Raid handed to police internal affairs after reports of injuries, property damageby Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minneapolis Police Department's internal affairs unit is investigating a police raid carried out this week that resulted in injuries and property damage.
The Star Tribune reported that the raid Tuesday led to no serious charges.
Police spokesman Sgt. Bill Palmer confirmed Friday that the incident was under investigation. Police had a warrant as part of a narcotics investigation to enter the duplex on the 3200 block of Fremont Avenue North, and they arrested seven people.
Landlord Ross Lumley confirmed to MPR News that one of those arrested, 20-year-old O'Shea Page, needed medical attention. Page was an acquaintance of the tenant who lived in one of the apartment units, Lumley said.
"I don't know why he was beaten the way he was," said Lumley, who saw Page after the incident. "He said that the cops beat him and it was going to turn into this whole case."
It wasn't clear if Page had been beaten or if he had been injured while resisting arrest. Palmer said he couldn't comment on the case because it remains under investigation.
Lumley also said the damage the apartment sustained during the raid seems unreasonable. Doors and door handles will need significant repairs that Lumley expects will cost more than $1,000.
"It's just frustrating to come to the place that you put a lot of money into and see all these damages," Lumley said. "It sounds as if they kind of used unnecessary actions and didn't follow protocol."
Lumley said he will pay for the repairs for now and later seek reimbursement from the city so he doesn't have to make an insurance claim.
City Attorney Susan Segal said that under some circumstances the city reimburses property owners for such damage.