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benjamin melançon

Two police SUVs were parked on our street, and the Minneapolis police officers were interrogating four young black men, almost certainly teenagers, with at least two of them *handcuffed behind their backs*, and the police had them sitting on the curb, with the ants (trust me— there are a lot of ants). After talking to them forever, pointing flashlights in their faces, and running at least one license, the police let the boys go.

Is there anything i could have done, should have done? Walked up and said "What seems to be the problem, officer?" Recorded the scene? Mentioned during the detention, or only after the police left, that there might be a case against the police for using excessive force in putting on handcuffs at all without sufficient cause (seriousness of crime, resistance or risk of flight are mentioned in http://www.patc.com/weeklyarticles/handcuffing-excessive-force.shtml for instance)?