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Updated: 07/11/2013 4:14 PM
Created: 07/11/2013 12:46 PM | Print |  Email
By: Jennie Olson

VIDEO: Camera Captures Punch by Mpls. Officer at Bar

A former Minneapolis cop was sentenced Thursday, July 11, to more than three years in prison for punching a man at an Andover bar, causing the man severe brain damage.

Earlier, an Anoka County jury found David Richard Clifford guilty of three assault charges for injuring the 44-year-old man. Clifford, 48, was a Minneapolis police SWAT team leader.

Following the jury verdict, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said, “This is truly a tragic situation for everyone involved. The actions of David Clifford, although off-duty at the time of the altercation, are not consistent with our department core values and high standards."

Clifford punched the man, identified as Brian Vander Lee, on June 16, 2012, at Tanner's Station, 13655 Martin St. N.W.

The full story on Clifford's sentencing is available here.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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