Group Alleges Brutality by Brooklyn Park Cop

Updated: 07/15/2013 4:57 PM By: Maricella Miranda

Photo: MGN Online
Photo: MGN Online

A group against police brutality will rally Monday against a Brooklyn Park police officer that reportedly has had numerous incidents of brutality complaints against him.

The group Communities United Against Police Brutality is organizing the event Monday, July 15, where organizers plan to reveal 31 complaints against Sgt. Greg Burstad of the Brooklyn Park Police Department. According to the group, Burstad has received a 40-hour suspension.

A video will be revealed of Burstad repeatedly punching a man who surrendered, the group says. The alleged assault resulted in substantial bodily harm, according to the group.

Burstad was not charged in the incident, according to the group.

Twelve complaints also were filed in the city of Crystal related to an investigation of a family's home, in which Burstad reportedly was involved with, the group stated. The group alleges that items were taken from the home during the investigation.

The event started at 3 p.m. Monday at the Brooklyn Park Library, 8600 Zane Ave. N.

The Brooklyn Police Department released a statement in response to the group's allegations about Burstad. The department reported that it investigated the claims from 2007 and 2009.

As a result, Burstad was suspended for five days of work without pay. Burstad served his suspension and has since returned to duty, police reported. Since 2009, Burstad has generated or participated in approximately 1,500 incidents without complaint.

"Several years have passed since Burstad was involved in the failures outlined in this investigation," the police department stated. "He has since helped our department develop gang reduction and youth violence prevention efforts that have been progressive, well managed, and professionally competent."

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