Minneapolis Police Sgt. In Jail For Assault

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A sergeant with the Minneapolis Police Department is in jail Sunday night accused of assault, according to authorities.

Sgt. David Clifford is in the Anoka County Jail. He was arrested Sunday and is now being held on charges of first- and third-degree assault.

Clifford is accused of punching a man outside an Andover bar on Saturday. That man was identified by a witness as Brian Vanderlee, and the witness told WCCO-TV that Vanderlee is in the hospital on life support. After getting punched only one time, the witness said Vanderlee hit the pavement and cracked his skull.

Clifford has been with the Minneapolis Police Department since 1993.

It’s not clear what led up to the incident, which authorities say is still under investigation.

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