Officer on leave amid inquiry into threats against suspect

Published 10:27 am Wednesday, May 6, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police officer has been put on paid leave while the department investigates whether he threatened to break a suspect’s legs.

The Star Tribune reports police are looking into the authenticity of a video that appears to show the incident. In the video, an officer is apparently heard telling a suspect they would break their legs before they “get a chance to run.” The officer’s face is not shown.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, says the officer has said it’s his voice in the video.

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Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang says it’s “standard” for an officer to be put on paid leave.

Police department spokesman John Elder told the newspaper Tuesday night that he would answer questions during the day Wednesday.