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Screenshot of video of Edina police officer detaining Larnie Thomas in Edina, Minnesota, on Oct. 12, 2016. (Credit: Citizen 7101)

Video of a man being handcuffed for walking in the street has sparked outrage


A video of a man allegedly being detained and handcuffed for walking in the street near a sidewalk that was closed for construction has sparked outrage on social media. 

A YouTube video of the incident, which happened in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina on Oct. 12, shows a police officer in plain clothes grabbing a man later identified as Larnie Thomas. 

The video shows Thomas walking along the white line of the street's shoulder before the officer stops him and grabs his arm. 

Edina Police Incident 10/12/16

WARNING: This video contains graphic language. 

When the officer grabs Thomas, he becomes agitated. 

"What the [expletive] you want to talk to me for?" Thomas says in the video. "I'm walking on the damn sidewalk."

In the video, Thomas takes off his coat, shirts and backpack while trying to get away from the officer. 

A woman shooting the video then yells over to the officers trying to tell him Thomas appeared to be scared. 

Shortly after, a second officer arrives on the scene and told Thomas, "My partner told me you're under arrest." The woman shooting the video, however, said the first officer never said Thomas was going to be arrested. 

Then, the video shows Thomas being handcuffed.

"You could have just shown him where to walk really kindly," the woman shooting the video tells the officer. "You are the one that incited this."

Since video of the incident emerged, it has sparked outrage on social media. 

Twin Cities rapper Toki Wright took to Facebook to express his outrage over the incident. 

"Here's what happened in Edina, Minnesota yesterday when a Black man decided to walk around construction that was blocking the sidewalk. This is also a perfect example of how people get murdered," he wrote. 

Similarly, the former Minneapolis NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds, said on Facebook that she was "fuming" after watching the video. 

In a statement, Edina Police said the officer observed that Thomas's actions were obstructing the southbound lane of traffic and saw it as a public safety risk.  

Monday, Edina's mayor announced that the misdemeanor citation against Thomas will be dropped, according to the Minneapolis Start Tribune

Mayor Jim Hovland acknowledged Sunday that "people across the country are expressing concern about how [Thomas] was treated by the Edina police." 

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