Duluth Police: "Jouppi Will Never Work for The City of Duluth Police Dept. Again"
Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 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. Chief Ramsay made the comment at a public hearing earlier Monday, standing in front of the department's command staff--an act of solidarity on behalf of the department's reasoning behind their disciplinary action. Chief Ramsay said he has watched the surveillance video that showed Jouppi repeatedly punching a 50-year-old intoxicated man in a wheelchair "no less than 40 times," and that the actions of Jouppi were not conducive to the values and ethics of the Duluth Police Dept. The surveillance video inside the detox center shows the confrontation between officer Richard Jouppi and a 50 year old man, in a wheelchair. After office Jouppi asks the intoxicated man to remove his jacket, the man apparently tries to strike the officer. That allegedly prompted Jouppi to punch back multiple times until the man and the wheelchair were knocked to the ground. 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.