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ANOKA, Minn. (KMSP) -
Minneapolis Police Sgt. David Clifford was charged Monday with third degree assault for allegedly punching a man unconscious for talking loud on his cell phone on a bar patio in Andover.
Cmdr. Paul Sommer of the Anoka County sheriff's office said Clifford remained in jail Monday and will make an initial court appearance on the felony charge Tuesday morning.
Clifford told police he was at the bar to meet his wife and discuss National Night Out plans. He said he took offense to some language Vander Lee was using, and asked him to stop.
Vander Lee started using the language again a short time later, at which point Clifford confronted him. The officer told police he thought Vander Lee was going to hit him, and that's when he threw a punch.
Employees at Tanner's Station told police they didn't overhear any offensive language from Brian Vander Lee, and Sgt. Clifford admitted he could have gone to an employee instead of making a scene.
Originally posted by Domo1
I really hope this guy pulls through, such a beautiful family and the friend seems like a real good guy. Hope the Sergeant gets the book thrown at him. What a childish and stupid thing to do, punching someone for talking loudly. Anyone with that short a fuse shouldn't be a cop, shouldn't be around a gun, and definitely should not be leading a SWAT team.