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Burnsville Officer Resigns after Testifying in Trial for Protester Shooting Case

Twenty-four-year-old Allen Scarsella Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Twenty-four-year-old Allen Scarsella

January 27, 2017 11:11 AM

A Burnsville police officer who testified in the trial of a man accused of firing shots at protesters in Minneapolis has resigned.

According to the Burnsville Police Department, Officer Brett Levin resigned Thursday. He was originally hired in May 2016.

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Levin stepped down just days after he admitted in court to exchanging racist messages with 24-year-old Allen Scarsella the night of a shooting involving protesters in Minneapolis.

Scarsella has been charged with riot and assault in connection with the shooting of five men participating in the Minneapolis 4th Precinct protests in 2015 following the shooting death of Jamar Clark.

Levin was a Mankato police officer at the time and a friend of Scarsella. Levin testified he urged Scarsella to turn himself in when Scarsella called him.

Levin also testified he frequently received "racially charged" emails from Scarsella that were "negative about black people." He said he replied to Scarsella with similar texts.

Testimony in Scarsella's trial was expected to resume Friday after prosecutors rested their case Thursday.

RELATED: Prosecutors Rest Case in Protester Shooting Case

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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