Special City Council meeting to focus on Jouppi grievance

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Special City Council meeting to focus on Jouppi grievance

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The embattled Duluth Police officer, acquitted of assault charges, will be the focus of a Duluth City Council discussion Thursday,

City Council President Patrick Boyle said Wednesday a special committee of the whole meeting will look at the police department arbitration proceedings involving Richard Jouppi.

Jouppi was recently acquitted on charges of assault and disorderly conduct related to him punching a man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detox Center in September of 20-12.

The Duluth Police Union has confirmed it is actively representing Jouppi during the grievance process.

Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been vocal about his disapproval of Jouppi's conduct, releasing a statement on Facebook right after the acquittal.

He said he would do everything in his power to make sure Jouppi never works for the police department in Duluth again.

Attorneys in the case are requesting a closed door meeting which will have to be put up for a vote by the committee.

The meeting is expected to start at 6 p.m at Duluth City Hall.

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