'Problem is I'm black': St. Paul police defend tasering, arresting musician waiting for his kids

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul police are defending the arrest and use of a stun gun against a man sitting in a downtown skyway.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chris Lollie says he was waiting in the skyway to pick up his children from a day care center. First National Bank security guards called police to report Lollie had been sitting in a skyway lounge designated for building employees. Lollie says there were no signs that it was a private area.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports police arrived and the situation escalated. Lollie recorded the January encounter on his cell phone which was recently returned to him after charges against him were dismissed. Lollie posted the video on You Tube this week.

St. Paul police say Lollie resisted officers' orders and used the force necessary to taken him into custody.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

 

 

 

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