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Minneapolis Park Police responds to 911 call at Minnehaha Falls, investigating validity of 911 call
Last night, Minneapolis Park Police responded to a 911 call describing an escalating, dangerous situation and reports of weapons at Minnehaha Regional Park. No weapons were found. The incident and validity of the 911 call is under investigation. A video posted on social media has raised concerns and questions regarding the incident.
At around 7:30 pm Tuesday, Park Police officers were dispatched to a 911 call at Minnehaha Regional Park. The 911 caller reported four males holding knives and sticks and provided detailed descriptions of the four suspects. Additional information provided by the caller stated one suspect said he had a gun in his backpack. 911 information was then updated that the suspects were assaulting the 911 caller’s boyfriend.
Officers arrived at 7:37 pm and quickly encountered the four male suspects described in the 911 call. One of the Park Police officers did unholster his firearm and point it in the general direction of the four suspects. The four suspects were handcuffed and detained at the scene. Two suspects were initially placed in the back of the squad car and two were left seated in front of the squad car before being placed in the squad car. No weapons were recovered from the four detained people. Once the scene was controlled, officers investigated further. Officers were unable to contact, on scene or by phone, the 911 caller or the 911 caller’s boyfriend. Witness accounts on the scene were inconsistent with the 911 callers account of the incident.
Officers interviewed some witnesses who described a confrontation between the involved four parties and another unidentified person. The four detained individuals were ages 13, 13, 14, and 16.
One of the four detained teens was determined to be a runaway. He was transported to the Juvenile Supervision Center, and has been released. The other three teens were released last night at the park. There were no physical injuries to the four detained teens.
Officers were wearing body-worn cameras and the cameras were activated during the encounter. This morning, Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto and Superintendent Mary Merrill viewed the body-worn camera footage. Chief Ohotto and Superintendent Merrill are requesting an independent investigation of the incident to determine that park police policies, procedures and laws were followed.
Park Police will continue to investigate the origins and validity of the initial 911 call. Falsely reporting a crime in Minnesota is a misdemeanor level criminal offense, per statute 609.505. Any witnesses at the scene who have not already provided statements to Park Police are encouraged to call 612-230-6550 and request Lt. Swanson.
Police case number is MP 2018-229506
The Webber Natural Swimming Pool will be closed until Tuesday, July 10, 2018 due to water quality issues.
Weigh in on East of the River Park Master Plan draft park designs, which will guide long-term development for 33 park properties in Northeast/Southeast Minneapolis
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) has officially begun its search for the next Park Board superintendent.
Led by local recruiting firm KPCompanies, the nationwide search kicked off the with a dedicated website – www.MPRBSuperSearch.com. The website will be a place for Minneapolis residents, park patrons and the public to get the latest updates about the superintendent search process.
Information available on www.MPRBSuperSearch.com includes details about the search process, search-related community surveys and listening events, and other important dates and deadlines.
“The Board of Commissioners is excited to begin the process of finding the next leader of our number one park system,” said MPRB Board President Brad Bourn. “We’re confident we’ll find the best superintendent to continue to build upon our work and create an even more inclusive park system for everyone who calls Minneapolis their home.”
Four community listening events are planned across Minneapolis:
Tuesday, July 10
6 – 8 p.m.
Lynnhurst Recreation Center, 1345 W Minnehaha Parkway
Thursday, July 12
6 – 8 p.m.
Longfellow Recreation Center, 3435 36th Ave S
Thursday, July 19
6 – 8 p.m.
Bottineau Recreation Center, 2000 Second St. NE
Monday, July 23
10 a.m. – Noon
Webber Community Center, 4400 Dupont Ave. N
Applications open July 12. Detailed information about the superintendent position, desired qualifications and the application process will be available on the website on July 12.
Former MPRB Superintendent Jayne Miller left the Park Board in February 2018 to take a position in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Superintendent Emeritus Mary Merrill was selected to act as interim superintendent through October 31, 2018.
With the heat index reaching 105 degrees on Friday afternoon, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) closed recreation centers without air conditioning and canceled park and recreation programs. Park visitors are encouraged to cool off at one of the 20 air-conditioned recreation centers, 12 beaches, and dozens of wading pools that remain open within the Minneapolis Park System.
If you’re unable to make any of the dates for community engagement in the park, you can provide your feedback through this online survey. The survey will be available from June 27 through July 28.
In neighborhood parks throughout Minneapolis, cracked, patched, pitted and crumbling sections of sidewalks are getting replaced with smooth concrete.
At its June 6, 2018 meeting, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board of Commissioners approved several updates to the MPRB Code of Ordinances that were deemed outdated, offensive or no longer valid. The updates took effect on June 14, 2018.
Community-led event features a parade, award-winning performers, great local food and a return to the site of the first Freedom Day celebration in Minneapolis!
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