Minneapolis officer charged in pursuit that killed motorist – world news – .

Minneapolis officer charged in pursuit that killed motorist – world news – .

A Minneapolis police officer was charged with manslaughter and driving homicide in a fatal accident in July when the officer pursued a stolen vehicle, a prosecutor said Friday.

Officer Brian Cummings was driving nearly 80 mph in Minneapolis with his siren and headlights on when his police car crashed into a vehicle, killing 40-year-old Leneal Frazier.

The chase continued for more than 20 blocks, including residential neighborhoods

“The police are expected to protect and serve citizens, and act in a manner consistent with their oath to do so. Officer Cummings’ actions violated his oath and his negligence resulted in the death of Leneal Frazier, ”Hennepin County District Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

Leaders of the Minneapolis Federation of Police Officers did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Frazier was the uncle of Darnella Frazier, whose cell phone video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck was viewed around the world and helped start a global protest movement against racial injustice.

During the pursuit of Cummings, Frazier’s Jeep entered an intersection on a green light. Investigators said the driver of the stolen vehicle narrowly missed Frazier’s Jeep before the police car struck the vehicle on the driver’s side.

Specifically, Cummings faces charges of second degree manslaughter and homicide and driving. An accident reconstruction report stated that “this collision can be attributed to the defendant for not driving his vehicle with due regard for the safety of other motorists”.


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