Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi fired

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi fired

June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi has officially been fired from the Duluth Police Department.

Jouppi was acquitted in November on charges of assault and disorderly conduct after being accused of beating a man in a wheelchair at a Duluth detox center.

The Duluth Police Union has now dropped it's grievance regarding disciplinary action taken by the City of Duluth against Jouppi.

Disciplinary documents recently released show Jouppi was on a last chance agreement with the Police Department as of March of 2012, just six months before the incident at the detox center. That agreement was good for three years, and stated that any further policy violations against Jouppi during that time could lead to his termination.

The disciplinary documents reveal that he violated public trust by interfering with and intentionally withholding important information in a criminal sexual assault case against a friend of his.

According to reports, Jouppi did not alert investigators of the suspects location or a way to contact the suspect. He also provided confidential information about the case to the suspect. Jouppi admitted to the allegations and prevented the police department from gathering evidence critical to the investigation and prosecution of the suspect.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay spoke out against Jouppi's actions at the Duluth Detox Center in 2012 saying he had done everything legally possible to ensure that Jouppi would never work for the Police Department.

The surveillance video inside the detox center shows the confrontation between officer Richard Jouppi and a 50 year old man, in a wheelchair.

After Officer 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.

Chief Ramsay issued a statement Friday about the Jouppi's firing saying:

"Richard Jouppi's actions were not consistent with department training or policy; bringing discredit to our department and detracting from the excellent work our police officers do on a daily basis. Ultimately he was afforded his due process and this is a fair and just outcome.Myself and members of the Duluth Police Department believe community relationships are of the utmost importance and we are dedicated to working closely with our community members to continue to build, trust, respect and support."

According to Assistant City Attorney Steven Hanke, Jouppi was not offered any settlement agreements or severance payments.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com

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