I love a good cop. I have the utmost respect for them. However, when cops go bad and become abusive; when they become aggressive without cause; when they become oppressive rather than protective, I have a huge problem.
The following is from The Blaze
A Minneapolis man says he suffered a concussion after receiving a beating from five police officers who attacked him after they noticed he was carrying a gun in his waist band, WCCO-TV in Minnesota reports.
The problem is, Zachary King has a concealed carry permit to lawfully carry the firearm. He argues police still attacked him anyway as he was leaving a local nightclub on Father’s Day night even after he told them he was carrying the permit.
“’I have my conceal and carry, and it’s my gun.’ And soon as I said that he grabbed me by my neck, slammed me against the wall, snatched my gun out the holster, started waving it in the air saying ‘gun, gun, gun,’” King said.
King also told WCCO he said nothing disrespectful to the officers and made no sudden movements that could have warranted the reaction from police.
“Then four other officers just came and slammed me on my face, one of the officers had me by my head just banging it on the sidewalk,” he said.
The permit was eventually discovered but King was reportedly taken to jail anyway.
WCCO has more on the incident:
King says officers eventually went for his back pocket and his wallet to get his weapons permit.
“And he goes like this to show them that I have my card and they stopped beating me,” said King.
King was then taken to the hospital before his last stop, jail.
It should be noted that King was previously arrested and not charged after recording police in April — a video he says showed an abuse of power. Additionally, he was acquitted of manslaughter in 2008 after his pit bull mauled to death his 7-year-old son. King’s attorney, Michael Padden, says his client, then “has zero criminal record.”
WCCO incorrectly identified the attorney as “Mike Patton.” The Blaze recently spoke with Padden and verified his identity.
“It takes a lot of courage to come forward in this type of situation. He doesn’t want to see this happen to other people,” said Padden.
Still, King was ultimately charged in the most recent incident with misdemeanor obstructing the legal process, according to KAAL-TV in Minnesota.
“There will be no plea and we’ll take the case to trial, if need be,” said Padden.
The photos below, courtesy of WCCO, show the extent of King’s injuries:
King says a bystander was able to capture the attack on video, a portion of which can be seen in the video at the top of this report. Padden is reportedly coordinating with Internal Affairs and hopes that street video from Minneapolis Police cameras will also shed some light on the incident.
Minneapolis Police told WCCO they cannot comment on the case because an open civilian review authority investigation is currently underway.
KAAL reports that several dozen people staged rallies in Minneapolis Friday denouncing police brutality following the incident.
“No justice, no peace. Prosecute the police,” the groups could be heard chanting.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, residents are prohibited from carrying their handguns while at the following places:
- School property
- A childcare center while children are present
- Public colleges and universities – may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus
- Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises
- Private establishments who have personally informed the permit holder that guns are prohibited and demands compliance
- Places of employment, public or private, if employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by is employees
- State correctional facilities or state hospitals and grounds (MN Statute 243.55)
- Any jail, lockup or correctional facility (MN Statute 641.165)
- Courthouse complexes, unless the sheriff is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
- Offices and courtrooms of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
- Any state building in the Capitol Area of St. Paul described in MN Statute Chapter 15B unless the commissioner of public safety is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
- In federal court facilities or other federal facilities (Title 18 U.S.C.§ 930)
We searched Minnesota’s statute database and could not find any mention of a restriction against carrying a pistol into an establishment that serves alcohol, however, concealed carry holders are generally discouraged from carrying places like bars, especially when drinking alcohol.
Further, Minnesota statute 624.7142 says it is a crime to carry a concealed handgun when under the influence of alcohol. It is unclear whether King had been drinking that night.
Hmmm… So this man is carrying his firearm legally and gets beaten by police. He also has a history of recording police and was arrested for it. Looks like this man made himself a target. Shame on you, sir, for recording the police. We all know they do everything right. <– sarcasm.
This man, it would appear, did nothing illegal. I wonder what will happen to the cops involved. They’re an embarrassment to the badge.