Dolan says Minneapolis Police Department didnt know other law enforcement agencies were giving drugs to protesters

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May 3, 2012
By: Nick Halter
Nick Halter
Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan today said he had no prior knowledge of allegations from OccupyMN protesters saying that other law enforcement agencies have been offering them drugs as a part of a drug recognition program.

“We looked at the allegations but there was nothing involving Minneapolis Police, and I’d be shocked if they were involved. We’re looking into it,” Dolan said at a press conference.

At a public hearing yesterday, activist Forest Oliver told a city committee that law enforcement officers gave him a bag of marijuana and a pipe and took him to an airfield in Richfield and told him to smoke the marijuana.

A YouTube video shows Kanabec County and Chisago County law enforcement officials persuading people to get into their cruisers. Oliver is shown in the first segment of the video.

Others on the video say police offered them all sorts of drugs, including cocaine and heroin. A phone call to the Minnesota State Patrol, which administers the Drug Recognition Evaluator program, was not immediately returned. 

Occupy protesters say that officers would drop off intoxicated people at Peavey Plaza, making their protests look bad.

Dolan said his department is looking into the allegations.

“We’ve seen the allegations or heard the allegations,” he said. “If that’s the case, we’re not very happy about that, but we’ll look into it and find out and get some answers. There’s nothing implicating Minneapolis in this.”

Asked point blank if he knew that out-of-town agencies were giving drugs to protesters, Dolan said: “No. I think we’d probably have an issue with that.”

To view Oliver's story, as he told it to the city's Public Safety committee, go to the 93:10 mark in this video .

 City Council Member Cam Gordon, who sits on the committee, raised concerns about the allegations on his blog.


"I can appreciate that it is in the interest of the public to have a well-educated police force, able to identify intoxicated people, but there must be better, more ethical, alternative ways to provide them that education/"