Ex-Minneapolis police officer admits beating man during 2020 unrest but is spared jail time


Kim Hyatt, Star Tribune

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison was t the Hennepin County Government Center on Wednesday for the plea hearing of an ex-Minneapolis police officer. Ellison declined to take questions from the media.

An-ex Minneapolis police officer will be spared jail time after pleading guilty to assault and misconduct charges for beating a Black man amid civil unrest days after George Floyd's murder.

Justin Stetson entered guilty pleas to felony third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor misconduct of a public employee or officer for the 2020 beating of Jaleel Stallings. Stetson was originally charged with assault more than two years after the attack, but recently the Minnesota Attorney General's Office added the lesser charge, signaling a potential plea.

District Judge Shereen Askalani accepted Stetson's guilty pleas Wednesday. The agreement means Stetson will avoid jail time and the felony charge will be removed from his record if he successfully completes a two-year probation.



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