At a time when the entire nation is upset over an African-American teen’s shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, another case of alleged police brutality and racial profiling has emerged in Minnesota.
Chris Lollie, 27, uploaded a video on YouTube earlier this week that appears to show police questioning, tasing and arresting him.
Lollie captured the incident on his cell phone after he was asked to leave a seating area by a female officer, demanding to know his name.
Since Minnesota has no law requiring citizens to disclose their identities to police officers simply upon request, the man refused to give his name
“Why do I have to let you know who I am? Who I am isn’t the problem,” he can be heard saying in the video.
“The problem is I’m black. That’s the problem,” he tells the officer. “It really is because I didn’t do anything wrong.”
While investigators claim it was a private area, Lollie says it is was a public spot in the footage. He refused to give officers his name because he hadn’t done anything wrong.
What’s worse, he was assaulted in front of his children.
“Lollie said he ended his work shift at a downtown restaurant at 9 a.m. and was waiting to pick up his children at New Horizon School, but the kids weren’t to be let out until 10 a.m., so he sat down and waited,” Minnessota CBS reported.
Charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and obstruction against Lollie were later dropped.
Although the incident occurred in January, Lollie released the recording just this week. It comes almost three weeks after the shooting of Mike Brown – an 18-year-old who was shot by a police officer under suspicious circumstances.
After the video emerged, the St. Paul Police Department said on Twitter that no investigation into the officers' behavior has been conducted because "no formal complaint has been made at this point."