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Punch from Minneapolis police officer sends man to hospital [PHOTOS]

This was the scene outside 2921 26th Ave. South yesterday
This was the scene outside 2921 26th Ave. South yesterday

A Minneapolis police officer punched out an apparently inebriated man yesterday, causing him to be taken from the scene via ambulance, according to a witness who provided his account and photos of the incident on condition of anonymity.

"When the man got within roughly a foot of the officer, the officer punched the man in the jaw with his right fist, knocking him against the windows of the storefront, taking him to the ground and immediately cuffing him," the witness says. "He appeared to be knocked out and blood was pooling out from his mouth."


Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder confirms that there was a Use of Force that resulted in the suspect leaving the scene via ambulance, but won't be able to say what prompted it until the report is filed later this afternoon.

"The gentleman did get struck, absolutely no two ways about it," Elder told City Pages last night. "The officer states in his report that he did use force on the individual."

Punch from Minneapolis police officer sends man to hospital [PHOTOS]

The incident remains under investigation, Elder says.

"We will leave it up to the Use of Force review if it's justified or needs to go on for further investigation and for me to say anything else at this time is inappropriate," Elder says. "If this gentleman feels he's been treated improperly, we encourage him to come forward and talk to Internal Affairs."

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