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Duluth: Officer Richard Jouppi strikes intoxicated Anthony Jackson in wheelchair at detox center

Discussion in 'Worst of the Worst' started by M, Oct 2, 2012.

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    Perp: Richard Jouppi

    Victim: Anthony Jackson

    Department: Duluth Police Department, Duluth, Minnesota


    Fox 21 Online: Duluth P.D. Puts Officer on Leave After Alleged On-Duty Assault (Sept 27 2012)

    Administration in the Duluth Police Department accuses one of their own officers of assault after following up on a complaint received on Monday morning. During his Friday shifts last week, two year veteran of the force Richard Jouppi allegedly split a man's forehead open during a fight inside the Duluth Detoxification Center. Patrol Division Deputy Chief Mike Tusken also says the department has video evidence of the exchange from a security camera. The video shows 50-year-old Anthony Jackson hitting Officer Jouppi once followed by Jouppi punching back multiple times, Tusken said.
    Fox 21 Online: Now Online, Alleged Police Assault Video Spreads Beyond Duluth

    A four minute video clip released by authorities on Friday afternoon has received thousands of hits online and is gaining national exposure for showing an exchange involving Duluth police officer Richard Jouppi. Jouppi's attorney says his client has yet to be charged for what happened in that video - taken by security cameras on September 21. 50-year-old Anthony Jackson, the man seen in the wheelchair in the video, had his felony assault charge for striking a police officer dropped on Friday. Police report show that the actions taken by officer Jouppi at the Duluth Detoxification Center was the culmination of the night started at San Marco's apartments (a building reserved for the city's homeless and chronic alcoholics). Jackson allegedly assaulted two people before police were called ... "I was shocked. You know, that's not supposed to happen. [it was] Somebody in a wheelchair. He was drunk but so what," Lutz said ...

    WDIO: Duluth Police: Complaint Against Officer 'Isn't the First' (Sept 27 2012)

    Deputy Chief Mike Tusken told Eyewitness News this isn’t the first complaint against the officer. Tusken said officer Richard Jouppi has been with the department for two years. He said prior to coming to the Duluth Police Department, Jouppi worked with departments in St. Paul, and Omaha, Nebraska.

    WDIO: Duluth Officer has History of Complaints (Sept 28 2012)

    During a news conference on Thursday evening, Duluth Police Deputy Chief Mike Tusken said that [Richard] Jouppi had been placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. The Duluth Police Department also recommended that Jouppi be charged with 5th Degree Assault. Complaints are not isolated with Jouppi; the officer has five complaints on his personnel record, with one complaint sustained.

    WDIO: Duluth Officer Investigated: Surveillance Video (Sept 28 2012)

    The Duluth Police Department released this surveillance footage, which was recorded on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth. Officer Richard Jouppi is expected to be charged with fifth-degree assault following this incident.

    Superior Telegram: Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken at news conference [Photo] (Sept 27 2012)

    Duluth Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Mike Tusken pauses while reading a written statement announcing the investigation of an alleged assault by Officer Richard Jouppi against an intoxicated and belligerent man at the detox center Friday evening. Jouppi is on administrative leave pending results of the investigation.

    KDAL 610: Duluth Police Officer on Administrative Leave (Sept 28 2012)

    At a Press Conference last night Duluth Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken said one of their own was now on administrative leave while the department investigates a charge of excessive force. Officer Richard Jouppi and another squad were dropping off a fifty year old Duluth man at Detox when he attacked Jouppi and hit him in the face. Jouppi struck back several times before the man was subdued. Making matters worse, the intoxicated man was in a wheelchair.

    Superior Telegram: Detox incident sequence (Sept 28 2012)

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    A sequence of images from a video released by the Duluth Police Department shows the interaction Sept. 21 between Officer Richard Jouppi and Anthony Jon Jackson at the Duluth Detoxification Center. The top frame shows Jackson striking Jouppi. The middle frame shows Jouppi punching Jackson in the face. The bottom frame shows Jouppi dragging Jackson out of his chair. Duluth Police Department images

    Duluth News Tribune: Duluth police officer accused of assaulting man in wheelchair (with video) (Sept 28 2012)

    The Duluth Police Department will request assault charges be brought against one of its own officers for striking an intoxicated man in a wheelchair multiple times last Friday at the Duluth Detoxification Center after the man first struck the officer. Officer Richard Jouppi, a two-year member of the department with prior police experience in Omaha and St. Paul, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by his own department ... Tusken said the department will seek fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges against Jouppi.

    Pioneer Press: Duluth police officer accused of striking intoxicated man in wheelchair (Sept 28 2012)

    The Duluth Police Department will request assault charges be brought against one of its own officers for striking an intoxicated man in a wheelchair multiple times last Friday at the Duluth Detoxification Center after the man first struck the officer. Officer Richard Jouppi, a two-year member of the department with prior police experience in Omaha and St. Paul, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by his own department. Mike Tusken and Robin Roeser, deputy police chiefs of the patrol and administrative divisions, respectively, faced the media in a 7 p.m. Thursday news conference at police headquarters on Arlington Road. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is out of the country ... Tusken said Anthony Jon Jackson, 50, of Duluth first struck Jouppi in the face at the detox center. Jouppi responded with multiple blows and reopened an existing head wound that Jackson had. Tusken said this is not the first time there has been a complaint brought against Jouppi.

    Northlands News Center: Surveillance Video of Alleged Officer Assault (Sept 28 2012)

    Duluth Police released surveillance video on Friday of an alleged assault that took place between Officer Richard Jouppi and a 50-year-old wheelchair bound man. The incident happened Friday, September 21st at detox.

    MSNBC / Today: Surveillance Video of Alleged Officer Assault (Sept 28 2012)

    Duluth Police released surveillance video on Friday of an alleged assault that took place between Officer Richard Jouppi and a 50-year-old wheelchair bound man. The incident happened Friday, September 21st at detox. The 34-year-old officer of two years has been placed on paid administrative leave. The department is looking to file 5th degree assault charges in the incident. The alleged assault isn't the first complaint against the officer.

    KDWZ: Duluth Police Officer on Administrative Leave (Sept 28 2012)

    Duluth Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken said one of their own was now on administrative leave while the department investigates a charge of excessive force. Officer Richard Jouppi and another squad were dropping off a fifty year old Duluth man at Detox when he attacked Jouppi and hit him in the face. Jouppi struck back several times before the man was subdued. Making matters worse, the intoxicated man was in a wheelchair.

    KARE 11: Duluth police officer faces assault charges [Video] (undated)

    Duluth police officer Richard Jouppi is expected to be charged with 5th degree assault after hitting an intoxicated man several times.

    Includes two embedded videos & a link to a third ...

    LiveLeak: Video of Alleged Officer Assault in Minnesota from man in wheel chair (Sept 29 2012)

    Duluth Police released surveillance video on Friday of an alleged assault that took place between Officer Richard Jouppi and a 50-year-old wheelchair bound man.
    The incident happened Friday, September 21st at detox.
    The 34-year-old officer of two years has been placed on paid administrative leave. The department is looking to file 5th degree assault charges in the incident.
    The alleged assault isn't the first complaint against the officer.
    Duluth Police say in March, Jouppi discussed details of an open investigation with a suspect. Police say he never notified the department that he was talking to the suspect or that he knew where the suspect was located. When ordered to sign a statement under the Garrity Warning, Police say he left the statement intentionally incomplete.

    KARE 11: Duluth police officer faces possible assault charges (Oct 1 2012)

    Officer Richard Jouppi has been a member of the department for two years. He is expected to be charged with 5th degree assault after hitting an intoxicated man several times on September 21.
    Opposing Views: Video: Police Officer Richard Jouppi Punches Anthony Jon Jackson in Wheelchair (Oct 1 2012)

    The video shows Jackson asked by a female police staff member to remove his leather jacket. Jackson stands up and asks her, “Would you like me to throw it at you?”

    The female staff member says: "Throw it at me, see what happens."

    Jackson sits down and starts removing the jacket with help from Officer Jouppi. Moments later, Jackson grabs at Officer Jouppi’s face, who punches Jackson five times.

    When the female staff member steps toward Jackson, Officer Jouppi tells her: "Shut up, back up, or I’ll arrest you, too. You don’t think people in a wheelchair can assault people? Turns out he just did."

    Officer Jouppi already has five complaints on his personnel record, according to WDIO-TV. The charges against Jackson were dropped.


    Raw Story: Minnesota cop caught punching drunk 50-year-old man on wheelchair (Oct 1 2012)

    Jouppi can then be seen punching Jackson five times before throwing him to the ground. When the woman steps toward him, Jouppi tells her, “Shut up, back up, or I’ll arrest you, too. You don’t think people in a wheelchair can assault people? Turns out he just did.”

    In his report, Jouppi notes that he flipped Jackson’s wheelchair over to put him on the ground, but there is at least one discrepancy — he says he threw two punches to Jackson’s face, “as it was the only target presented to me at the time.”

    A second, unidentified officer can be seen in the video. She makes no move to stop Jouppi as he hits Jackson, but helps put him back in the wheelchair.


    Hopefully she will identified and disciplined as well. Cops who stand idly by while other cops abuse people are every bit a part of the problem.

    CopBlock: Duluth Police Officer Shown Assaulting a Wheelchair-Bound Man at a Detox Center (Oct 1 2012)

    Notice that in the video Richard Jouppi assaults Anthony Jackson by twisting the his arm behind his head before Anthony swats at him. Clearly Richard Jouppi initiated the physical encounter and then used an uncalled for amount of force when punching and knocking Anthony out of his wheelchair when Anthony reacted to being assaulted.
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    City Pages: Duluth officer Richard Jouppi brutally beat a drunk man in a wheelchair [VIDEO] (Oct 2 2012)

    Jouppi's victim, 50-year-old Anthony Jackson of Duluth, was originally charged with felony assault for reaching up and clawing at Jouppi just before the officer unloaded a flurry of punches to his face. But that charge was dropped after the St. Louis County Attorney's office reviewed footage of the altercation, which you can see for yourself below ...

    The Tribune reports that if criminal charges are indeed filed against Jouppi, it will likely cost him his job. In March, Jouppi signed a "Final and Last Chance Agreement," which stipulates: "Any future acts or omissions which violate public trust and/or violate (police policy) will be deemed an act of gross insubordination justifying termination."

    Northlands News Center: Duluth Police Officer Charged in Alleged Assault (Oct 4 2012)

    Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi has been formally charged following an investigation into alleged excessive use of force. Special Prosecuting Attorney Reed notified Duluth Police that Jouppi had been charged with Misdemeanor Assault in the 5th Degree and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct for his actions on Friday, September 21st at the Duluth Detoxification Center.

    CBS Local Minnesota: Officer Charged After Video Of Fight With Man In Wheelchair (Oct 4 2012)

    Officer Richard Jouppi, 34, was charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct after an investigation into the events of Sept. 21, the Duluth Police Department said ... The police department responded to the video by putting Jouppi on administrative leave for alleged use of excessive force. It was the fifth complaint filed against Jouppi during the two years he has been with Duluth Police. Jouppi had just signed a “last chance” agreement with Duluth Police.

    CNN: Minnesota police officer facing charges for hitting man in detox (Oct 4 2012)

    A Duluth, Minnesota, police officer will face criminal charges for, as a video shows, beating up a man in a detox facility last month, the city's police department said Thursday. Shawn Reed, the independent counsel looking into the case, decided Thursday to press charges against Officer Richard Jouppi, according to a news release from Duluth police. Jouppi will face counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

    KARE 11: Duluth police officer faces assault charge (Oct 5 2012)

    A Duluth police officer has been formally charged after an incident at the detox center last month. Officer Richard Jouppi was charged on Thursday with fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor disorderly conduct after hitting an intoxicated man several times on Sept. 21, according to a special prosecutor ... Jouppi was disciplined once before for interfering with an investigation.​

    Northlands News Center: Duluth Police: "Jouppi Will Never Work for The City of Duluth Police Dept. Again" (Oct 15 2012)

    Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says he has done everything legally possible to ensure that Richard Jouppi, a police officer charged with 5th degree assault, will never work for the City Department again.

    ...

    While the department's internal investigation has concluded, according to Chief Ramsay, but the department's obligations under data practices in the Police Union contract keep Ramsay from releasing information on Jouppi's current status with the department. Chief Ramsay says this information won't be released until the final disposition of discipline has been determined, which could take months.

    In a Final and Last Chance Agreement filed in March of 2012, Jouppi is also cited for providing confidential information about a pending case to the suspect, discussing the case to which he was not assigned, and intentionally providing an incomplete statement to authorities.

    Duluth News Tribune: Duluth police chief: Accused officer should go (Oct 16 2012)

    Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department has done everything in its power to keep Richard Jouppi from ever again working as a police officer in the city.

    KDAL 610: Jouppi Has To Go (Oct 16 2012)

    A failed Duluth police officer is most likely out of a job. Yesterday at a press conference Police Chief Gordon Ramsey said his department had done everything it can to make sure that thirty-five year old officer Richard Jouppi never wears a badge in town again.

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