Death of Khalil Azad: Students join family in protest questioning police narrative
Student activists and the family of Khalil Ahmad Azad, who was found dead two days after an encounter with the Robbinsdale Police Department last summer, held a rally in downtown Minneapolis Monday questioning the circumstances of his death and calling for the release of body cam footage and an independent investigation.
Azad, 24, was found on the shoreline of Crystal Lake in July 2022, two days after allegedly fleeing from Robbinsdale police when he was pulled over for suspected DWI.
The Robbinsdale police claim at 1:27 a.m. on July 3, 2022, officers attempted to pull Azad over on the 4200 block of County Road 81, and he took off with a male and female passenger in the car. According to police, officers pursued, and Azad lost control of the vehicle, hit a curb and a tree, and then fled on foot. Police say after Azad fled on foot, and no officer or police dog had any contact with him.
Activists and the family point to photos of the decomposed body that have been widely circled on social media. They believe the photos show dog bites and other injuries on Azad’s body that police have inflicted.