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State Patrol: "No evidence" officers gave Occupy-ers drugs

The State Patrol says there's no proof officers gave DRE study participants drugs before dropping them off near Peavey Plaza.
The State Patrol says there's no proof officers gave DRE study participants drugs before dropping them off near Peavey Plaza.

Hours after saying his agency is "looking into" allegations that state patrol officers and county deputies have been giving drugs to young people hanging out near Peavey Plaza as part of an impairment study, a State Patrol spokesman said there's no proof officers acted inappropriately.

"There's been no evidence or no information that has been presented to us that would substantiate any of the allegations," said Eric Roeske, State Patrol public information officer.

It should be noted that despite presenting a persuasive amount of circumstantial evidence, the video report outlining the explosive allegations doesn't contain a smoking gun -- officers aren't recorded saying they've given drugs to young people, nor is there conclusive video proof participants in the impairment study weren't already high before getting picked up by officers.

According to the Star Tribune, Roeske, speaking for Sergeant Riccardo Munoz, administrator of so-called Drug Recognition Expert program, said "to [Munoz's] knowledge none of that activity has taken place." Roeske, stating the obvious, added that it's against policy and procedure for police to offer people drugs.

Roeske's comments, however, don't rule out the possibility some officers acted independently, enticing study participants with drugs in violation of police rules. But the video report, put together by local independent media activists and members of Communities Against Police Brutality, doesn't single out drug-distributing officers by name.

Yesterday, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan said Minneapolis city officers weren't involved in the DRE drug imbroglio, adding that if it turns out to be true that out-of-town agencies were giving drugs to Peavey Plaza protestors, "I think we'd probably have an issue with that."

So it looks like the drug allegations may remain at the he said-she said stage until more conclusive evidence of police wrongdoing is brought forward.

Previous coverage:
-- Minnesota police giving Peavey Plaza Occupy-ers drugs as part of impairment study, report says [VIDEO]
-- State patrol "looking into" Occupy drug allegations; Mpls police claim no involvement


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