Richfield Officer Fired After Hit in Video Now Reinstated
RICHFIELD (AP) - An arbitrator has reinstated a Minnesota police officer who was fired after a Twitter video appeared to show him hitting a Somali-American teen.
Richfield police say the arbitrator reversed Nate Kinsey's termination Wednesday, gave him a three-day suspension and reinstated him.
Kinsey was placed on paid administrative leave, and the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and a special prosecutor reviewed the case. They declined to charge him. But the 10-year department veteran was fired after an internal investigation.
Police Chief Jay Henthorne says the city is weighing its appeal options. Kinsey did not return a call for comment.
In the video recorded by a cellphone, an officer tells a 19-year-old to leave Adams Hill Park in October 2015. The teen says the officer pushed him and hit him in the head.