MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A second officer with the Richfield Police Department has been placed on paid administrative leave after a Twitter video was released that appeared to show the officer hitting a teenager.
The incident happened Saturday night. Nineteen-year-old Kamal Gelle says he was pulled over and given a citation for careless driving. Gelle says he then got out of his car to talk on his phone.READ MORE: Driver Shot While On I-394 In St. Louis Park, Investigation Underway
He says that’s when the officer pushed him and hit him in the side of his head. Gelle says his friends then approached the officer, but that’s not on video.READ MORE: Recipe: Thai Bowls From The Classic Grill At Madden’s On Gull Lake
“The Richfield Police Department is dedicated to fairness, transparency and maintaining good community relations,” the department said. “The department appreciates Omar Jamal’s willingness to meet. The Richfield Police Department takes these complaints very seriously and will continue to conduct a thorough investigation.”
The first officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure during investigations of this nature. On Wednesday, the Police Department said that another officer had also been placed on leave.MORE NEWS: MN WEATHER: Several Rounds Of Light Snow Expected Over Next Several Days
The department said that they have requested the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension conduct the investigation, to prevent any potential conflicts of interest.