Officer's Actions Go 'Against DPD's Ethics and Moral Fabric'
Posted at: 10/15/2012 4:46 PM
| Updated at: 10/15/2012 6:14 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay announced in a news conference Monday afternoon, that the department is doing "everything in its power to make sure Officer Richard Jouppi never works for the department again."
Ramsay spoke on the September 21 incident--in which a surveillance video shows Officer Jouppi hitting a man in a wheelchair--for the first time since returning from a trip out of the country.
He said despite challenges of the job, officers are expected to deliver ethical police services to the community, while building relationships.
"Let me assure you, the incident at Duluth detox on September 21, by Officer Richard Jouppi goes directly against these ethics and the strong moral fabric of the Duluth Police Department," Ramsay said.
Ramsay told Eyewitness News it could be more than a month before we find out what kind of department discipline Jouppi could face, because arbitration has yet to begin. Arbitration is described as the process of settling a dispute outside of court.
Police have said an administrator at the Duluth detox center reported the alleged incident a few days after it was recorded on surveillance, and Jouppi was put on administrative leave the next day.
Jouppi faces misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges. He's scheduled to appear in court again on November 8.