Students await word on probe into police





MINNESOTA -- The Minnesota Daily is still waiting for answers to a complaint it filed with the Minneapolis Police Department following a riot in April.

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\n Four student journalists -- three photographers and a reporter -- were covering the NCAA hockey championships in Minneapolis and the riot that ensued after the University of Minnesota won. According to reports in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, 150 to 200 people took to the streets after the game, setting fires, throwing rocks and damaging property.

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\n The student journalists found themselves in the middle of the fray and said they became targets of the police. One reporter said she was hit with a riot stick after being sprayed with a chemical irritant.

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\n Daily editor Todd Milbourn said the complaint is under investigation, and that members of his staff provided depositions about the events that occurred at the riot.

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\n The paper filed the complaint alleging officers had used excessive force after former editor Mike Wereschagin met with the Minneapolis mayor and police chief.


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