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Minnesota Man Brutalized by SWAT Executive Officer

ANDOVER, Minn. -- A father of four was fighting for his life at a
Minneapolis hospital after he was allegedly savagely beaten by a SWAT
officer.



Vander Lee was talking loudly on his cell phone
on the patio of the Tanners Station restaurant in Andover on Saturday
night when another man asked him to be quiet, myFOXtwincities.com
reported.



Minutes later, Lee's friend Mike Archambault said the cell phone went dead after he was allegedly attacked.



Archambault said, "He did a Superman punch. Brian
went back, feet up in the air, and the guy landed on top of him and his
head bounced off the concrete."



Lee was rushed to the hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for bleeding on his brain. The attacker fled the scene.



At least ten witnesses on the patio, including
Lee's wife, told investigators the suspect was possibly a Minneapolis
police officer.



Sgt. David Clifford handed himself in to the
Anoka County Jail on Sunday afternoon. He made a statement and was
booked into the jail on charges of first and third-degree assault.



Sgt. Bill Palmer, with the Minneapolis Police
Department, said Clifford had been with the department since 1993 and is
an executive officer of the SWAT team.



Archambault said, "I think he realized now, I
don't think he realized how serious it was last night.And now that word
got out -- that Brian is in the condition he's in -- that he better do
what's right."



Brian Vander Lee was on life support on Sunday after two brain surgeries. Doctors are hopeful, saying his vital signs look good.

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Added: Jun-18-2012 Occurred On: Jun-17-2012
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  • The problem with the American police force is they arm themselves like the military. They treat their citizens like enemy combatants rather than people they provide service to. This us and them attitude with heavy military arms are just getting out of hand. America is a police state.

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    • @2Phast4Rocket
      Yes the cops do, but there is good reason to be armed and vigilant. Places like Chicago where there have been over 5,000 murders in the last 11 years, and there were 2,000 US personnel killed in Afghanistan during the same time frame, and that was only one city.

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    • @Kmanbay Yeah but they were mostly black on black murders.Or crack/meth heads.So that's not so bad.

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    • @rickh03301
      Fucking LOL

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    • @Kmanbay blah blah blah stop making excuses for bad policing as though there is a good reason public servants to treat there employers like inmates in a prison.

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    • @givemeadamnname

      The cops on the street don’t carry machine guns. They carry pistols. The SWAT teams and others going to a violent emergency may arm themselves with rifles, but it isn’t what they walk around with.
      So don’t delude yourself into thinking we have machine gun toting cops everywhere, because we don’t.
      Your statement is simply not accurate and seems to be born of some sort of emotional response to how you FEEL.

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  • Say goodbye to your ten year career,your pension and your 2nd amendment rights,douchebag.

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  • its a daily thing.
    cops do what they want with the reports, evidence, and facts.
    the badge is polished for a reason.
    you can polish a turd, but its still a turd.
    theLAB

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  • The Sgt. will be acquitted and the victim will be charged with assaulting a police officer.

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  • I grew up in Mpls. The police in Mpls, and Saint Paul have been corrupt from their inception. I wonder why the most liberal places have the most aggressive cops?

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    • @dog64 seems that way don't it. Most cops everywhere are pretty much fascist, no matter the community's political leanings, that's the impression I get.

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    • @dog64 you should read up on the LAPD and the L.A. Sherrifs...
      makes these guys look like Keystone Kops.

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    • @dog64
      I have lived in Minneapolis since 1968, I grew up here and lived through my rebel-hooligan stage here. I have never had any problems with Saint Paul or Minneapolis police. The small suburban cops and cops from just over the border in Wisconsin, yes, quit a lot actually.
      I think Sgt. David Clifford just snapped and went criminally crazy. I'm blaming the individual this time, and not who he works for.

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    • @MurderDenied That's my take as well. I would be screaming police brutality with the rest had he been on duty. I do believe law enforcement personnel should be held to a higher standard, but this would have gone the same if he was a construction worker, etc. There are assholes on the force just like there are asshole civilians, but in my personal experience, the ratio is not significantly higher.

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    • @MurderDenied Not sure what kind of history this guy has. I boxed for the Mpls PD when I was a kid in the 70's. they didn't mess with younger guys unless they were really bad. They were corrupt in ways most never seen. Back in the day they didn't mess with gangerster, or Mafia as long as they didn't cause too much trouble, and pay offs were not unheard of.

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  • I'll bet this Sgt. Clifford has been a bully all his life, and once he became a cop, he thought he could get away with it. Now he just ruined his career in a drunken rage sucker punching this guy over talking on his cell phone.

    Enjoy your stay in jail there Sarge.

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    • @dirtbiker201 Yup. That's probably it. He thinks he is untouchable as a cop and gets a sense of privilege and entitlement from the ego boosts he gets when the authoritarian system says it's ok for him to beat people up just for disobeying his orders. They are conditioned to be complete assholes, and to trivialize and justify all their violence, blaming their victims.

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  • Hang that fucking cop by his balls in front of the courthouse ....if that man dies, the cop should be publicly and as painfully as possible, executed in public, and televised.

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  • Scum bag cop!

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  • BRAIN surgery? Our cops all apparently need to be on heavy medication. The poor bastard who got beat for no reason, KACHING - multi-million dollar lawsuit - if he makes it out of the hospital not a vegetable.

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  • Thugs with badges. Enough said.

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  • .

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  • The cop got charged?

    ... wow.

    Someone check the temperature in hell. Is that a flying pig I see?

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  • cops are mentally unstable loose cannons. This is no surprise.

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  • People have to learn. Hitting a person standing on a hard surface may result in both the puncher and the punchee suffering life-changing injuries. If the victim dies this officer will go to prison for a number of years. Either way this officer is now out of work and has limited career choices. It just is not worth it people!

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    • @downhill2400 Not so sure he is out of work.
      If the man lives and there are no long term injuries the cop might be able to get a reduce sentence that might not be a felony, in which case his messed up Police Union will argue for his job, along with some anger management classes and community service.

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    • @givemeadamnname Yes, you are correct. I used to be a Union shop steward. I got tired of defending the assholes in our organization so I quit. The problem is the Unions are mandated by Federal law to fully defend their members.

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  • What do you expect from these power hungry assholes. This babe looked ultra cranky at my local fave establishment so Ii bought her a drink and made an inquiry. Another person already told me she just caught her ex fuckin around. She told me him and his buddies took cash, used steroids, kicked random asses, took drugs, (then took drugs)<-get it...ha And he was.... a police man. go figure.

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  • Holy shit. Have fun in general population.

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    • @meh88 If only, General population would be justice well served.
      If he does this in public because he thinks a guy is talking to loud what has he done in private or on the Job. How many ppl will come out of the shadows to say they were abused by this dick-wad.

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  • Is it any wonder that the vast majority of people dislike cops.

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  • i hope someone takes out that trash . a lot of pigs need some lead to the head

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  • Fucking bullies with badges. Please shoot every fucking pig cop in the face to fix this problem.

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  • macho cop letting his macho bs get the best of him. That guy in the hospital could end up with permanent brain damage because of him... if he survives.

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  • http://www.startribune.com/local/north/159485595.html

    more details toward the story

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  • Welp, he done fucked up his life, didn't he.

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  • fucking cops.

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