Ex-Minneapolis police officer charged with attacking Paul man at St. Louis George Floyd protests – Twin Cities

A former Minneapolis police officer was charged Wednesday with assaulting St. Louis. Paul Mann during the George Floyd protests in May 2020, according to Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office.

Justin Stetson, then a Minneapolis police officer, was charged with one count of third-degree assault in the May 30, 2020, assault on Jaleel Stallings.

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Jaleel Stallings (courtesy photo)

According to the complaint, authorities said that while Stallings had surrendered and lay prone on the ground, Stetson repeatedly beat him for nearly 30 seconds. During the attack, Stalling fractured his left orbital wall — the facial bone that surrounds and protects the eye.

An expert review of the incident’s use of force found Stetson’s actions were “unreasonable, excessive, and in violation of generally accepted police practice,” the indictment said.

Stetson no longer holds an active-duty sheriff’s license in Minnesota.

The complaint provides the following details:

Shortly before 11:00 p.m. on May 30, 2020, officers enforcing the Governor’s temporary nighttime curfew spotted four people and three vehicles in a parking lot between 14th Avenue South and 15th Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Without announcing their presence or issuing any orders, the officers, including Stetson, fired 40mm “low-lethal” rounds at the four men. When one of the men was hit by a bullet, he allegedly didn’t realize the bullet was underkill and was shot by a police officer. In response, he fired three live rounds at the officer in the unmarked van. No one was hit.

Shouting “shots have been fired,” the police rushed towards the four. That’s when the man who was shot realized they were police officers, put his gun down and lay prone on the ground with his arms stretched over his head, palms down.

As Stetson exited the van, he allegedly put away his non-lethal weapon and grabbed his pistol, yelling, “Get on the ground, man!”

Stallings was on the ground, and Stetson admitted, “He’s down.”

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Jaleel Kevin Stallings (courtesy of Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office)

When Stetson arrived at Stallings, there was a firearm on the ground within the man’s reach. When he reached him, Stetson allegedly kicked Stallings in the face and head. He proceeded to repeatedly punch and curse Stallings before allegedly lifting his head and punching it back onto the sidewalk. He then allegedly knelt in Stalling’s face five times.

Another officer, a sergeant, arrived and held Stallings’ hand behind his back as Stetson fisted the man again.

The sergeant then told Stetson, “That’s it, stop!” according to the complaint.

Stetson has been with the Minneapolis Police Department since 2011.

In September 2021, Stallings was acquitted of second-degree murder charges related to shooting police officers during a protest. He argued that he opened fire in self-defense, believing civilians had attacked him.

In May, the city of Minneapolis paid Stallings $1.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit accusing Stetson and other officials of violating Stallings’ constitutional rights.

A Minneapolis attorney representing Stetson and other officials in the federal lawsuit did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press asking if she knew if Stetson had a criminal defense attorney.

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