The Duluth police officer who assaulted a man in a wheelchair at a detox center has been released from the police force. Former officer Richard Jouppi has also been charged with one count of Fifth Degree Assault and one count of Disorderly Conduct. Both charges are misdemeanors and carry a maximum possible punishment of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.
Richard Jouppi is the police officer shown assaulting the man in the wheelchair in the video posted in the entry below.
This isn’t Jouppi’s first disciplinary action. He had previously been disciplined for providing a sexual assault suspect with information regarding evidence that the police intended on using against him.
The Duluth police chief should be commended for releasing Jouppi. Hopefully, he won’t find any more second chances at any other law enforcement agencies.
Unfortunately, Jouppi’s actions aren’t terribly uncommon. If you or someone you know have been a victim of aggressive police force, contact the Minnesota criminal defense attorneys at Arechigo & Stokka today.
Attorney John Arechigo has a passion for criminal defense in St. Paul, MN. John received his J.D., from Hamline University School of Law and also carries a Bachelor of Arts from, The University of Minnesota. John was named Attorney of the Year for 2019 by Minnesota Lawyer. Additionally, John was also named as a 2019 Rising Star and was selected to Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2021. He devotes nearly 100% of his practice to defending individuals charged with a crime.