Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to undergo treatment for 'alcohol issues'

Mike Freeman has been on leave for the past week.
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will undergo treatment for "alcohol issues" after he went on leave a week ago for medical reasons.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, Freeman says that a combination of medication, stress reduction and sleep "have stabilized my unacceptably high blood pressure."

He then goes onto say he has been evaluated for "alcohol issues by a licensed assessor" and will undergo treatment as a result.

"With the love and support of my family, I am entering a well-respected treatment program beginning Monday."

He says he intends to return to work by no later than mid-June, and has requested privacy from the media and people of Hennepin County.

The 71-year-old's abrupt decision to take leave came after he reportedly exhibited bizarre behavior at an event on Thursday, May 9.

The Star Tribune reports that attending an event in north Minneapolis, he "bragged about his willingness to charge police officers with crimes, and joked about the recent murder trial and conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor."

Sources told the newspaper that Freeman may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Freeman's office successfully prosecuted Noor in the death of Justine Damond, with Noor becoming the first police officer in Minnesota to be convicted of murder carried out while on-duty.

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