Victim in Duluth detox incident speaks out for the first time

By KBJR News 1

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 11:42 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) - Friends, family and strangers filled the Central Hillside Community Center on Wednesday to hear from the man involved in the altercation with a Duluth police officer at the detox center in September 2012.

Tony Jackson says the incident has changed the way he looks at law enforcement and hopes people will continue to seek truth in all situations.

You'll remember the video from September 2012, when Duluth Police Officer Richard Jouppi is seen striking Jackson multiple times after Jackson apparently tries to strike the officer.

Jouppi responded by punching Jackson, multiple times, until his wheelchair was knocked to the ground.

On Wednesday, Jackson expressed his frustration with the trial and the verdict of Richard Jouppi, saying justice was not served.

Jackson, who is confined to a wheelchair with scoliosis, wasn't able to testify at the trial last year because he was hospitalized with medical problems.

Jackson says he hopes for a brighter future for the next generation of people and police officers.

"It upset me very much. It made me look at the later years, that are yet to come for my kids and growing up and my grandkids, but hey I don't know what it's going to be like, in the next life and the next generation," said Jackson.

Jouppi was acquitted on charges of misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct in November of 2013.

Jackson said he and his legal team are looking at other options of justice.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, who was at the meeting, answered questions about the hiring process and background checks on officers, with the hopes that something like this doesn't happen again.

Chief Ramsay has said he will do everything in his control to prevent Jouppi from getting back with the department.

Written for the web by Jeremy Brickley
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