A Minneapolis police officer has been fired from the department two years after he and his partner were caught on camera beating a handcuffed Native American man, while the other officer involved is fighting to keep his job. Last week, police Chief Medaria Arradondo terminated officer Alexander Brown who, along with his former partner Peter Brazeau, was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in the December 2016 incident. Arradondo has also tried to fire Brazeau, but due to the officer’s military veteran status, he is entitled to a hearing before any dismissal action is taken. The firing stemmed from a 2016 episode in which Brazeau and Brown pummeled a man who was handcuffed and lying on the ground in downtown Minneapolis. An internal review panel found their use of force was excessive and recommended that the officers be disciplined. The pair was ordered to undergo extra training after the incident, according to sources with knowledge of the investigation. But they returned to street duty soon there after and continued working for nearly a year until Arradondo decided to fire them. Sources say the beating incident came to the attention of Internal Affairs investigators sometime in 2017 and was presented for criminal charges… Read full this story
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