Brooklyn Park man charged in beating of police officer

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Brooklyn Park man was charged with first-degree assault in the severe beating of a police officer, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

Lance Cedric Carr, 25, is expected to make his first appearance Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, early Sunday morning a Brooklyn Park Police officer was sent to some townhouses to check out a complaint of loud noise from a parked car. When the officer arrived, he learned that Carr, the only person in the car, had a warrant for his arrest.

The officer had Carr step out of the vehicle to take him into custody. While Carr was faced away from the officer with his hands behind his back, Carr suddenly turned and threw a punch. The punch missed but Carr grabbed the officer and they both fell to the ground. The squad car camera recorded Carr landing numerous punches and elbows to the officer’s head. Carr also used a choke hold on the officer and then appeared to go for his gun. The gun did discharge, but no one was hit by the bullet, the complaint stated.

Other officers arrived and they used a taser to subdue and handcuff Carr. The officer helped with the arrest, then collapsed to the ground and was taken away by paramedics on a stretcher, according to the complaint. 

Carr criminal complaint