Body Camera Footage Shows Police Officers Discussing ‘Hunting’ Civilians

WARNING – This story contains details about violence and profanity.  

Minneapolis police body camera footage reveals the officers discussing “hunting” people in response to the protests following the death of George Floyd.  

“Tonight, it was just nice to hear, ‘we’re going to find some more people,’” Minneapolis Police Commander Bruce Folkens tells an officer during a debrief. “We’re going to hunt—you guys are out hunting people now, and it’s just a nice change of tempo.” The officer proceeded to agree while Folkens and responded with “f–k these people.” 

According to CNN, the footage was released by attorney Eric Rice who represents Jaleel Stallings, a man who was cleared of charges for firing a gun at officers after they fired nonlethal bullets.  

“The evidence contradicts reports made by law enforcement officers, as well as common assumptions of how law enforcement and the criminal justice system should operate,” Rice informed CNN.  

“I am glad that the public can review the evidence for themselves and compare it against the statements made by the involved officers and the prosecution. Through transparency, I hope that our law enforcement and criminal justice systems can be improved.” 

The footage also reveals Minneapolis police Sgt. Andrew Bittell stating, “We’re rolling down Lake St. The first f–kers we see, we’re just handling them with 40’s,” referring to a firearm the officers use to control civil disobedience.  

The Minneapolis Police Department has not made any public comments regarding the discussions and comments made by the officers.  

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