Minnesota police allegedly use stun gun on black father waiting for his kids

Chris Lollie says he was just sitting in front of a First National Bank in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, on Jan. 31, waiting to pick up his kids, when an employee from a nearby store approached him and asked him to move. Police were called to the scene, and the 27-year-old began filming the interaction on his cell phone. The situation escalated, and police allegedly used a stun gun on Lollie before arresting him. As his footage began making the rounds online this week, the police defended the arrest, but Lollie says the incident was racially motivated.

Lollie’s disturbing cell phone video is making headlines as a national debate swells around racial profiling and excess use of force by police departments across the country.

The footage begins as he walks with a female officer, explaining to her that he had been sitting outside the bank for 10 minutes before he was asked to leave. He tells the officer he didn’t see signs saying he was on private property and didn’t think it was fair that he was being asked to move.

“The problem is I’m black,” he can be heard telling the officer. “That’s the problem. … I’m not sitting there with a group of people. I’m sitting there by myself. By myself, not causing a problem.”

Shortly after, a male officer walks up to them, and the exchange becomes heated. Lollie appears to drops his cell phone as he is presumably restrained by officers.

“Put your hands behind your back or you’re going to get tased,” a voice can be heard saying as Lollie frantically repeats that he hasn’t done anything wrong.

“I’m not doing anything! Stop, please,” Lollie yells as a clicking noise, possibly from a stun gun, can be heard in the background. “Can somebody help me? That’s my kids, right there! My kids are right there!”

“I don’t have any weapons or anything, and then you tase me? For what?” he is heard saying shortly after.

WARNING: Video contains graphic language and may be disturbing.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

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