Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota police officer Rod Webber was caught on camera in March 2015 threatening 17-year-old Hamza Jeylani. The threats entailed severe bodily harm — breaking the teens leg. The video subsequently went viral after we reported on it five years ago. However, the police had more video of the incident which was apparently even worse but they chose to keep it secret this entire time. Thanks to a FOIA request by a local news outlet, we now see the true scope of the problem.
Earlier this month, the Sahan Journal obtained the entire video, which is full of racist tirades and threats the 24-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, officer Roderic Weber dished out in front of his fellow officers — who did absolutely nothing.
Though Weber would later be fired, in what turned out to be a brutal battle between the department and the union who defended him, none of the other cops who condoned the officer’s actions have faced so much as a slap on the wrist.
Now, there are renewed calls for an investigation into the systemic corruption and racism inside the department that killed George Floyd.
The officer’s newly discovered actions—described as volatile, prejudiced, and horrific by police accountability advocates—highlight the Minneapolis Police Department’s often tenuous relationship with people of color, and especially the Somali community, the Sahan Journal reports.
“We are saddened to learn the shocking nature of this incident and the failure of the previous investigation to discipline other officers who are involved,” Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota, said in a statement.
“CAIR-Minnesota demands a new investigation into this incident as well as new disciplinary charges for all officers involved who were not disciplined in the previous investigation. Those officers who stood by and allowed the conduct of this officer showed clearly that this type of behavior is welcomed, practiced, and protected.”
As TFTP reported at the time, Jeylani was in the car with his three friends after playing basketball at the YMCA when they were pulled over. The teens were compliant when asked who owned the vehicle, but were nonetheless pulled from the car. Jeylani filmed as Webber threatened him, saying,
“Plain and simple, if you f** with me, I’m going to break your leg before you get the chance to run. I’m being honest; I don’t screw around.”
“I never said I was going to run,” Jeylani says in response.
Webber replies “I’m just giving you a heads up. Just trying to be officer friendly right now.”
According to the ACLU, “police said the stolen car they were after was a blue Honda Civic. The teenagers, however, were driving a blue Toyota Camry.” In addition, Jeylani asserts that the driver of the vehicle had documentation proving him to be the owner. Despite this evidence clearing the kids, the cops cuffed them all and made them wait an hour while searching the vehicle and doing background checks on all four teens, Faysal Mohamed told My Fox Twin Cities.
“Can you tell me why I’m being arrested?” asked the Jeylani, to which Webber replied, “Because I feel like arresting you.”
All four of the boys were of Somali descent, and believe they were the victims of racial profiling. They later filed a complaint that led to Weber’s firing.
However, the true despicable nature of the stop was not known publicly until now. During the stop, the officer essentially wished the teens death and genocide based solely on their nationality.
“Do you remember what happened in Black Hawk Down when we killed a bunch of you folk? I’m proud of that,” Officer Weber said.
“We didn’t finish the job over there, ‘cause if we had finished the job, you guys wouldn’t be over here right now,” Weber added.
“You’re racist, bro,” said one of the teens.
“Yep, and I’m proud of it,” Weber replied.
All of this was said within earshot of Weber’s fellow officers, yet none of them said or did anything. This is the problem with ostensible “good cops.”
As you watch the video below, remember that this is the cop that the police union fought so hard to keep on the force.