Police investigate activist’s arrest

Published 9:56 am Monday, July 28, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis authorities are investigating an injury sustained by a community activist in relation to his arrest.

Al Flowers was released from jail and recovering Sunday from head and face wounds. The 55-year-old said he was assaulted by police Saturday.

Online jail records show Flowers was charged with assault and obstructing the legal process. He said he didn’t hit anyone.

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The Minneapolis police chief and mayor said they can’t disclose any information during the investigation. The chief calls the case a distraction.

Flowers and his lawyer, state Sen. Bobby Joe Champion, said officers arrived at his home Saturday to arrest his 16-year-old daughter. They said a fight ensued when Flowers asked to see the warrant.

Flowers is a critic of the police department and has sued the city multiple times.