In 2013 State Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested for trespassing and booked at Hennepin County Jail “to prevent further criminal conduct,” according to an uncovered police report.
The arrest took place on January 18, 2013, following an event at the Minneapolis Convention Center featuring former Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The Somali president was booked in to stay the night at the Hotel Ivy, causing large groups of Somalis to follow the presidential convoy to the hotel, including Ilhan Omar.
According to the official police report, hotel staff requested police assistance to help to clear the lobby, making sure that anyone without a hotel room key was to leave the premises immediately. The officer handling the situation said the majority of people who were asked to leave were compliant. However, Ilhan Omar, when approached, was “argumentative” and refused to leave.
Since Omar refused to comply with orders, the police officer arrested her.
The officer reached for Omar’s left arm to get her to stand so she could be handcuffed, but she pulled away. The officer handcuffed her while she stayed seated in the hotel lobby chair.
“Omar was booked at [Hennepin County Jail] as I felt it was likely that she would fail to respond to a citation and she also demonstrated that she was going to continue her criminal behavior,” the officer wrote.
View Ilhan Omar’s Full Police Arrest Report For Trespassing below:
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