Duluth Police Officer Charged in Detox Hitting
A Duluth police officer seen hitting a man on a surveillance video is now charged with two misdemeanors.
A special prosecuting attorney on Thursday charged Officer Richard Jouppi with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
WDIO-TV reports the charges come after a Sept. 21 incident at the Duluth Detoxification Center was captured on surveillance video.
The video shows Jouppi hitting Anthony Jackson several times after Jackson strikes at Jouppi. Jackson is pulled out of his wheelchair during the incident.
Defense attorney Fred Bruno tells The Associated Press Jouppi will plead not guilty. Bruno says the charges are not surprising, given that police released the video.
Jouppi has been with the Duluth Police Department for two years. He remains on paid administrative leave.
A court date has not been set.
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