Former Minneapolis Officer Convicted of On-Duty Assault
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ A former Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of assaulting a man while on-duty.
A jury found Christopher Reiter guilty Monday of third-degree assault for kicking a domestic assault suspect in the face in 2016. The man, Mohamed Osman, collapsed and went unconscious after the kick, which caused bleeding on the brain and a broken nose.
Reiter's attorney, Robert Fowler, told jurors his client thought Osman had a
knife, so the use of force was reasonable.
A knife wasn't mentioned in police reports. Prosecutor Daniel Allard said that as part of a conspiracy, Reiter, another officer, and the assault victim would have had to lie about the knife on the witness stand.
The police department fired Reiter after the incident.