Minnesota officer acquitted in punching of 14-year-old girl

PAUL, Minn. — A Minnesota police officer accused of punching a handcuffed 14-year-old girl in the face has been acquitted of assault. ST.

A jury in St. He remains on leave and still faces an internal affairs investigation. Paul took less than 90 minutes Thursday to decide to acquit Michael Soucheray, an eight-year veteran.

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Police released squad car video of the incident Thursday, and Chief Todd Axtell said he was “deeply disappointed” by what it showed of Soucheray’s actions.

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1 to take a resident to a hospital. He and other officers were called to a shelter for teens Dec. Soucheray was accused of punching the girl after she spat at him. Soucheray was charged with fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanour.

His attorney, Peter Wold, said afterward that Soucheray didn’t intend to cause harm.