males and had observed the five other people had been placed in handcuffs. I then placed handcuffs on each of the two males I was standing over and informed both of them they were under arrest for fleeing from police on foot. The seven individuals, for the purpose of avoiding arrest, detention, and investigation attempted to evade myself, a police officer acting in the lawful discharge of official duties, by means of running (MSS. 609.487s.6).Once all seven males had been placed in handcuffs, officers began identifying the seven Somali males and further investigation began to determine who had been brandishing weapons on the light rail platform.Through further investigation, it was determined that and were the individualsthat had been brandishing metal pipes on the EBLRT (see Officer Carlsonsupplement).
From Alpha News – May 21, 2019. We received the redacted police report from the University of Minnesota police department on this incident, which includes a detailed narrative of the events, and details describing the perpetrators as a “group of Somali juveniles.” The report describes the two juveniles cited as between the ages of 12 and 15. The two juveniles were cited with misdemeanor fleeing police and disorderly conduct. One of the two juveniles was also charged with misdemeanor false information to police. See Scribd attachment for the report.
This isn’t the first time a mob of Somalis terrorized innocent people in Minneapolis.
In July 2016, 100 Percent Fed Up reported about a mob of up to 30 young Somali men who paraded through one of Minneapolis’ more upscale neighborhoods last week, yelling disparaging comments and threats against homeowners.
A female resident of the neighborhood, obviously shaken in a TV interview, related how she was screamed at by a Somali man who threatened to kidnap and rape her.
“They were screaming at the house that they were going to kidnap you and they were going to rape you,” one Minneapolis resident told KSTP TV. “It was a very traumatizing experience.”
Somalis living in Minneapolis are almost all Sunni Muslims, and residents of the Lake Calhoun area say this isn’t the first time a group of Somali men has made an intimidating march through their neighborhood, which is filled with million-dollar homes.
This is an update to an article published by Alpha News on Monday which includes details received by email from the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) that weren’t available at the time of original publication.
A representative from the MPD’s 2nd Precinct, which covers the area where the incident occurred, responded that the case was being handled by the University of Minnesota (U of M) police, and said that the U of M police report indicated there were seven juveniles “causing a disturbance” on the light rail platform and that two of the juveniles “had pipes in their hands.” The email stated that two juveniles were arrested and cited for disorderly conduct, fleeing police and false information to police, and they were transported to the Juvenile Detention Center. The email also said that one of the suspects was “known” to officers in Minneapolis’ 1st Precinct, which covers downtown Minneapolis and the Cedar-Riverside area. The email said there was nothing mentioned [in the U of M police report] about injuries or victims. Case number UM 19-140183.
Because the suspects are juveniles, no further information about their identities or cases will be made available.