"The Somali community has further been stigmatized by the actions of some officers in the raid,” said Mahad Yusuf, executive director of Midaynta Community Services.
Saeda Sidin Hersi remembered waking early to loud noises in her Dixon Rd. apartment.
“It was like a loud repetitive thunder. It reminded me of gunshots,” the 65-year-old woman recalled in a statement read by community member Fasia Duale.
Hersi called for her daughter. “Is the house under fire?” she asked.
“I didn’t have time to listen for her reply. I didn’t have time to think.”
Hersi sat nearby as her story was read, cameras pointed at her as she held her face in her hand.
The woman said she was pinned against the wall and held with rubber handcuffs, her lower half uncovered.
Ashamed, she begged the officer to cover her. She says she told him of her worrisome blood pressure.
“He responded with one word: ‘Die.’”