MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former Minneapolis police officer has been cleared of charges that he violated a teenager’s civil rights.

On Wednesday, a federal jury found Jason Andersen not guilty of using unreasonable force during an arrest.

Andersen was accused of kicking a 15-year-old in the head when he was resisting arrest by two Crystal officers in 2008. Andersen was assigned to the Metro Gang Strike Force at the time.

In May 2009, a federal jury cleared Andersen in the shooting death of Fong Lee. Lee’s family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Andersen.

  1. Joe Thomas says:

    His fellow cops in the city of Crystal initially said his kicks were excessive. Their testimony to that effect would have been enough to convict officer Anderson. Did they back off on their statements at trial? Why? Who got to them?