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KTSP reported in July 2016:

According to a Minneapolis police report, between 20 and 30 young men showed up in front of a woman's house about 9:30 in the morning and "the comments turned to threats."

"They were screaming at the house that they were going to kidnap you and they were going to rape you," one Minneapolis resident told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "It was a very traumatizing experience."

The report indicates that these young men were driving onto the sidewalk and on the lawn, all while shooting off bottle rockets and screaming.

The video indicates the men are Somalian but the web article didn't print that detail.

Is it true that Somalian men threatened to rape a Lake Calhoun resident?

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A copy of the police report may be requested using this link:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/records/WCMS1P-148183

Control number: MP-16-234983

Date: 28 June 2016

(as @rougon is saying in comments below, no one has been convicted of a crime in connection to the above alleged events)

The police report says:

The males reminded her that it was legal to kidnap and rape her

and the police officer acknowledged in the police report seeing video evidence of "approximately 10 Somali males acting rowdy".

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    Sorry, but is there any corroborating information other than her testimony? – rougon Feb 1 '17 at 13:26
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    The question asked if it was true. These are all indirect eye-witness claims. I have not seen any evidence that any of the alleged men were found or if the story itself was corroborated, only investigated. It seems to jump the gun a little to claim that the event in question happened, especially the way that it is described here. – rougon Feb 1 '17 at 13:46
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    I'm sorry if I'm being too skeptical here, but this country has a pretty wretched history of falsely accusing minorities of rape. – rougon Feb 1 '17 at 14:09
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    The issue for me--for a skeptics SE--is that your answer (and defense) seems to have no problem assuming that b/c a few people provided testimony (not in court), then it happened. That doesn't seem convincing. Similar things have happened in my life too, but that doesn't make every instance true. All I'm suggesting is a bit more awareness of contingency in your answer. Or do you think that's not warranted? – rougon Feb 1 '17 at 14:36
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    @Kdog To be clear, I'm not saying it didn't. But hundreds--if not thousands--of men have been lynched in this country's history because of false rape and harassment claims. Not to mention that reportedly was part of Dylann Roof's reasons for his mass murder in a black church. So I think a little caution is useful, especially as Somali immigrants (as we have seen in other questions) are a contentious topic. – rougon Feb 1 '17 at 15:50

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