Duluth Police Officer Shown Assaulting a Wheelchair-Bound Man at a Detox Center

Published On October 1, 2012 | By CopBlock | Articles, Videos

This video was taken on September 21, 2012 at the Duluth Detoxification Center. It shows an altercation between Officer Richard Jouppi and 50-year-old Anthony Jackson.

Notice that in the video Richard Jouppi assaults Anthony Jackson by twisting the his arm behind his head before Anthony swats at him. Clearly Richard Jouppi initiated the physical encounter and then used an uncalled for amount of force when punching and knocking Anthony out of his wheelchair when Anthony reacted to being assaulted.

Information Liberation shared the following in regards to the incident:

Duluth Police officer Richard Jouppi, 34, was caught on video decking a 50-year-old intoxicated wheelchair-bound man repeatedly in the face. The man who was taken into a detox center was being ordered to take his jacket off, he mouthed off about throwing his jacket at a female bookkeeper. When he went to take his jacket off the cop placed his hands on the man, as the cop used progressively more force, the man eventually swatted at the cop’s face, the cop responded by unleashing a torrent of entirely disproportionate blows on the wheelchair-bound man’s face.

The bookkeeper, who was completely shocked, almost intervened in a Regina Tasca-esque moment stepping towards the cop and saying, “Dude!”

The cop immediately responded saying, “Shut up! Back up! I’ll arrest you too!”

After the shocked bookkeeper backed off, the cop scolded her saying, “You don’t think people in a wheelchair can assault people?”

“Yeah, but..”

“Turns out he just did.”

It also “turns out” the cop has a history of complaints against him, and he had just signed a “last chance” agreement after he was caught tipping off a friend he was being investigated for criminal sexual misconduct.

The cop may reportedly face misdemeanor assault charges in relation to this incident. His lawyer has responded by attacking the wheelchair-bound man’s character.

“This is not a helpless guy in a wheelchair,” [Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Legal Defense Fund attorney Fredric Bruno] said of Jackson on Friday. “He had trashed his room in the public facility he was living in. He was taken forcibly to detox and alluded to the fact that he had a .38 pistol and a .45 pistol. He punched Officer Jouppi, disorienting him. He was a subject being subdued. He’s (Jouppi) got some concerns about him. The guy (Jackson), at a minimum, should have a disorderly conduct at the facility, probably a terroristic threat against detox staff and probably a fourth-degree assault against Officer Jouppi. He’s not exactly a sympathetic character as he’s being portrayed.”

Watch the video and judge for yourself who was acting “terroristic.”

 

 

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  • Dan

    What was I suppose to look for, all I see is some drunken bum wasting my tax dollars because he can’t handle his liquor, then I see the state paying the bill (tax money) to sober him up, for what,,,so he can do it again, am I missing something?

  • enslave keene

    All kinds of kudos to this cop on many fronts…

    #1. 1st the verbal threat against the ultra libtard wingbat with not enough sense to act in her own self intrest. So the cop removes the jacket to ensure she doesnt get hit with it.

    #2. For taking the maniac out for assaulting the cop while doing his sworn duty to protect the innocent (The afore mentioned libtard wingbat).

    #3. For threatining arrest again of libtard wingbat for possibly esculating the threat not only to her but to the officer protecting her.

    #4. For the officer making the obvious interogative statement to wingbat about the ability for the poor disabled people in a wheelchair not being able to assault someone, AND THEN pointing out that he did just that.

    Crazy Kudos to the cop in this video, crazy kudos!!

  • enslave keene

    Cops with badges and video have extra protection..

    As always, good job, DPD in da place to be!

  • John Q Public

    The Duluth Police Department will request assault charges be brought against one of its own officers for striking an intoxicated man in a wheelchair multiple times Friday at the Duluth Detoxification Center after the man first struck the officer.

    Officer Richard Jouppi, a two-year-member of the department with prior police experience in Omaha and St. Paul, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by his own department.

    Mike Tusken and Robin Roeser, deputy police chiefs of the patrol and administrative divisions, respectively, faced the media in a 7 p.m. press conference at police headquarters on Arlington Road. Police Chief Gordon Ramsay is out of the country.

    “Based on the information we have to date, it is our conclusion that his (Jouppi’s) conduct violates our policies and procedures and the very high standards to which this city holds our officers accountable,” Tusken said.

    Tusken said the department will seek fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges against Jouppi. The case will be referred to an independent prosecutor for charges. Tusken said the prosecuting office will be identified today.

    Tusken said Anthony Jon Jackson, 50, of Duluth first struck Jouppi in the face at the detox center. Jouppi responded with multiple blows and reopened an existing head wound that Jackson had. Tusken said this is not the first time there has been a complaint brought against Jouppi.

    Tusken and Roeser visited Jackson earlier Thursday at his apartment.

    “Our visit was to reassure him that we were taking this seriously and to just give him an update that we’re doing an investigation into the matter,” Tusken said. “In fact one of the things he asked us was if he could be the complainant and we said we already were the complainant so we were taking care of that.”

    An administrator with the Detoxification Center contacted police on Monday morning with concerns about the force used by the officer in an incident about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

    The department immediately started a criminal investigation headed by Lt. Jeff Kazel. On Tuesday, the department consulted with the city attorney’s office and requested that an independent prosecutor be assigned.

    Jouppi was placed on the administrative leave on Tuesday. Police met with the independent prosecutor on Thursday.

    INTOXICATED, VIOLENT

    According to the report of the officer who worked with Jouppi on the night of the incident, Jackson was a handful on the night of the incident. Police were called to Jackson’s unit at the San Marco Apartments at 10:09 p.m. Friday on a report that he was extremely intoxicated and had been in two fights that night. A staff member at the apartments told the officer that Jackson had been escalating his assault and violent behavior the past month. The staff member said he talked to the two residents in the building that Jackson had fought with and neither wanted to press charges.

    The report indicates that Jackson returned to his room and trashed it. The staff member’s supervisor wanted Jackson taken to the detox center for a 72-hour hold.

    Jouppi’s partner wrote in his report that when they arrived at detox, Jackson was agitated and said he was not going in. The officer said that he attempted to assist Jackson from the squad car into a wheelchair, but the man was agitated and pushed away his hands. Jackson finally got in the wheelchair and was wheeled into the building.

    Inside the building, Jackson told a staff member he was going to throw his jacket at her. Both police officers stepped in, the report indicates, and Jouppi grabbed Jackson’s arm while the other officer attempted to grab the jacket.

    The report reads: “Jackson freaked out and swung his arms around. He swung left arm at Officer Jouppi and hit him in the face. He continued to flail his arms before Officer Jouppi delivered a punch to Jackson. Officer Jouppi delivered several more punches, striking Jackson in the head and upper chest, before he went to secure Jackson. Officer Jouppi then ended up pulling Jackson to the ground, with his wheelchair. Jackson fell out of the wheelchair. Once on the ground, Officer Jouppi immediately pulled Jackson’s left arm behind his back, cuffed it, and instructed him to pull his right arm behind his back and also handcuffed it.”

    HONORED IN OMAHA

    Jouppi, who the department said is 31 or 32, was sworn in as a Duluth police officer on March 26, 2010. He grew up in Duluth and at that time said he became interested in police work because his neighbor was a police canine handler. He attended Fond du Lac Community College and the University of Nebraska-Omaha before working for the Omaha and St. Paul police departments.

    Jouppi was one of four Omaha police officers honored for bravery and lifesaving in 2005 for risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning home. The officers received the Woodmen Lifesaver Commendation, the Omaha Police Lifesaving Medal, and the Omaha Fire Department Unit Citation for Lifesaving.

    Jouppi couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday night. He is represented by defense attorney Frederic Bruno, who has offices in Minneapolis and Duluth.

    “It’s a very two-sided story and you’ll have to wait for the rest of it to play out in court,” Bruno said Thursday night. “I’m not going to try this case in the press. Let’s wait for all of the evidence to come out and wait for the jury or prosecutor to make the decision. We did request that DPD provide various video tapes and (Jouppi’s) statement, but they refused to give it to us. It’s information that he’s probably entitled to and will probably get eventually. You know that he’s under investigation and no charges have been brought.”

    Jouppi provided the department a written report of his arrest of Jackson, but he has not been interviewed by police, hence there is no statement to provide the defense, Tusken said.

    “The men and women who work at DPD take pride in wearing the badge and uniform of the Duluth Police Department,” Tusken said. “We have high expectations for our officers’ conduct. If an officer tarnishes the badge we wear, we hold them accountable.”

  • John Q Public

    A felony assault charge against a man who struck a police officer at the Duluth Detoxification Center last week was dismissed Friday after the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office watched a video of the officer repeatedly striking the man who had lashed out at him from a wheelchair.

    Duluth police Officer Richard Jouppi, 34, a two-year member of the department, faces potential criminal charges for his role in the Sept. 21 incident.

    Police placed Jouppi on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation and have forwarded their reports and videotape of the incident to an independent prosecutor. Deputy Police Chief Mike Tusken said police are asking that fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges be brought against Jouppi.

    The charge against the man transported to the detox center, Anthony Jon Jackson, 50, of Duluth, was dismissed.

    “The case was reviewed by (Assistant St. Louis County Attorney) Kristen Swanson, who originally charged the case, and other members of our staff, who reviewed the supplemental reports and video of the incident, and after further review a dismissal was filed in the interest of justice,” St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said. He declined to elaborate.

    Duluth attorney Shawn Reed, who serves as Hermantown city prosecutor, is the independent prosecutor who will review the case against Jouppi to determine if criminal charges are warranted. Reed did not return a phone call seeking comment Friday.

    If Jouppi is found guilty of a crime, it could cost him his job. Personnel records indicate that on March 12, he and the city reached a “Final and Last Chance Agreement,” in which he signed a document that included the language: “Any future acts or omissions which violate public trust and/or violate (police policy) will be deemed an act of gross insubordination justifying termination.”

    Jouppi is being represented by Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Legal Defense Fund attorney Fredric Bruno.

    “This is not a helpless guy in a wheelchair,” Bruno said of Jackson on Friday. “He had trashed his room in the public facility he was living in. He was taken forcibly to detox and alluded to the fact that he had a .38 pistol and a .45 pistol. He punched Officer Jouppi, disorienting him. He was a subject being subdued. He’s (Jouppi) got some concerns about him. The guy (Jackson), at a minimum, should have a disorderly conduct at the facility, probably a terroristic threat against detox staff and probably a fourth-degree assault against Officer Jouppi. He’s not exactly a sympathetic character as he’s being portrayed.”

    Bruno said he hasn’t yet seen the video of the incident. “I’m going to look at the video and wait to see what kind of charges they’re going to come up with,” he said.

    Jouppi and another officer were dispatched to Jackson’s residence at the San Marco Apartments at 10:09 p.m. on Sept. 21 to transport him to the detox center. It was reported that Jackson had been extremely intoxicated and had been in two fights that night. According to police reports, Jackson is able to walk, but he was in a wheelchair when officers arrived at his apartment.

    Jouppi wrote the following about what happened at the detox center in his official police report of the incident:

    “I controlled his right arm at the elbow in order to prevent Jackson from (following) through with his threat to strike a staff member. Jackson quickly swung his left hand and struck me in the face near my left eye forehead area which caused me to experience pain. I sought to take Jackson into custody and delivered two strikes to Jackson’s face as it was the only target presented to me at the time and in order to keep him from delivering more strikes. I flipped the wheelchair onto its handles which brought Jackson’s back down to the ground. Once on the ground we were able to turn Jackson over and place him into handcuffs.”

    Jouppi wrote that Jackson had a previous laceration that had been medically glued shut but reopened during the scuffle. Another officer at the scene wrote in her report that Jouppi had two small marks under his left eye where it appeared small blood vessels had broken.

    The officer included in her report that when Jackson was transported to the St. Louis County Jail, he told her numerous times that he wished his hands were free so that he could punch her. He also said that Jouppi “got what he deserved,” the officer wrote in her report.

    Jouppi, a Duluth native, worked for the Omaha (Neb.) Police Department from November 2001 to February 2008, and from March 2008 to January 2010 for the St. Paul Police Department. He joined the Duluth force in January 2010.

    Jouppi was one of four Omaha police officers honored for bravery and lifesaving in 2005 for risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning home. He has not received any honors or awards while a Duluth officer.

    Personnel records indicate that five complaints have been filed against Jouppi, but only one was sustained. In the case that he was disciplined for, the city found that Jouppi violated public trust by providing confidential information about a case to a suspect, violated an order by discussing a case without being assigned to it, and was insubordinate. The “Final and Last Chance Agreement” indicated that Jouppi eventually provided a complete and accurate statement after repetitive urging by investigators.

    In that case, personnel records indicate that Jouppi was conflicted by personal and professional interests. He provided information to someone he knew, a suspect in a case, about evidence that police would be looking for and what evidence was needed for a conviction.

    The name of the person Jouppi was trying to help was redacted from the reports. Jouppi told an investigator that he had never been involved in a situation in which he had “his two worlds collide,” referring to his personal and private lives.

    As a result of that incident, Jouppi served a 30-day suspension without pay and was ordered to attend a class on ethics in policing.

  • John Q Public

    Those are from the Duluth News Tribune.

  • Otto Maddox

    Wow.. if that drunk guy swatting at the poor police officer’s face “disoriented him” the officer should find a different line of work.

    Hopefully this will help officer friendly on his new career path in the vehicle towing industry or bond enforcement.

  • enslave keene

    Here is the contact information for US Senator Amy Klobuchlar. Please call and or write to her giving your full support for the police officer..

    Washington, DC
    302 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    phone: 202-224-3244
    fax: 202-228-2186

    Metro Office
    1200 Washington Avenue South, Room 250
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Main Line: 612-727-5220
    Main Fax: 612-727-5223
    Toll Free: 1-888-224-9043

    Southern Office
    1130 1/2 7th Street, NW, Room 208
    Rochester, MN 55901
    Main Line: 507-288-5321
    Fax: 507-288-2922

    Northwestern & Central Office
    121 4th Street South
    Moorhead, MN 56560
    Main Line: 218-287-2219
    Fax: 218-287-2930

    Northeastern Office
    Olcott Plaza, Room 105
    820 9th Street North
    Virginia, MN 55792
    Main Line: 218-741-9690
    Fax: 218-741-3692

    Toll Free Number:
    1-888-224-9043

  • shawn

    While i mostly side with the officer, his record of complaints and his infraction show him to be a real peach. He could also use some lessons on how to treat others in a professional and dignified manner. He had no business talking to the lady like he did, or preaching at her.

    In the private sector, talk to people in such a manner as he did can quickly end your job. It is called professional conduct.

  • BigPoppaAZ

    @enslave

    You Sir, are quite the satarist.

    “Please call and or write to her giving your full support for the police officer.” ROFLMAO.

    Heck, even “The Duluth Police Department also recommended that Jouppi be charged with 5th Degree Assault.”

    Cat Daddy Jouppi, was out of line, and his superiors recognize this.

    When the female staff member steps toward Jackson, Officer Jouppi tells her: “Shut up, back up, or I’ll arrest you, too. You don’t think people in a wheelchair can assault people? Turns out he just did.”

    Officer Jouppi already has five complaints on his personnel record, according to WDIO-TV. The charges against Jackson were dropped.

    Looks like he’ll need to find a new line of employment.

    Kudo’s to the City of Duluth on the “Final and Last Chance Agreement” signed back in March.

    Contact the Duluth Police Department and let ‘em know your thoughts.

    Duluth Police Department
    2030 North Arlington Avenue
    Duluth, MN 55811
    [email protected]
    (218) 730-5400

  • Common Sense

    Now the liberals will cry fowl – so typical.

    Leave the decisions to the adults, move along citizen….

  • Jon

    COWARD THUG VIOLENT BULLY WITH EGO MENTAL PROBLEMS. Officers are trained to FEAR, and view the public and ordinary citizens as lowless street scum enemy combatants. They are tought that at any second, a raving nut can just snap on you and try to take you out.
    There is something wrong with the phsycology in the training these officers get. I’ve noticed that alot of police have psycological and egomanic issues. It’s uncanny that in a society, the bad is the good and the good is bad. The police are (generaly, and corrupted) the criminals and the criminals are the humane ones or the ones who have reasons (generaly, with some exeptions) for thier actions. You can’t possibly understand what the people who are put in jail feel. We are all human and would react a certain way in certain situations.

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  • shawn

    @Common

    You hate the military, Founding Fathers, Regan, and attack trickle down economics. Maybe you should read the basic liberal platform values. You might recognize them.

    I don’t come down hard on the officer, but there is room to question his actions and he is no saint.

  • Hey

    I try to judge videos trying to not be biased.

    In this case, the drunk man was combative and did push his hands into the officer’s face.

    That is a no no!

    But the officer was excessive with the 3 last punches out of 4 being way too much.

    This officer seems to have control issues.

  • Pep

    What do you have against chickens, commoner?

  • arthur berg

    it seems like the copfuckers have taken over the comments of this site i guess thats the price the supporters have to pay cuz the webmaster is to lazy to moderate the comments

  • enslave keene

    @arthur berg

    LMAO Oh yeah!! Moderating the comments is the answer. It has worked out so well at FreeKeene.com. Don’t believe me? Look at the average comment count on stories now versus 6 months ago. Anywhere from 30 to 40 minimum comments per story, now down to 5 at the most, 1 or 2 is the average. Myself along with 2 or 3 other “trolls” ran that site to. Poor little Ian banned most of our IP’s now all you get is the goodestepping freakstaters commenting. Makes for great debate! Shmuck!

  • Jim

    Yep, just like the copfucker echo-chamber daisy-chain at Police One.

  • Troy

    Looks like a justified use of force to me. Next video please!
    @ arthur berg..so us “copfuckers” aren’t entitled to our free speech on here..seems like hypocrisy to me

  • John Q Public

    Arthur, the moderators stated long ago that they won’t block people because they do seem to beleive in the first amendment. Too bad you don’t.

  • Chris Mallory

    I would call the drunks “punch/slap” self defense. The cop should not have been twisting the drunk’s arm back behind his head.

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Another LEO bites the dust……

  • wiguy

    Why did the female police officer not intervene? She witnessed would most would deem a felony aggravated assault on a person at risk. Fifth degree misd. ain’t gonna cut it. She needs to be fired for dereliction of duty.

  • shawn

    The only thing that should be blocked is offensive language, not opinions. Or would you guys like to be like police one, where they do filter opinions?

  • Andre

    Jon says:

    October 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    COWARD THUG VIOLENT BULLY WITH EGO MENTAL PROBLEMS

    I agree completely.
    This is yet another classic case of an officer not controlling his rage. These people have low self esteem and are always looking for an excuse to exhibit their power and force on lesser threats. If someone was twisting your arm in a way that is uncomfortable, drunk or not you WILL attempt to defend yourself. Granted Mr Jackson should have kept his mouth closed and did what they ask. If he was handcuffed like he should have been in the first place he wouldn’t have had to get hit

  • John Q Public

    shawn, if they blocked offesive language, a good number of copblockers would be banned.

  • Common Sense

    Years of drinking, bar fights and domestic assault charges have taught him how to take a punch….he’ll be fine. Once he sobers up, an attorney will remind him about this as it was more than likely a drunken blur and he’ll try and collect some cases of Natty Ice or King Cobra in a lawsuit.

  • this cops like superman!

    i think the slaps were all that was needed to stop the guy.. Taking him down was not.. Take downs are really for taking someone off “their feet” this gu clearly wasn’t running anywhere and i think the bitch smacks woke him up.. the wheelchair take down was a little much.. WHAT A HERO!

  • BigPoppaAZ

    @Common,

    Don’t be irreverent to Natty Ice, King Cobra (King Cobra is an American malt liquor with a robust and full-bodied, smooth, clean taste), Mickey’s Big Mouth, O-E, and other fine Malt Liquors. They’ve done a Student Body of many a university, Small Town America, and even South Central a fine service over the years. I’m sure they will continue to do so, as AB asks, take the Pledge and Drink Responsibly.

    Nothing like a 40, or even a 64 ounce bottle with a side of BBQ.

    As to the potential lawsuit, which will have a bit of Gravitas as even the City of Duluth believes the officer should be charged with Assault, it won’t be monumental, and most likely settled out of court. The suit will, however, have an impact on officer training, and community outreach. In the end that’s a positive.

    Now, off to find a 6 Pack of Mickey’s Big Mouths… at 10AM.

  • Mary McQuade

    I will be writing and calling for this officer to lose his job. He has no place dealing with the public weither they are drunk or sober and his contempt for his female co-worker speaks volumes about his character. I hope this guy isn’t married with kids because I feel sorry for them dealing with this hothead.

  • John Q Public

    Its all about the Steel Reserve in my neck of the woods. LOL

  • Common Sense

    wow, i actually laughed out loud on that one….

  • Common Sense

    I too once hit a man in a wheelchair, it turned out to be my mother. Immediately my 3rd cousin decked me, and to this day I still have 2 of my front teeth half broken. When I woke up, I immediately had to show my mother the ‘love’. Thank god she forgave me, because I don’t know what I’d do without the couch in her doublewide.

  • anonymous

    Police abuse makes me sick to my stomach. That cop should be barred from any job that allows him to have power over any person, animal or insect.

  • enslave keene

    All kinds of kudos to this cop on many fronts…

    #1. 1st the verbal threat against the ultra libtard wingbat with not enough sense to act in her own self intrest. So the cop removes the jacket to ensure she doesnt get hit with it.

    #2. For taking the maniac out for assaulting the cop while doing his sworn duty to protect the innocent (The afore mentioned libtard wingbat).

    #3. For threatining arrest again of libtard wingbat for possibly esculating the threat not only to her but to the officer protecting her.

    #4. For the officer making the obvious interogative statement to wingbat about the ability for the poor disabled people in a wheelchair not being able to assault someone, AND THEN pointing out that he did just that.

    Crazy Kudos to the cop in this video, crazy kudos!!

    2nd’d!

  • Yankee Fan

    I let each person have his take on the video but the part of the story that grabs my attention is another cop who signed a last chance agreement making headlines for some possible questionable police work meaning he must have a sordid past.

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Sounds like that was his last chance…

    Why do LEO’s get so mad at being held accountable? I don’t get it….

  • BigPoppaAZ

    @enslave

    LMFAO, “ultra libtard wingbat”, indeed. Your verbal acuity is examplar!

    Don’t go changing…

  • joe turner

    the cop is a coward like most cops and i hope he loses his job just another little boy with a badge

  • Carlos

    The thug pig will be charged with assault on this one.
    Even his own P.D. supports the charges.
    Info. about it be read at the link below:
    ——————-
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/04/justice/minnesota-police-officer-charges/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

    ——————-

    Carlos

  • Greg Witt

    I can’t imagine what this cop was thinking. If he felt justified in his reaction to a wheelchair bound drunk, he needs some help. This officer had the upper hand instead of helping he struck repeatedly,it angers me to watch this video.I hope most of all that the cop finds conviction and the drunk and anybody else find forgiveness

  • http://www.badgeabuse.com badgeabuse

    Yet another GREAT DAY…..

  • Chris Bazinet

    This man should not be charged. He restrained the intoxicated man for making threats the intoxicated man then swung at him so he put him down. Is this how we treat the men and women sworn to protect us. That nurse was being threatened officer Jouppi restrained the man. What because she was instigating the situation and he had to act he gets arrested? She should be charged for instigating MR. Jackson. If she had acted responsibly and not kept saying do it throw it at me go ahead it would not have escalated into that. The fact that the city and state are allowing charges to be filed is Ludacris. She even said throw it at me see what happens. Mr. Jackson was restrained then he took a swing then officer Jouppi punched him while yes he did not need to punch him he acted in the moment to defend himself and the nurse from a man out of control. She instigated the whole situation and she should be charged if he is.

  • Maria

    fire this man who wants to be called a “police officer” he is nothing but a coward and a thug…tax money should not be used to enable this behavior by these so called police he should not be given pay during his “leave”

  • Maria

    I didn’t already say my last comment but so much for free speech and thought is our adulterated America…by censors, people in positions of power and feeling they know more than any one else and their voice is the only voice…

  • Maria

    don’t be stupid people, yes the man was drunk but that is no excuse for what the cop did…2 wrongs do not make a right.
    it could be you or one of yours…a 70 yr old was just shot and killed by “courageous police” that broke into his home in the middle of the night and the man got a gun to protect himself and his wife…the cops saw the gun and killed him…they were in the wrong house..oh well, to bad, he could have been a terrorist you know.

  • Carlos

    To cops:

    If your skin has grown thin and it’s hard for you to control your temper then maybe it’s time to get off the streets.

    Carlos

  • Citizen_kane

    Very unprofessional. The threat was over. All he had to do was cuff him, not punch him repeatedly and knock him down and then threaten the intake with arrest also. Anger issues and drunk with his own authority. Clearly a violation of abuse/excessive force. If you can’t control yourself you need a new line of work. One day you will pull that on the wrong person and end up getting yours. That little tin shield doesn’t even cover 10% of your chest.

  • Common Sense

    Officer Sluggo just got termed. I heard he’s applying for a employment at Willow Creek Retirment Community, Jibson’s Rehabilitation Center and Zeus’ Mixed Martial Art Club.

    “Duluth police officer who assaulted man at detox center dismissed from force
    Duluth Police officer Richard Jouppi, 35, was videotaped swinging and hitting a presumably intoxicated man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detoxification Center on Sept. 21. He was charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.
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    Richard Douppi Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department has done everything in its power to keep Richard Jouppi from ever again working as a police officer in the city.

    Officer Jouppi, 35, was videotaped swinging and hitting a presumably intoxicated man in a wheelchair at the Duluth Detoxification Center on Sept. 21. He was charged with fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident.

    Ramsay, surrounded by the 11 officers who make up his command staff, held a news conference at police headquarters Monday to inform the public of his department’s response to the “use of force” incident. Ramsay said the internal investigation of Jouppi’s actions has been completed, but data practice law and the police union contract prohibited him from talking about any specific conclusions and discipline until final disposition of discipline, when he said the discipline will become public.

    The police chief said he had watched the video of the incident at least 40 times and had read and re-read all of the interviews and reports associated with the case.

    “I, along with the department leaders as well as many of our officers, have expressed how deeply troubled they are by his actions,” Ramsay said of Jouppi. “I assure you the DPD has done everything in its power legally so that Officer Richard Jouppi will never work for the city of Duluth Police Department again. The Duluth Police Department believes community relationships are of the utmost importance. We will continue to work with the Native American community to heal and rebuild the fragile balance of trust.”

    Neither Jouppi nor his attorney could be reached for comment Monday.

    Under his police union contract, Jouppi has 21 days to file a grievance regarding the discipline. If he does so, an arbitration process will begin.

    Officer Tom Maida, president of the Duluth Police Union, Local 807, which represents the officers, investigators and sergeants in the department, said that the union is monitoring the case.

    “We’re in consult with our attorney to ensure that Officer Jouppi receives the proper due process and that this incident receives the review that it needs and deserves,” Maida said Monday.

    The first count of the criminal complaint against Jouppi — fifth-degree assault — states that Jouppi committed an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death or intentionally inflicted or attempted to inflict bodily harm upon another.

    The disorderly count states that Jouppi, while in a public or private place, knowing, or having reasonable grounds to know that it will, or will tend to, alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace, engaged in brawling or fighting; or engaged in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct, or in offensive, obscene or abusive language tending to reasonably arouse alarm, anger or resentment in others.

    Both crimes are misdemeanors, each punishable by a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

    Jouppi, a Duluth Central graduate, served with the Omaha (Neb.) Police Department from November 2001 to February 2008, and he worked for the St. Paul Police Department from March 2008 to January 2010. He joined the Duluth force in January 2010.

    The Duluth department had placed Jouppi on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Jouppi is accused of assaulting Anthony Jon Jackson, 50, a resident of the San Marco Apartments in downtown Duluth. The San Marco offers permanent housing for chemically dependent individuals and for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. Police reports indicate that Jackson had assaulted two people at San Marco that day.

    Jouppi and another officer were initially dispatched to the apartments at 10:09 p.m. Sept. 21. A staff member at San Marco reported to police that Jackson had been continually assaultive and violent and his behavior had escalated over the prior month. Jackson assaulted two fellow residents that day and then trashed his room, according to police reports.

    About 10:50 p.m., a surveillance video at the Detoxification Center appears to show Jackson swiping his hand into Jouppi’s face and the officer responding with several punches before tipping the wheelchair over with Jackson in it. Jouppi wore a back brace.

    The criminal complaint against Jouppi said he threw five closed-fist punches to Jackson’s head and face.

    Personnel records indicate that on March 12, he and the city reached a “Final and Last Chance Agreement” in which he signed a document that included the language: “Any future acts or omissions which violate public trust and/or violate (police policy) will be deemed an act of gross insubordination justifying termination.”

    According to records in that case, Jouppi was disciplined for admitting to superiors that he had provided information to a friend — who was a suspect in a sex assault — about what evidence police would need to convict him.

    The disciplinary document states that Jouppi’s actions in that case diminished the ability of the Police Department to potentially gather evidence critical to the investigation and prosecution of the suspect.

    Jouppi was one of four Omaha police officers honored for bravery and lifesaving in 2005 for risking their lives to rescue a family from a burning home. He has not received any honors or awards while a Duluth officer.”

  • BS

    Thank you Keene jackass for providing all those address’ and phone numbers. I sent them out to my cop hating friends and made sure we passed them to everyone we knew so they too can say that this cop beat a man in a wheel chair and should be fired. We also made it clear that if she supported this cop then we would start a campaign to have her not reelected.

    This cop is a fucking pussy with a badge. I’m 46 years old and would beat the living shit out of this asshole if he ever thought about doing what he did to myself or any of my family members. Who the hell does he think he is ? Just another pussy with a badge drunk on power. Though the movement is slow, momentum is growing and the people are FUCKING TIRED OF POLICE BRUTALITY !

    Keep filming the police everybody and make a complaint every time you deal with a cop if they even hint at being an asshole. Talk to your friends about making complaints and tell them to FILM THE POLICE !

  • Citizen_Kane

    Glad he got canned, wheelchair guy got justice. We all got justice.