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Video shows officer detaining Black woman instead of the white woman who was harassing her at Minneapolis airport 

A video recorded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport earlier this month displays a police officer rushing in and grabbing a Black victim of a verbal assault, instead of the white woman who seemed to have instigated the confrontation according to KARE 11. The incident took place on Feb. 15 at MSP Terminal 1 baggage claim. The man who recorded the video said he started filming because the white woman was belligerent, rude and harassed multiple passengers.

The man said he can’t explain why police would immediately go for the Black woman, who was the actually victim. The video displays a white woman walking up to a couple of fellow travelers, speaking aggressively and swearing at them. Then she turns in a circle, pointing and cursing at the crowd. She would then walk up to a group of other travelers and reached toward a Black woman’s mask. The Black woman seems to be putting up her arm to keep the woman at bay when a police officer grabs the Black woman.

The crowd is heard saying, “Wrong person, wrong person,” and “It’s her,” referring to the white woman who had walked away. After about 13 seconds of confusion, the officer lets the Black woman go and walks over to the white woman, grabbing her arm.

Family of the woman first grabbed by police says she feels racially profiled by airport. The woman now has an attorney, told KARE 11 they have no public comment as of now. In a statement to the news station, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) confirmed that a 59-year-old woman “located in Terminal 1 bag claim, became verbally aggressive toward other passengers, shouting profanities at them. (The woman) eventually focused on two passengers whom she confronted while others in the area gathered to watch and film the disturbance.”

The statement added, “Airport police were called to the scene and the first officer to arrive moved to quell the disturbance. In the confusion of the moment and based on his understanding of information provided to him by a passenger present, the officer misidentified who had initiated the disturbance and engaged one of the two individuals whom (the woman) had confronted. Bystanders corrected the officer who quickly turned his attention on (the woman), who was arrested for possession of drugs (5th Degree), obstruction of legal process, and disorderly conduct.”

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