Public Safety

Family, witnesses react to Cottage Grove police beating

COTTAGE GROVE – Alexander “Alex” Harrelson, 28, has lived in Cottage Grove his whole life. He’s been homeless on-and-off for 10 years – and an addict for longer. He has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and autism. On Sept. 1, a downtown business’ video surveillance system captured Harrelson holding his hands above his head before being beaten by Cottage Grove police officers. He lost two teeth. 

“His face looked like raw meat,” said Duane Raley, a Cottage Grove resident who witnessed the incident.

Cottage Grove Police officials released a statement following the event that . . .

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