Sickening video footage shows 12 black males beating, kicking, and running a man over with a bicycle in what police describe as an organized crime spree to steal cellphones from defenseless passersby.
In the footage, approximately twelve men surround the male victim before punching him repeatedly, kicking him in the face, rifling through his pockets, and then hitting him with planting pots and jumping on his chest.
The incident, which occurred near Target Field on Aug. 3, is reported by police to be part of a broader crime wave involving a gang that targets isolated passersby and beats them unconscious after stealing their cell phones.
Via KSTP 5 Minneapolis:
The Minneapolis Police Department has arrested more than a dozen suspects involved in crime ring that focused on robbing cellphones from intoxicated people and then beating the victims.
According to a report provided by Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder, a three-day sweep conducted two weeks ago ended with police arresting 16 people between the ages of 13 and 25. The suspects are seen on surveillance video punching, kicking and riding over one man with a bike.
The robberies occurred near Hennepin, First and Second avenues, between Third and Sixth streets, and happened between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
The suspects were mostly boys and men, with a female sometimes present. They would “finesse” the victim — looking for an easy target, such as someone who was intoxicated and alone, looking at their cellphone at times. Elder said half of the assailants are juveniles.
According to police, the suspects arrested after being identified on surveillance video included Boris Likuwa Lusumbo, 20; Adrian Jamal Cooper, 25; Antonio Kolli Morrow, 21; and Jamar Shamar Robinson, 20.
National File was able to confirm that the robberies occurred squarely in the heart of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar’s Fifth Congressional District.
Minneapolis has one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. and is in the top 1% of the most dangerous places in Minnesota, as well as being ranked the worst place in the country for black Americans to live.