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Minn. cop fired over assault charge rehired

Hours after officer was charged with domestic assault, his wife said she had lied

By Matt McKinney
Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police officer who had been fired over a domestic abuse allegation has been rehired with back pay, according to his attorney and the police department. Mukhtar Abdulkadir, one of the state's only Somali-American police officers, will forfeit 30 hours of pay as part of the deal.

Abdulkadir was charged with felony domestic assault and terroristic threats in early 2011. He was accused of punching his wife and hitting her with the butt end of his service weapon at their Andover home.

Hours after he was charged, his wife told the Anoka County attorney's office that she had lied and that the allegations were untrue, despite visible injuries that corroborated her initial story, according to the criminal complaint. She said in her recantation that the couple had been fighting about money, jealousy and his unhappiness with the marriage when she went to police.

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