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UPDATE: Cop Charged for Hitting Man in Wheelchair

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Friday, October 5 Update

A Duluth police officer seen on a surveillance video hitting a man in a wheel chair is now charged with two misdemeanors.  A special prosecutor charged Officer Richard Jouppi with 5th degree assault and disorderly conduct Thursday.

The charges come after a September 21 incident at the Duluth detox center was captured on surveillance video. The video shows Jouppi hitting Anthony Jackson in a wheelchair several times after Jackson takes a swing at Jouppi. Jackson is pulled out of his wheelchair during the incident.

Defense attorney Fred Bruno says 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.

Original Story

A Minnesota police officer will likely face charges of excessive force after surveillance video shows him punching a suspect in a wheelchair.

The just-released video show Duluth police officer Richard Jouppi hitting an intoxicated man several times on September 21. The video was shot at a local detox center after police picked up the man for fighting and drunkenness.

On the tape you see the suspect, 50-year-old Tony Jackson take a swing at officer Jouppi. It's at that point, officer Jouppi responds with what the Duluth Police Department calls behavior that "violates our policies and procedures."

Officer Jouppi has been with the department for two years and was disciplined once before for interfering with an investigation.

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