Bogus 911 Call About Black Teens Leads To Minneapolis Park Police Pointing Guns In Their Face — Chicago Sun-Times
MINNEAPOLIS — Three black teenagers say they feared for their lives when a Minneapolis Park Police officer pulled a gun on them while responding to a bogus 911 report that they were armed.
The July 10 incident at Minnehaha Park drew widespread attention after a bystander recorded part of it and posted a video to Facebook that’s been viewed over 2.8 million times.
The officers were responding to a female 911 caller who falsely reported that four teens were following her boyfriend and wielding knives and sticks. Park police released the four after finding they were unarmed and hearing witness accounts that contradicted the caller’s story. The department has since said the call was “misleading” and apologized to the boys.
At a news conference Monday called by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, 14-year-old Aden Aden said he and his friends were just trying to have fun when a white kid confronted them. Witnesses have corroborated that account.
“When I was at the park, I was just trying to have a good day with my friends,” Aden said. “And this white kid came up to us saying racial slurs towards us, and when the cops came, they just pulled guns to our faces. And I felt like I was discriminated (against) and I felt like it was not supposed to happen, and I hope it never happens to anyone again.”
Fourteen-year-old Suhaib Ahmed said the officers frightened them. “I was scared he was going to shoot me.”
Police said in a news release last week that one of the officers “unholstered his firearm and pointed it in the general direction of the four suspects.”
On September 2, 2015, West Penn, Pennsylvania Township police sergeant Melissa M. Ruch said that she was assaulted. She gave a description of the alleged perpetrator’s vehicle, and said that she deployed her taser which made contact. Ruch, 42-years old, was treated at the scene and then flown to a hospital.
During the minutes and hours after the alleged assault, numerous state and municipal police units from several counties, along with a state police helicopter, searched for the vehicle described by Ruch and also for the man she said assaulted her.
To commemorate Patriot Day, on Sept. 11, 2015, state Senator David Argall presented Ruch with an award for her service and bravery stemming from the September 2nd incident.
On December 23, 2015, Ruch was charged with one misdemeanor count of false alarms to agencies of public safety and three misdemeanor counts of false reports to law enforcement authorities. Ruch denied the charges saying, “The truth will come out.”
On October 19, 2016, Ruch pleaded guilty to one count of making a false report to law enforcement. Prosecutors withdrew a second count of false reports to law enforcement, plus charges of false alarm and furnishing authorities with false information.
On September 24, 2016, Jackson, Georgia police officer Sherry Hall was terminated from her job. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced a day earlier that Hall faced felony charges of false statements, tampering with evidence, interference with government property and a violation of oath of office.
On Monday October 3, 2016, Hall was arrested, charged with the 4 felonies above.
Sherry Hall had been on her job with the Jackson police department for approximately 3 months when, on the night of September 13, 2016, she radioed in that she had been shot. Hall described the shooter as a Black man wearing a green shirt and black jogging pants. She said the bullet struck her vest, and she credited that with saving her life. Hall said that the man ran.
Authorities put out the description of the shooter and started looking for him in the small, peaceful community where the shooting happened.
Only, there was no shooter at large. Hall made up the story.