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Published On: Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012

Richard Jouppi, Minnesota police officer, punches drunk in wheelchair SHOCKING VIDEO

According to The Duluth News Tribune, Richard Jouppi has been placed on paid administrative leave while an independent prosecutor investigates a Sept. 21 altercation between Jouppi and Anthony Jon Jackson. Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken told the Tribune the department has asked for Jouppi to be charged with fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges.

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In the video, Jackson is asked by a staff member to remove his leather jacket. Jackson stands up and asks her, “Would you like me to throw it at you?” The woman replies, “Throw it at me, see what happens,” before Jackson sits back down, removing the jacket with help from Jouppi. Jouppi can then be seen holding to Jackson’s right wrist as Jackson argues with the staff member.

Jouppi’s attorney, Fredric Bruno, told the newspaper Sept. 28 that Jackson was “not a helpless guy in a wheelchair,” while admitting he had not seen the video.

“He had trashed his room in the public facility he was living in,” said Bruno, who works for the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Legal Defense Fund. “He was taken forcibly to detox and alluded to the fact that he had a .38 pistol and a .45 pistol. He punched Officer Jouppi, disorienting him. He was a subject being subdued. He’s (Jouppi) got some concerns about him. The guy (Jackson), at a minimum, should have a disorderly conduct at the facility, probably a terroristic threat against detox staff and probably a fourth-degree assault against Officer Jouppi. He’s not exactly a sympathetic character as he’s being portrayed.”

A felony assault charge against Jackson has been dropped.

WDIO-TV reported that Jouppi, who had previously served in St. Paul, Minnesota and Omaha, Nebraska, has five complaints on his personnel record, including one sustained complaint for telling a friend he was the subject of “an open, criminal sexual misconduct investigation” and telling him what kind of evidence police collect in those types of cases.

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