Records from an internal investigation of a former Minneapolis police officer show that he was fired after he threatened a Somali American teenager during a traffic stop and told the teen that he was "proud" of "what happened in Blackhawk Down. Police officials, who were mostly silent when ex-officer Roderic Weber was fired nearly five years ago, said in a brief statement released through a spokesman that it stands by its decision to fire Weber, which was ultimately upheld by an arbitrator. But the department declined further comment on the case, including questions about discipline of the other officers present. The revelations, which were first reported by the Sahan Journal , come at a particularly sensitive time for the Minneapolis Police Department, which has been forced to confront its long history of racism as it works to strengthen public trust following the killing of George Floyd last May.
Fired Minneapolis officer invoked 'Black Hawk Down' in stop of Somali teens, records say
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Get our must-read news — no paywall — delivered to you every Sunday. Sahan Journal brings you reliable and authentic news about our newest Minnesotans. Now , Sahan Journal has obtained documents and recordings through a public records lawsuit against the city, which reveal for the first time that the Minneapolis officer subjected the teens to a litany of racist comments, within earshot of other officers and a police supervisor. No record has emerged to suggest any of these other officers intervened or reported their colleague to department leadership. After an internal disciplinary investigation, the police department fired the officer.
Bystanders recorded part of the incident, showing the boys being handcuffed and one officer drawing a weapon. Police were responding to what turned out to be a bogus call claiming there were kids with weapons threatening people in the park near Minnehaha Falls. The video of the encounter went viral on Facebook and was viewed millions of times, sparking complaints by critics who said officers overreacted. The incident was also recorded on squad and body camera video. Park officials confirmed the settlement and said it had been formally approved in November.