Minneapolis Police Officer Relieved Of Duty During Shooting Investigation

Protesters plan "Rally for Justice" today; list demands that include firing Police Chief Janeé Harteau and an apology and damages for the "reckless shooting."

Hennepin County Government Center, Minneapolis, MN Photo MinnyApple.com

Minneapolis, Minnesota A Minneapolis police officer has been relieved of duty due to an investigation into a shooting that occurred in November.  

Officer Efrem Hamilton allegedly fired a shot at a car containing passengers when the car hit his vehicle during a downtown Minneapolis brawl on November 20, 2016.  

The Star Tribune reports:

The internal investigation followed the filing of complaints with the city by the six people who were in the vehicle. They accused the officer of acting improperly by firing his service handgun at their car.

Hamilton was responding to the scene of a large brawl-turned-shooting near Target Field, authorities said.

But when a car that was trying to back away from the chaotic scene struck his squad, he fired a single round at the vehicle, hitting its side. No one was hurt.

Additionally, a rally organized by those who filed the complaint is planned for 3pm today at the Hennepin County Government Center.  

The rally organizers have included a “list of demands” with the event invitation.  The demands include:

  1. Opening Fire on Innocent Civilians, downtown does NOT make us safe! This must NEVER hasppen (sic) again!
  2. Accountability from the Mayor! Fire the Chief and the Officer who recklessly opened fire on these young people.
  3. Release all of the information including the name of Officer who opened fire, body cam, dash cam, street cam and any other video or statements from the incident.
  4. An apology from the city and damages for the young people targetted (sic) in this reckless police shooting.

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Andrea Mayer-Bruestle

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle is a former writer for Alpha News.