UPDATED: Beating victim Zachary King Sr speaks to Daily News following attack by Minneapolis police
Contrary to reports, Zachary King Sr was attacked & beaten by Minneapolis police officers, following his departure from a concert on Fathers Day. King says while he was walking back to his truck, an officer nearby noticed a bulge in his shirt, in his hip area. The officer then approached King, followed by a confrontation that turned violent. At the time of the confrontation, King says he raised his hands in the air informing the officer that he was ‘legal’ and has a ‘conceal and carry’.
According to Kings account of the attack, the initial officer slammed King against a wall removing his weapon from the holster and holding it up in the air, shouting GUN GUN GUN. At this point, King says four additional officers came out of no where, slammed him onto his face, on the sidewalk, proceeding to beat him up.
King, says, one officer was smashing his head into the sidewalk, while other officers were punching him in the left side of his head (including the right side) and his neck followed by his back.
The entire time King was beaten, he says, police repeatedly asked where his ‘conceal and carry was’. King says he told the police ‘Why are you doing this to me, I didn’t do anything; I’m legal’. After finally discovering Mr King did in fact have a conceal and carry in his wallet, he was placed into the back of a squad where two pictures were taken.
Coinciding with having been placed inside a squad car, King says he was also given a breathalyzer test whereas he also says he blew 0′s all the way around. Following a breathalyzer test, one of the officers stated that he was going to be taken to jail, even though Mr King had stated that he needed medical attention.
At this point, medical examiners and an ambulance had already arrived on scene — where police were told King did in fact need medical attention. While riding in the ambulance, King stated to the officer (identified as Officer Stewart) who rode with ‘Why did u do this to me, I’m legal’, the officer responded ‘Why didn’t you inform me, that you had a conceal and carry’, King then said ‘I told you several times that I had my conceal and carry’.
Officer Stewart then purportedly told King that in his report, it would be said that King ‘didn’t inform the police of a conceal and carry’. King then says, he asked the paramedic ‘Wouldn’t you tell the police you had a conceal and carry, that’s common sense right’? The paramedic treating King, responded ‘Yes’.
Upon arriving at the hospital, King had informed the hospital that he had (Officer Bronson) wanted to file an injury report, and to have pictures taken. However, King says an officer (identified as Officer Bronson) told hospital officials that taking Kings photograph(s) were not necessary as they had already been taken prior to arriving at the hospital.
The nurse assigned to help treat Mr King, informed King that the hospital was just going to hand over the photos and report to the police. King then says, physicians informed him that the hospital had a copy of the evidence for Mr King, whereas King is currently in possession of the injury photos, but still needs the injury report itself.
King, refused to initially speak to doctors until they themselves had taken injury photos and documented a report. Upon doing so, King informed the doctors that he wanted records from Hennepin County hospital, in case the officers involved moved the records/photographs or ‘lose them’ so they could not be obtained.
Following his pictures being taken by doctors, he told physicians that he felt ‘so disoriented’ and ‘dizzy’ that they took him for a CAT scan almost immediately. After a CAT scan, King says he ‘tried my hardest not to go to sleep’ as he was scared he wouldn’t wake up. King also says that he believes he fell asleep briefly, as upon waking up the officers involved were speaking to him informing him that he needed to get dressed as it was ‘time to go to jail’.
King says, at the time, he also had a leg brace, where officers told him to sit sideways so he could be taken to jail via a squad car. Upon arriving at the jail, King says officers inside the building began to ask him ‘What happened to you’, and then was told to remove his pants so he could put on a jump suit. Upon doing so, an officer noticed that King was wearing the holster for his gun, which he then told the officer that he was ‘legal’ and had a conceal and carry.
At this point, King was asked to remove his clothing to be booked. He then was taken to a cell, for booking, where he asked jail officials ‘Why am I here’. The woman who booked King, informed him that he was charged of ‘obstruction of legal process’. King, who was feeling sick at the time, felt he needed further medical attention, but was informed by jail booking that he would be placed on PC hold for 36 hours.
King says during booking, they also took his leg brace which resulted in further pain in his leg from the attack. King, then arrived in his cell, where he requested to see a nurse, who told him that he was ‘fine’ and there was ‘nothing they can do’. That same night, King bailed out of jail around 10 p.m, where then he was immediately re-checked into a hospital where they informed him he had whip-lash and a concussion.
King, who has an 8 year old daughter, says that his daughter is ‘scared’ to look at him because of the injuries he had on his body.
Note: At no one time, according to Zachary King was he read any sort of his ‘rights’ including but not limited to his Miranda Rights upon an arrest.
King previously detained for a duration of 2days for filming police harassment:
According to King, he was arrested (April 29th) by police in downtown Minneapolis for filming police harassing King and his family. King began to film the harassment, and was later arrested by police for doing so. King then says he was pushed by Officer Star zinger, whereas King says that was done for no reason.
Video to be released at a later time.