Shame on him for punching a 14-year-old girl in the face!
This is another cop who thinks or had thought, he can beat people at will and with impunity.
But they still will not get convicted for wrong-doing in front of a jury. And we lay this squarely at the feet of the prosecutor. Either the prosecutor was incompetent or he threw the case on purpose, as they tend to do when prosecuting police officers.
A jury acquitted Soucheray of fifth-degree assault against a handcuffed 14-year-old girl on May 4, 2017. He had been a St. Paul officer since 2009.
His career at the ST. Paul P.D. began to unravel when on Officers were called to a St. Paul shelter for sexually exploited teens to take one of the residents to a hospital after she tried to harm herself.
Soucheray was accused of punching the girl in the face after she spat at him. A jury deliberated for less than 90 minutes Thursday before acquitting Soucheray, 39. But, well, if he didn’t punch her in the face, why was he charged?
Anyone familiar with policing in American knows what that is all about.
Afterwards, Soucheray said: “I’m glad this is over with and that I can go back to work for St. Paul.
Aaaah, how sweet.
His attorney, Peter Wold, said he misses being an officer.
Ooooooo, how terrible, sob. But he should have thought about that before punching the girl in the face.
Police Chief Todd Axtell wrote in an email after the acquittal that “what is shown in the video is troubling.”
And then the department came out with one of their boilerplate sayings: “The officer’s actions do not in any way, shape or form or reflect or align with our values, expectations or mission,” Axtell said in a separate statement. “When this issue was first brought to my attention, I took immediate action and asked another agency to review the matter. It was not a decision I took lightly, and it was the right thing to do — in the interest of transparency, trust and holding ourselves to the highest standards.”
Not to be undone, Attorney Wold still kept trying to justify punching a handcuffed 14-year-old girl in the face. And, as he says, when the girl spat in Soucheray’s face it caused his training to kick in and Soucheray used a police tactic called ‘startle, flinch and respond’ to defend himself and de-escalate the situation.
Actually, it appears to us that when she spit in his face he forgot about compassion and responsibility and reverted to being a thug.
But this case gets even better as they keep trying to justify Soucheray’s actions: Dave Titus, St. Paul Police Federation president, said the police department should not have forwarded the case for charging consideration.
“In fact, in the process of trying to assist this troubled young lady he became a victim of a felony assault,” Titus said in a statement. “This is an example of how a video that often looks horrific must be reviewed in the context of the overall incident and not just a single camera angle. The very swift and short deliberation by the jury is evidence of that.”
Jesus Christ quit it already. The guy has no business being a police officer in any jurisdiction.
Soucheray resigned from his $71,219 a year job effective Nov. 24, 2017, before two internal affairs investigations of his conduct were completed.
Like most cops who leave a police department because of shady conduct, we feel there’s a good chance he’ll join that wandering band of cops known as Nomad Police Officers, who drift from one police department to the other for whatever reasons as always.
And yoo, Michael, didn’t your mother ever tell you that you don’t punch girls, and especially sexually exploited girls, in the face? Do you think she is proud of you for that?