A video of a Black Minnesota being detained for walking in a street near a sidewalk closed for construction is drawing outrage on social media.
The video 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 stop stop touching him.
“What the [expletive] you want to talk to me for?” Thomas says. “I’m walking on the damn sidewalk.”
He also yells, “You can’t just put your hands on me!”
A second officer arrives and tells Thomas, “My partner told me you’re under arrest.” Both the woman shooting the video and a bystander claim the first officer never said the man was going to be arrested.
Thomas can be seen 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.”
Take a look at the video below: