Five men involved in a water balloon and squirt gun attack on a Pedal Pub in downtown Minneapolis are due in court Thursday morning.
Six off-duty Burnsville police officers were riding the Pedal Pub that was targeted at the intersection of 1st Avenue and 4th Street on the evening of May 23. The officers detained the men until uniformed Minneapolis police officers arrived and arrested them.
The group is facing charges for assault and disorderly conduct, but some of the men who were restrained claim the off-duty officers were unnecessarily rough. The aftermath of the water fight was captured on cell phone video.
"Do you understand me? I will break your arm," can be heard in the one minute long video. "Stay the f--- on the ground, do you hear me? Do not move. You better leave f-----."
The video also shows one of the water-wielding suspects, Francis Belanger, pinned to the ground.
"He had his neck on my throat and proceeded to get it off me because I couldn't breathe," Belanger told Fox 9.
Another suspect, Kurtis Johnson was also restrained.
"And at one point they tried to kick this (referring to a water gun he had connected to a rope) away from me, while it was still around my neck," Johnson said.
The driver of the Pedal Pub said she was distracted and annoyed after being shot multiple times with water guns, and even hit with water balloons. She said she has no problem with the way the off-duty police officers responded.