Sunday, June 22, 2014

Duluth Police Officer Jouppi Fired From Force

Duluth police officer Richard Jouppi, who was once accused of assaulting a man in detox, has been officially fired from the department.

The termination details are now public since the Duluth Police Union recently dropped its grievance with the City of Duluth over its disciplinary action against Jouppi.

City documents state while a jury did not find Jouppi guilty of 5th degree assault from actions taken in this surveillance video from 2012, he was in gross violation of the police department's code of conduct and ethics.
Documents also show, Jouppi was on a "last chance agreement" before the detox incident for interfering and withholding information involving a sexual assault case because the suspect was Jouppi's friend.

There are no settlement agreements or severance payments involving Jouppi's termination.
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay released the following statement Friday:

"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."

> This article is reposted from the Fox21 News website.

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