Possible Change of Venue in Jouppi Trial
Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- A Duluth Police officer, charged with assault for allegedly beating up a man at a detox center, could be tried outside St. Louis County. Video released by the Duluth Police Department shows Richard Jouppi repeatedly punching a 50-year-old man in September of 2012. Jouppi was supposed to have a pre-trial hearing Thursday, but the defenses request for a change of venue delayed that action. Members of the Native American community protested a change of venue saying it's important for the community to track this trial. "Me as a community member wish to see a fair and equal justice," said Fond du Lac Elder Skip Sandman. Jouppi is due back in court in February.