Off-duty cop probed for citizen's arrest

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A Minneapolis police officer is under internal investigation for forcing two boys into his car while he was off duty, authorities say.

Tony Adams, 42, has been charged with felony false imprisonment and placed on paid administrative leave in connection with an incident that occurred in August, The Minneapolis Tribune reports.


Adams, a 20-year veteran of the department, picked up the 12- and 13-year-old boys and placed them under citizen's arrest after neighbors told him the pair might be breaking into cars in the area.

His attorney, Chris Madel, said Tuesday that Adams was doing what any cop would have done if alerted to trouble in his neighborhood.

"At issue wasn't so much that he was an off-duty officer," said Lee Martie, assistant Wright County attorney. "The issue was if he had the authority to make a citizen's arrest."

Parents of one of the boys say their son was traumatized by the arrest.

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