Watch: Police Defend Arrest of Black Man Reportedly Tased in Front of His Kids

Video of the unidentified man in St. Paul, Minn., hit the Web earlier this week. It appears to show police questioning, tasing and arresting him for sitting in a public area and refusing to give officers his name—none of which is against the law in Minnesota. 

An unidentified man in St. Paul, Minn., videotaped his arrest and reported tasing by two unidentified officers. The man claims that he was sitting in a public space when police, including the one seen here, approached him.    Twin Citites Daily Planet screenshot

Updated Aug. 29, 9:10 a.m. EDT: The St. Paul, Minn., Police Department issued a statement on its Facebook page defending the arrest of Chris Lollie in January of this year. The statement was reported by the Minneapolis City Pages.

In the statement, police say they were called by a private security company because a man had repeatedly entered a private “employees only” area in a bank. That man, identified as Lollie, refused to leave and refused to cooperate. Here’s a portion of the police statement:

As is often the case, the video does not show the totality of the circumstances.

Our officers were called by private security guards on a man who was trespassing in a private area. The guards reported that the man had on repeated occasions refused to leave a private “employees only” area in the First National Bank Building.

With no information on who the man was, what he might be doing or why he refused to leave the area, responding Saint Paul police officers tried to talk to him, asking him who he was. He refused to tell them or cooperate.

Our officers are called upon and required to respond to calls for assistance and to investigate the calls. At one point, the officers believed he might either run or fight with them. It was then that officers took steps to take him into custody. He pulled away and resisted officers’ lawful orders. They then used the force necessary to safely take him into custody.

He was arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct. The full statement can be read here.

Updated Aug. 28, 2:56 p.m. EDT: The man in the video has been identified as 27-year-old Chris Lollie, according to the Minneapolis City Pages. According to the City Pages, police were responding to a call of a man loitering in front of the First National Bank building on Jan. 31 at 9:43 a.m.

It’s unclear why video of the incident is just surfacing, but a police report filed by officers on the same day and time that Lollie would have been arrested noted that a man “was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing the legal process, but those charges were later dropped.”


It isn’t the footage so much as the screams.

On Tuesday, video of an unidentified black man in St. Paul, Minn., being questioned by police officers hit the Web. What isn’t seen but is heard clearly is the Taser being charged and then shot as the man is reportedly arrested for what appears to amount to sitting in a public space waiting for his kids to be let out from school and then refusing to give his name because, according to him, he “hadn’t done anything wrong.”