After assault conviction, Minneapolis SWAT officer fired

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The Minneapolis SWAT officer who was recently convicted of assault stemming from an Andover bar incident last summer has been fired, the Pioneer Press reports.

A spokesman said David Clifford's employment with the Minneapolis Police Department ended April 22, the newspaper reported. He had been with the department 20 years and was a two-time recipient of the department's Medal of Valor, the Pioneer Press noted.

A jury convicted Clifford of first-, third- and fifth-degree assault in Anoka County on April 13. After a single punch thrown by Clifford, captured on surveillance video, bar patron Brian Vander Lee fell and hit his head on the bar's concrete patio, the Pioneer Press noted. He needed three brain surgeries, the newspaper reported.

Clifford had argued at trial that he was acting in self defense.

Clifford's sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

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