Officer charged for assaulting Indian man who uses wheelchair
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A police officer in Duluth, Minnesota, faces misdemeanor assault charges for punching an Indian man who uses a wheelchair.
Police video shows officer Richard Jouppi, 35, hitting Anthony Jon Jackson in the face and throwing him to the floor of a detoxification center. The September 21 incident warrants harsher charges, Indian leaders said at a protest yesterday.
"We, the indigenous native community, demand that Jouppi’s charges be increased to a felony level, inflicting great bodily harm on a vulnerable adult," said Ricky DeFoe of the Duluth American Indian Commission
, The Duluth News Tribune reported.
Jouppi was charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He has been placed on administrative leave.
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