The death of 24-year-old Quincy Deshawn Smith – One of the many reasons Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan must resign immediately, along with the whole Mpls Civil Rights Department

Posted on February 15, 2011


Quincy Smith learned that an appeals court had cleared the way for his lawsuit alleging police brutality against several Minneapolis officers stemming from a 2005 arrest. In that suit, Smith claimed that he was handcuffed and thrown to the ground despite being compliant; police said he obstructed officers as they cited a friend of his for walking against a red light. This article is better than the one in today’s Strib.”

"No Civil Rights Department that works for the people - just for the players."

Minneapolis, MN (Source: Star Tribune/IBNN NEWS/February 15, 2011)…Quincy Deshawn Smith, 24, went into cardiac arrest as officers used punches, kicks and a Taser to control him during the Dec. 9, 2008, arrest, according to the lawsuit filed by Bettie Smith.

Smith was eventually handcuffed while he was face down, but when officers rolled him over they discovered he was not breathing, the suit said. Devick began chest compressions while other officers called for an ambulance.

Her son was dead upon arrival at a hospital.

City attorney Susan Segal said Monday that the city has not seen the lawsuit and had no comment. (No surprise)

No officers saw a rifle during their pursuit of Smith, the suit said.

Last March a Hennepin County grand jury declined to indict five officers in connection with the death of 24-year-old Quincy Deshawn Smith.

There’s no better reason for Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan to resign immediately.