09/18/2009

Lawyer fights to get Minn. officer reinstated

By Abby Simons
Minneapolis Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Minneapolis Police Federation and a private attorney said Thursday that they'll fight for the reinstatement of officer Jason Andersen, whose fatal shooting of 19-year-old Fong Lee in 2006 triggered outrage from segments of the community and who more recently faced a misdemeanor domestic assault charge before its dismissal.

Police Chief Tim Dolan, who thought highly enough of Andersen's conduct in the Lee shooting to award him the department's Medal of Valor, fired the 32-year-old Wednesday following an internal investigation. The department, union and Andersen's attorney, Fred Bruno, would not discuss reasons cited for the termination.

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