View Full Version : Occupy Minnesota - Cops picking up sober Occupiers and drugging them for 'training'

3rd May 2012, 23:20
Very weird story coming out of Minnesota. Looking forward to hearing more about this...


Video documentation by local activists and independent media shows that police officers and county deputies from across Minnesota have been picking up young people near Peavey Plaza for a training program to recognize drug-impaired drivers. Multiple participants say officers gave them illicit drugs and provided other incentives to take the drugs. The Occupy movement, present at Peavey Plaza since April 7th, appears to be targeted as impaired people are dropped off at the Plaza, and others say they've been rewarded for offering to snitch on the movement.

Local independent media activists and members of Communities United Against Police Brutality began investigating police conduct around the Plaza after witnessing police dropping off impaired people at the plaza and hearing rumors that they were offering people drugs. We videotaped police conduct and interviewed participants, learning some very disturbing information about the DRE program.

Officers stated on record the DRE program, run by the Minnesota State Patrol, has no Institutional Review Board or independent oversight. They agreed no ambulances or EMTs were on site at the Richfield MnDOT facility near the airport where most subjects were taken. Multiple times, participants left Peavey Plaza sober, returned intoxicated, and said they'd been given free drugs by law enforcement. We documented on more than one occasion, someone being told they were sober by one officer, and then picked up by a different officer, and returning intoxicated.

Full article HERE (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/03/1088516/-Occupy-Minnesota-WTF-Cops-picking-up-sober-Occupiers-and-Drugging-them-for-Training-).

3rd May 2012, 23:24
very weird -- wonder if they are placing 'sleepers'

3rd May 2012, 23:36
Huffington Post just picked up the story HERE (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/minnesota-police-give-drugs-impairment-study_n_1475291.html).

Cops are denying it.

UPDATE: Lieutenant Eric Roeske, Public Information Officer/Spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol, denied the accusations. "It is against our policies and against the law to provide people with any sort any sort of illegal drugs or to allow them to use them in our presence," he said. "We have found no evidence or information that substantiated the allegations made in the video."

4th May 2012, 00:05
It doesn't surprise me, the only way the establishment has to crack Occupy is to try and divert as many people who are on drugs or mentally ill as possible to the locations and then claim "Public safety!" or "Lack of sanitation!" as the excuse for raiding and closing the camps. In New York they were actually dropping off rowdy/drunk homeless at or right near the Occupy camp and telling them to go there. In LA we were close enough to skid row they came on their own. No matter how clean the camps are though there'll always be just enough homeless to create that nebulous "smell" that everyone cites as the supposed imminent proof of gross sanitation problems (despite no other evidence.)

The more we catch them on camera doing this the worse they'll look. :)