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Minnesota police association blasts Hennepin County Attorney for no assault charges after officer dragged

Prosecutors countered that he intended to flee, not assault the Maple Grove police officer

A trade association representing Minnesota police officers across the state has leveled public criticism at Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty's office, saying prosecutors under-charged a driver after a Maple Grove police officer was dragged and injured during a traffic stop.

One month since the stop that ended with felony fleeing police and obstruction charges against the driver, the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association spoke out in objection to prosecutors' refusal to charge the driver with assault on a police officer, which carries a mandatory prison sentence. But the County Attorney's Office countered that evidence shows he intended to flee, not assault the officer.

"This charging decision represents an alarming trend from the HCAO where violent offenders are not charged, or under charged, with crimes," MPPOA General Counsel Imran Ali said in a statement. "Minnesota law has long recognized vehicles being treated as weapons in these types of situations. It is alarming how police officers are treated differently than citizens in the eyes of the HCAO."

https://www.startribune.com/mn-police-union-blasts-hennepin-county-attorney-for-lack-of-assault-charges-after-officer-dragged/600325167/

 

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