No charges for Richfield cop in video that shows teen getting pushed, hit

The Twin Cities cop who was captured in a video apparently smacking a teen upside the head will not be charged in the incident.
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The Twin Cities cop who was captured in a video apparently smacking a teen upside the head will not be charged in the incident.

However, he has not been entirely cleared yet.

The confrontation was caught on camera in October and went public when the footage was released on Twitter. It was taken from inside a car and appears to show the Richfield police officer demanding the teen move on from the scene of an apparent traffic stop.

Both officers in the video were placed on administrative leave while the department conducted an investigation.

But according to the Sun Current, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office has decided not to press charges against the officer accused of hitting the youth, though their decision concerned only the "verbal aspect of the incident."

A spokesman for the county attorney told the paper that what happened between the officer and the teen would have only constituted gross misdemeanors, at most; the county attorney, the spokesman noted, "by and large" deals only with felonies.

As City Pages explains it, this left the decision to prosecute the cop up to the Richfield city attorney, and while a special prosecutor did investigate the case, the city ultimately decided not to press charges.

The officer, meanwhile, remains on leave while the Richfield P.D.'s investigation continues, the Associated Press says.

According to the Star Tribune, he has been disciplined twice in the last few years over incidents involving "improper use of force."

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