On Thursday of last week, Minneapolis police and a doctor found themselves the subjects of a lawsuit after the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that Guntallwon Brown’s constitutional rights were violated after a forced body cavity search that took place in 2015. 

A confidential informant who worked for the police and Brown were involved in a drug sale on Aug. 8, 2015.  According to court documents, Brown put his hands down his pants between his legs and transitioned his body against a chair.  The baggie was reportedly crack cocaine. 

Officers Bryce Robinson, David Menter, and other unnamed officers arrested Brown and transported him to North Memorial  Hospital with a search warrant.  While at the hospital, Brown refused to pull the baggie out of his rectum or take a laxative to discharge the item. 

After a doctor at North Memorial refused to assist, that is when police officers drove Brown to Hennepin County Medical Center, and it was there where medical staff strapped Brown down and gave him a sedative while Dr. Paul Nystrom and other unnamed staff retrieved the baggie with a forceps.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA – December 28, 2018: Founded in 1867, Minneapolis Police Department also known as MPD. It is the largest police department in Minnesota.

In 2017, Brown was convicted of fifth-degree drug possession.  However, his conviction was overturned in 2019.  The Supreme Court ruled that medical staff and law enforcement violated Brown’s constitutional rights to dignity, personal privacy, and bodily integrity.

 “Defendants engaged in intentional, offensive, and unpermitted contact with Plaintiff,” according to a court document.  “Plaintiff suffered physical injury, humiliation, mental anguish, and suffering.”

Brown filed a lawsuit asking for punitive damages in the range of $50,000 or more in addition to monies the court determined appropriate. 

Brown’s attorney, Christopher Nguyen, told reporters, “My client is OK; however… what happened to him wasn’t right”. “One of the things that’s been really tough is that there’s this pattern of behavior from the Minneapolis department being able to do whatever they want without any consequences, with complete indifference to the rights of the accused. That is the biggest reason why this is being brought.”

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