January 29th 5-8 PM
Central Hillside Community Center
Community Forum to discuss the Anthony Jackson case
The Native Alliance of Duluth, in cooperation with The Red Lake Urban Office of Duluth, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Idle No More Duluth and other concerned organizations and individuals in the greater Duluth area announces a community forum at which the case of Mr. Anthony Jackson, the multiply disabled 50 year old who was struck repeatedly by (former) Duluth Police Department Officer Richard Jouppi while in custody at de-tox and in a wheelchair in September 2012 will be discussed.
At the time of the incident in which Jackson was beaten, Officer Jouppi was subject to a “Final and Last Chance Agreement,” signed by Officer Jouppi, the Duluth Police Department and the Police Union representing Jouppi, which stipulates that Officer Jouppi was then incompetent to perform his duties due to previous breeches of the public trust and department policy, including inappropriate conduct regarding a rape investigation in which a friend of Jouppi’s was the suspect.
Jouppi was granted a change of venue in the 5th degree assault trial stemming from his repeated punching of Mr. Jackson, and was acquitted recently. Though Duluth Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has appropriately assured the community that he “… has done everything legally possible to ensure that Richard Jouppi … will never work for the City Police Department again.” (Duluth News Tribune), it appears as though Jouppi is pursuing a grievance against the city and there is fear he will regain his position in light of the acquittal, despite Chief Ramsay’s objections.
Many members of the community upon which this incident, only one of so many that cause members of often marginalized communities to fear the police, sadly reflects feel inadequately informed and unable to bear witness to the proceedings and/or otherwise frustrated by the inability for meaningful involvement. We have a lot of unanswered questions, and want to hear from Anthony Jackson. Officer Jouppi has had his day in court, it is time for the community and most importantly, Mr. Jackson, to speak to our interests in this matter.
Please plan to attend this very important discussion!