Minneapolis Officer Photographed Pointing Weapon At Rep. Keith Ellison’s Unarmed Son

“Photo is agonizing for me to see,” Ellison wrote on Twitter. “My son is PEACEFULLY protesting w/ hands up; officer is shouldering gun. Why?”
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    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) confirmed on Thursday that the young black man photographed as he was targeted with a weapon by a Minneapolis police officer is his son Jeremiah Ellison, Al Jazeera America reported.

    “Photo is agonizing for me to see,” Ellison wrote on Twitter. “My son is PEACEFULLY protesting w/ hands up; officer is shouldering gun. Why?”

    The picture was originally published by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune before being re-posted online on Wednesday night, amid protests against police use of force in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. It can be seen in full below.



    Police removed demonstrators on Wednesday after they gathered near the city’s north police precinct, where Clark was shot early on Sunday morning. Local activists have said that Clark was handcuffed and unarmed at the time. Clark died on Monday night.

    The two officers involved in the encounter, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze, have been put on administrative leave. The Guardian reported that a former police informant sued Schwarze in 2011 for allegedly subjecting him to “continuous and unbroken sequence of unlawful searches, intimidation and phone threats.” The suit was settled out of court.

    Mayor Betsy Hodges has already asked the Justice Department to investigate the incident, and Time magazine reported that Ellison has contacted Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to launch an investigation.

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    • Beedogz
    • oaklandeasy

      Is that a bean bag gun?

    • Matthew Huntington

      Is that even a cop? I see lots of cops in the background wearing bright yellow shirts. Why would a cop wear camo?

      • Rocky Torres

        Where have you been buddy? Really.

    • Arthur Frymyer Jr.

      Laws are never going to be changed until it’s the lawmakers’ families who are being killed. Hopefully this can happen to a few dozen more congressmen. Then maybe they’ll choose their families over their corporate handlers.

      • TeeJae

        Ironically, Ellison is a true representative of his people. One of the few in Congress these days.

    • GALT

      Clearly this “donut patrol” officer would not be able to sustain
      any prolonged physical activity…….so use of weapons is the
      only alternative. Maybe the solution, since they love to dress up
      as soldiers, is to subject them to “military standards”……a 6
      minute mile……and 12 miles in under 3 hours with full kit.
      Most of the ones being filmed seem to be “obese”…..of
      course, that could just be me?

      • Idothisstreetfam

        His chin is so fat he can’t even manage to tuck it in while pointing his head foward even under all of that armor!

      • missgigi

        Spoken like a true Artic Warrior! Clim to Glory! HOOOO AHHH!

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Isn’t that a death threat? Isn’t that illegal?

    • jo6pac

      I’m sure Amerikas doj will get right on this:(