Boys share $160K payout over police incident at Minneapolis park
The boys were subject of a bogus 911 call. Four boys who were handcuffed at gunpoint by police responding to what was ultimately a bogus 911 call at a Minneapolis park will share in a $160,000 payout.
The settlement between the four Somali boys, who were aged 13-16 at the time of the July 2018 incident, and the Minneapolis Parks Police totals $170,000.
The boys will receive $40,000 each and the remaining $10,000 will go to the Council of American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR-MN).
CAIR-MN Director Jaylani Hussein revealed the settlement at a press conference on Wednesday, which came after the boys' families lodged a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, withdrawn as part of the settlement.
The incident went viral on social media when a female witness documented the police's response. She said she had seen the four boys harassed by an older white teenager before officers arrived.
Police bodycam footage released by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board shows the moment one of the responding officers, Officer Matthew Ryan, gets out of their squad car with his gun drawn, screaming at the boys to get on the ground, while the other handcuffs them.