Somali teens confronted by police Minneapolis Park Police tell thier story

"I was scared. I thought that it was my last day in this world"

Susie Jones
July 16, 2018 - 2:07 pm
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Suhaib Ahmed is still scared and having nightmares about what happened last Tuesday at Minnehaha Park.

"I was scared. One police officer's hand was shaking. I was afraid he was going to shoot me," he said.

His friend Aden Aden says a white person at the park started taunting them with a knife.

"Basically I just thought when the police got there they would go to the suspect because he had the knife," said Aden.

But instead, the teenagers were told to get on the ground and were placed in handcuffs after someone called 911 to report  the teens had guns, which they didn't. 

The teenagers shared what it was like going through the ordeal.

"I was scared. I thought that would be my last day on this world," said Abdijabar Ahmed.

Aftermath of the incident was captured on camera and posted on social media, causing an outcry in the Somali community.

Jaylani Hussein is executive director of CAIR Minnesota, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.  He joined the families at a news conference Monday. They're calling for a 3rd party investigation, and said they are considering taking legal action.

"We also are looking at policy issues in the Park Police Department. How police officers act with young children," Hussein said.

Hussein said they would like others who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.