Chief orders investigation response to protest

Published 10:02 am Friday, May 15, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police are investigating the response by officers to a downtown demonstration over a police shooting in Madison, Wisconsin.

The group Black Lives Matter Minneapolis claims a 10-year-old boy was among those police sprayed with a chemical irritant during a march Wednesday night.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said the group’s concerns will be investigated. Harteau also said she spoke to the boy’s mother to see how he was doing.

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According to a press release, police released an incident report saying a “chemical aerosol” was used to drive back the crowd.

The demonstration follows a decision by the Dane County, Wisconsin, district attorney not to charge a white officer in the death of an unarmed, biracial 19-year-old man in March.