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KSTP Photographer Will Ask Minneapolis PD for Independent Investigation of Occupy Incident

The KSTP photographer involved in an altercation with a police officer at an Occupy Minneapolis rally will ask the police department to refer the matter to the city attorney for an independent investigation into the incident, the station says.

Chad Nelson will meet with the Minneapolis Police Department’s internal affairs division today. Nelson was covering the Occupy Minneapolis rally over the weekend when he was violently shoved by a police officer, knocking his camera to the ground. Earlier this week, police chief Timothy Dolan called Nelson and apologized to him for the incident, according to KSTP.

“From my preliminary review of the video regarding Mr. Nelson, the officer’s interference does not appear to be necessary,” Dolan said in a statement earlier this week. “If that is the case, I’m very disappointed.”

News director Lindsay Radford said the officer’s identity was still unknown.

“Photographer Chad Nelson was acting professional during Saturday’s protest and the officer’s actions were not warranted,” Radford said

Here’s video of the incident:

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