Ex-MPD officer charged with assault for beating of surrendering man during 2020 unrest


December 29, 2022

Attorney Eric Rice

Police body camera footage shows Jaleel Stallings after he was assaulted during an arrest.

The Minnesota Attorney General's Office has charged an ex-Minneapolis police officer with felony assault for the beating of a man who was surrendering during the unrest following George Floyd's murder.

Justin H. Stetson, 34, is accused of third-degree assault for repeatedly punching and kicking Jaleel Stallings, who was facedown with his arms outstretched on May 30, 2020, in south Minneapolis, according to the felony charge filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court. An attorney for Stetson, who was charged by summons, is not listed and attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

The city did not reveal the reason for Stetson's departure from the department. However, a source with knowledge of the investigation told the Star Tribune that then-interim Police Chief Amelia Huffman fired Stetson in relation to the Stallings case in August.



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