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Minneapolis cop charged with felony assault posts bail, claims self-defense

Sgt. David Clifford left jail Tuesday morning after a judge set bail at $15,000 with conditions. He is charged with third-degree assault after a bar fight Saturday night left a man with severe injuries. Clifford claims he acted in self-defense. The man Clifford is accused of punching, Brian Vander Lee, was showing small signs of recovery after two brain surgeries and nearly 40 hours on life-support.
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Bail was set at $15,000 Tuesday morning for Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Clifford, the man accused of sucker-punching a Ramsey man for talking loud on his cell phone on a bar patio, Fox 9 reports.
He's now out of jail.

Clifford's assault was "remarkably violent," and alcohol was involved in the incident, according to a prosecutor, the Star Tribune reports. Fox 9 says Clifford only had half a drink, according to his attorney.

Clifford is now on paid home assignment, the Pioneer Press reports. Clifford's next court appearance is July 19.

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