Minneapolis officer to stand trial after punch thrown at bar

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An Anoka County District judge on Wednesday denied an attempt by the lawyer of Minneapolis Sgt. David Clifford, to dismiss a case stemming from an incident last summer at an Andover bar, in which investigators say Clifford threw a punch that knocked out another patron, the Pioneer Press reports.

Instead, Clifford, a SWAT team leader, will stand trial in the case, the judge said.

In the June 16 incident, a surveillance video appears to show Clifford, 48, throwing a single punch that knocks a 43-year-old Ramsey man to the concrete patio at Tanners Station bar. Brian Vander Lee had multiple brain surgeries as a result, the Pioneer Press reports.

Clifford had sought to have the case dismissed last month, alleging that a detective attempted to induce witnesses to change statements, the Star Tribune reported.

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