Framed!

On April 18, 2007, a bomb threat was found in a classroom building on the East Bank of the U of MN. Source: MPR.

I Was Framed!

Approximately 2pm, I received a knock at my door. It was the Minneapolis Police; when I opened the door, they pinned me up against the wall. They searched my apartment, and asked me to print out emails I had recently sent. I cooperated fully. It’s what I do.

The MPD were going to take me to Hennepin Counting Medical Center. I told them I had a psych chart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, so the officer took me there. In the ER, about when the psychiatrist arrived, the police took me again and sat OUTSIDE the jail building downtown Minneapolis until the FBI picked me up. The FBI was accompanied by a UMPD officer. Together, they took me to the Transportation and Safety Building, which is home to UMPD. They put me in the single holding cell. I sat there for a long while. Then I was taken into a questioning room. I was questioned by the FBI agent with the UMPD officer supervising my care. I went back to the holding cell, then was questioned a second time. They felt that the emails I had sent prompted them to believe that I had made the bomb threat. This was not the case; at the time the bomb threat was found, I was home, taking a nap with my cat. About 10pm, the questioning was finished, and I was taken to HCMC Crisis Center and put on a psych bed. They admitted me on a three day hold, then put me on a 3-week hold pending a mental health court hearing. I left the hospital after three weeks with a diagnosis for bipolar disorder with psychiatric features.

I was framed! I had nothing to do with the bomb threat (HONEST!), yet that was the basis for my psychiatric hold. I felt they needed a scapegoat—a person of interest—to fall back on. Defeasibility. It was someone else’s fault. A “cover-up”. Reactive image management. My counterclaim was that I was not on campus for a month prior to the bomb threat, and the emails that MPD received from me were not related to the incident on campus.

The U is a big place. Proactive image management is critical.