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December 3, 2021

Local civil rights group demands disciplinary action against violent MPD officer.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

We are deeply concerned to learn about the violent arrest of Troy Lee Billups, a 64-year-old Black resident of Minneapolis, Wednesday night at the ALDI on East Franklin and 14th Ave S. A bystander’s video shows Minneapolis Police Officer Christoper Lange grabbing Mr. Billups by the back of the neck and slamming his head into a nearby counter. It is clear that Officer Lange’s excessive force escalated a situation that called for de-escalation.

Racial Justice Network is calling on Mayor Frey and Chief Arradondo to take immediate disciplinary action against Officer Lange.


Officer Lange has been investigated for misconduct five previous times since 2019. We demand that he be immediately fired or placed on administrative leave pending the results of a swift investigation into his actions. It is simply unacceptable to allow an officer with such a history of abuse to continue serving the residents of Minneapolis.

His actions were unwarranted, dangerous, and in direct violation of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Policy and Procedure Manual which states, “We, the members of the Minneapolis Police Department, are committed to doing all we can to protect and serve in a way that minimizes harm and risk to our community.”

This egregious incident further highlights a number of issues within MPD. According to Garrett Parten, a spokesperson for the department, Lange was working as an off-duty security guard at ALDI. When officers working off-duty security shifts abuse and arrest customers unnecessarily, it poses a number of risks to the safety of Minneapolis residents.

Additionally, Mayor Frey is requesting a 27 million dollar increase in funding for the Minneapolis police department, citing an increase in violent crime. Yet, multiple squads responded to a low-level incident that was caused by an officer’s violent and unnecessary response. This seems to be a tremendous waste of precious city resources in unwarranted situations.

“How can we justify increasing the Minneapolis police budget by millions of dollars when we have so many officers working off-duty shifts and on-duty officers responding to calls for non-violent residents? I want to see MPD use their available resources to actually serve the Minneapolis community before increasing their funding so significantly,” said Racial Justice Network member, Sonja Western.

We demand that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Arrandono take immediate disciplinary action against Officer Christopher Lange. We further demand that Lange be barred from working overtime at ALDI or any other location that serves residents of color in Minneapolis.

The Racial Justice Network (RJN) is a multi-racial, grassroots organization, committed to fighting for racial justice and building bridges across racial, social, and economic lines.