Yesterday we posted a video of a group of kids following a gay man after the Twin Cities Pride festival in downtown Minneapolis. The kids can be heard harassing the man for being gay after they ask him about his sexuality. They also threw stones at the man.
The video made news sites across the state and many viewers were outraged to see two uniformed men walk past the incident and not stop it. Some accused the Minneapolis Police of failing to intervene.
The Minneapolis Police Department issued a statement yesterday clearing up any confusion. Officials said the men in the video were security officers and not city police.
"Those security officers who casually walk by during this incident were not from our department," the release states. "We have a strict uniform policy, and those were not our uniforms or our police officers. This [the teens' taunting] is unacceptable behavior that would not be tolerated by the Minneapolis police."The video:
Police officials also contacted Grey Day, who has since added a note to the video he posted to let viewers know that the "officers" in the clip are private security officers.