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St. Paul City Council candidate tossed from Target Field threatens to sue Twins

David Martinez has entered the three-way race for the Ward 4 seat on the St. Paul City Council. Photo courtesy David Martinez

ST. PAUL—A day after being banned from the St. Paul Public Library system, St. Paul City Council candidate David Martinez was ejected from Target Field and banned from the ballpark for a year following a physical confrontation with security.

Martinez posted a seven-minute video of the July 6 incident at the Minneapolis baseball stadium to Youtube and, in a written feedback form to the team, has threatened to sue the Minnesota Twins.

In the video, Martinez can be seen and heard telling a Target Field security guard, "You're an (expletive) moron. You're an (expletive) idiot. ... Don't touch me. You're about to get smacked." He refuses to leave the baseball stadium despite repeated requests.

Martinez on Wednesday said he was asked to leave the stadium after jumping back and forth over a railing separating his seating area from a bar and concessions stands.

"Wouldn't a warning have sufficed? ... It kind of feels like a conspiracy," said Martinez in a brief interview with a reporter, noting that the encounter with security left him bruised and scratched. "It feels like someone or something is trying to tell me to go away."

About five minutes into the video, multiple security guards attempt to remove him from his seat, but Martinez grabs onto his chair and refuses to move. He then lunges his body into a guard, causing the guard to fall into the stands in a dog pile.

Two Minneapolis police officers arrive at the same time and help to restrain and remove him, which takes several minutes.

Minneapolis police issued him a "no trespass" order and banned him from the stadium for a year.

Martinez later sent Twins management an online feedback form, which he copied in an email to more than 40 Latino professionals. In the email, he said he attended the Twins-Baltimore Orioles game last Friday, and one of his friends asked if he could deliver a message to an acquaintance who was in the bar area near where they were sitting.

The email goes on to say:

"I ran over to deliver the message, jumped over the railing, and got the message to our friend. As I was making my way back to my seat, one of the ushers informed me that I cannot jump the railing. So, I walked up the stairs and back down to my seat. I informed the usher that I was not aware of that 'rule' and that it wouldn't happen again."

"Approximately 5 minutes later, I was surrounded by Target Field security (see attached video). I was 'manhandled,' bruised and scratched by the 5 or 6 individuals who literally grabbed me and kicked me out of the stadium. To add insult to injury, the Minneapolis Police were called and I was issued a TRESPASSING citation and was banned from Target Field for 1 year!"

"...I am in the process of securing legal representation to press charges against the Minnesota Twins organization and the security team/company."

Martinez had an encounter with St. Paul Police a day earlier, when he was arrested at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul after swearing at library security and two librarians.

He was handcuffed and placed in a squad car before being released at the scene. Martinez said this week he had been sticking up for a teenager he felt was being ejected from the library without cause.

The library system banned him for a month.

Martinez, a resident of St. Paul's Hamline-Midway neighborhood, will appear on the Aug. 14 ballot for the Ward 4 seat on the city council.

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