St. Paul Police Chief: Officer Shouldn’t Have Shot Black Man
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ St. Paul, Minnesota's police chief says an officer who shot and wounded a Black man who emerged naked from a dumpster while being sought in connection with a sexual assault failed to measure up to department standards.
Chief Todd Axtell said Tuesday at a news conference where he released police bodycam video that he'd taken ``swift, decisive and serious action'' against the officer, who is identified by state investigators as Officer Anthony Dean.
Reports, citing law enforcement sources they did not identify, say the officer was fired following Saturday night's shooting of Joseph Javonte Washington.
The police union defended the officers involved, saying they were trying to apprehend ``a violent and dangerous felon.''