Folks in Minnesota are pissed after a video showed an old white cop arresting a black man for walking down the street! The man arrested, Larnie Thomas, was walking on the shoulder of the road because the block had no sidewalk.
A video of a black man being arrested for apparently walking in the street due to a closed sidewalk in Edina is going viral.
A video of a black Minnesota man being detained and handcuffed apparently for walking in a street near a sidewalk closed for construction is drawing outrage on social media.
The video, posted by a bystander to YouTube, shows a plain clothes Edina police officer grabbing a man later identified by city officials as Larnie Thomas in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina Oct. 12. The video shows Thomas walking near the white line of the street’s shoulder before he’s stopped by the officer, who grabs Thomas’ arm. The bystander narrating the video can be heard saying there’s no other place for him to walk.
Thomas becomes agitated, telling the officer to stop touching him.
Oh, the joys of being black… The officer says Thomas was blocking traffic and that is the reason behind him being manhandled.
“I observed Thomas`s actions were obstructing southbound vehicular traffic as vehicles slowed to a walking pace while stacking up behind Thomas.”
The officer also said “Thomas refused to follow demands.”