Friday, September 18, 2009
Jason Anderson, the Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed 19-year-old Fong Lee in 2006, was fired following an internal investigation -- of something. It's not clear whether the internal investigation had anything to do with domestic assault charges that were brought against Anderson recently, and then dismissed, or whether there was some other reason for the firing the officer, who was awarded a Medal of Valor by the department after shooting Fong Lee.
Attorneys for Anderson, reports the Star Tribune, said they will appeal the firing, and that other officers accused or even convicted of domestic abuse have not been fired.
Take Action Minnesota Hmong Organizing Project leaders Dai Thao and Amee Xiong said in a statement released to the press:
The Hmong community is relieved that Officer Jason Anderson has been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department, apparently as a result of an internal investigation. Since Fong Lee’s shooting death in July 2006, the Hmong community has been fearful of the Minneapolis Police – the very people who are supposed to protect us. That is why since Fong Lee’s death, our community has been united in working to bring significant change to the Minneapolis Police Department so this kind of thing doesn’t happen to anyone in our community again.
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