The Edina Police Department is responding to a YouTube video that has been widely shared on social media of a man being stopped by a plain clothes officer for walking in the street. On 10/12/16 at approximately 11:46, Lieutenant T. Olson was on duty, in the City of Edina, dressed in plain clothes and driving an unmarked police vehicle
According to the police report, the man was walking on Xerxes Avenue near West 60th Street at about 11:46 a.m. on Oct. 12. The reporting officer said multiple cars had to cross the double yellow line to drive around the pedestrian, who was wearing headphones and didn’t respond to the officer’s siren or commands. An alcohol breath test registered a .017 BAC. The man was cited for disturbing the peace and failure to obey a traffic signal, then dropped off by police at Southdale mall.
The uploader of the video said the sidewalk on Xerxes was under construction, and the man was walking as close to the curb as possible. She stopped her car and started recording the incident once she saw police cut the pedestrian off and “accuse him of walking in the middle of the street.”
Toki Wright posted on his Facebook page a recorded incident in which a young black guy was walking down the sidewalk when he came upon an area in which the city was doing some construction. Unable to continue his walk he went onto the road in attempts to walk around the construction site and was met but an officer.
Here’s what happened in Edina, Minnesota yesterday when a Black man decided to walk around construction that was blocking the sidewalk. This is also a perfect …example of how people get murdered. #MinnesotaNice
“I witnessed and videoed this earlier today. I passed by a man who was walking on the white line of the shoulder of the street. There was construction and it was obvious that the sidewalk was not available right there so he was hugging the right side as far as he could go. I went around him and noticed in my rearview mirror that an unmarked SUV turned on police lights. The officer pulled in front of the pedestrian to cut him off and proceeded to accuse him of walking in the middle of the street. I have posted a portion of the video that leads up to my giving an officer my address and phone number, which I’d rather were not posted on youtube.” – Citizen 7101
This story of course is still developing… Click here to read the Lieutenant report