Christopher Lollie was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing legal process in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The incident occurred in January 2014 when Lollie was sitting in the skyway where he was waiting to pick up his kids at New Horizons Academy. A security guard tried to kick him out of the First National Bank lounge in St. Paul, Minnesota. He argued that he was waiting in a public place and that it was his right to sit there. He also argued that there were no signs that said it was a private lounge in the skyway. Police alleged that he was uncooperative, loud, and declining to identify himself. Officers approached him and demanded to know his name. Lollie refused to answer their questions and adamantly denied any wrongdoing. Even though Lollie left the lounge as requested, he was still charged with Obstructing Legal Process. Lollie was trying to handle the situation respectfully and kept asking them not to taze him. He can also be heard asking for help in the video. Officers ended up tazing and arresting him. He was arrested in front of at least 30 children at his daughter’s daycare. In Minnesota, Obstructing Legal Process is often charged if a person physically interferes with a police officer trying to arrest another person, or if a person fails to obey a lawful order from police.
Lollie was able to record the entire encounter and the video has made public news. The video has now gone viral. The charges against Lollie were later dismissed. However, he intends to file a federal lawsuit against the St. Paul police department for the incident. He believes he was wrongfully seized because of his race. St. Paul mayor, Chris Coleman, has requested a full review of the case.
If you have been charged with a crime and believe you have been wrongfully searched and seized, contact Keller Law Offices. Trespassing, disorderly conduct, and obstructing legal process are all serious offenses. A skilled Minnesota defense attorney can look at all of the facts in the case to determine if you were properly searched and seized. Max Keller is an aggressive Minnesota criminal defense attorney and offers a free consultation. Call 952-913-1421 today.