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ROBBINSDALE, Minn. – Following latest allegations that officers from the Robbinsdale Police Division beat a person to dying throughout an tried visitors cease, allowed a police K9 to maul him, after which coated it up, the police division has launched physique digicam footage from the July incident and requested an impartial evaluation from the BCA.
The conspiracy concept being circulated additionally consists of allegations that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Workplace wasn’t truthful in its discovering that Khalil Ahmad Azad, 24, died from an accidental drowning in Crystal Lake the place he was discovered on July 5, two days after he fled from police after crashing the automobile he was driving.
Social media posts with graphic post-mortem photographs of Azad started surfacing in late February together with posts that insisted Robbinsdale police beat and killed Azad.
Components of the health worker’s report hooked up in a number of the social media posts said that Azad was discovered face down within the water with little or no of his physique seen above the floor. The report stated Azad’s face was bloated and discolored with areas of blistered and peeling pores and skin on his face, in addition to extra areas of blistered pores and skin on his again. The report famous that no areas of apparent trauma or accidents have been noticed. One other a part of the report said that “no life-threatening accidents or pure illness” have been discovered and listed the dying as a freshwater drowning.
Black Lives Matter Minnesota and Azad’s household held a press conference on the Hennepin County Authorities Middle on Feb. 27 throughout which they maintained that the post-mortem’s conclusions didn’t match the situation proven within the photographs, which they stated confirmed “extreme trauma” to his face and physique.
Social media posts pushing the narrative that Azad was killed by police started to choose up steam following the press convention.
Amongst these lending assist to the speculation that police killed Azad is Minneapolis public faculty instructor Kaytie Kamphoff, who retweeted one other Twitter person on March 2 claiming that Robbinsdale police “pulled a modern-day emmett until on khalil azad [sic].”
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Kamphoff, who’s an English instructor at Patrick Henry Excessive Faculty in north Minneapolis, prefaced the retweet by saying, “How can we ask our youngsters to search out Black pleasure when their fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins, neighbors and elders are being murdered & brutalized by police?”, tacitly implying or agreeing that Azad was, in impact, lynched by Robbinsdale police.
Kamphoff, who describes herself on her Twitter profile as an “abolitionist,” has additionally been a key determine within the Minneapolis Federation of Academics Native 59’s (MFT59) opposition to the Minneapolis Police Division’s “PEACE Recruitment Plan.” The plan, which was approved by the Minneapolis Metropolis Council in December, granted a one-time $740,000 award designed to cowl paid internships for highschool college students from totally different upbringings who’re concerned with a profession in regulation enforcement. The plan was established by MPD in response to group demand that cops be related to the communities they serve. Kamphoff was reported to be a co-author of MFT59’s formal resolution issued in December in opposition to the recruitment program.
Launch of movies, BCA investigating
In response to the mounting accusations, Robbinsdale police have issued a series of statements over the previous couple of days that included the timeline of occasions within the early morning hours of July 3, 2022, in the course of the tried visitors cease and subsequent perimeter seek for Azad. Based on the timeline, the search lasted round an hour and concerned a number of different businesses, together with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Workplace, State Patrol Flight Division, and neighboring police businesses. They said that no suspect was discovered at the moment.
The statements additionally famous that police have been dispatched on a report of a physique within the water of Crystal Lake on July 5 at which period they discovered Azad deceased.
Robbinsdale police additionally requested the Minnesota Bureau of Felony Apprehension (BCA) to conduct an impartial evaluation of the case, which the BCA agreed to do. The outcomes of that evaluation haven’t but been revealed.
Earlier this week the Robbinsdale Police Division additionally posted links to several videos from police physique and squad cameras from the time of the preliminary visitors cease and subsequent search. One video exhibits the automobile Azad was allegedly driving touring at a excessive charge of pace in entrance of a squad, driving into opposing lanes of visitors, after which crashing after showing to leap a curb.
The movies additionally present the aftermath of the preliminary cease, conversations with two passengers who remained within the automobile, and a part of the search by means of the woods adjoining to the lake the place Azad was ultimately discovered deceased two days later.
Because the launch of the movies, activists have continued to insist that the police division and the health worker are covering up evidence. They’re additionally demanding that different businesses concerned within the July 3 search make their physique and squad digicam movies obtainable.
There is no such thing as a phrase on when the BCA will full their evaluation of the incident.
This text initially appeared at Alpha News.
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