Caught on video: Minnesota officer attacks man in detox center - CBS46 News

Caught on video: Minnesota officer attacks man in detox center

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DULUTH, MN (CBS46/CNN) -

A Duluth, Minnesota police officer could be charged with assault after he allegedly split a man's head open at a detox center.

The whole ordeal was recorded by a security camera last Friday.

Police say concerned employees at the detox center reported the incident involving 50-year-old Anthony Jackson, in the wheelchair, and Officer Richard Jouppi.

Jackson hit the officer after he was asked to take his coat off.

In a written report, Officer Jouppi claimed Jackson was extremely drunk and belligerent during the exchange and threatened police and detox staff.

Duluth police say they are handing the case over to an independent prosecutor and requesting a 5th degree assault charge against Officer Jouppi.

Jouppi has been on administrative leave since Tuesday and will remain on leave until the investigation is complete.

Jackson was booked on charges of felony assault of a police officer and released.

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