Minneapolis cop charged after killing innocent man with patrol car

Recorded on video crashing into an
innocent man’s vehicle during a police chase and causing his death, a
Minneapolis police officer was recently charged with second degree manslaughter
and criminal vehicular homicide.

Around 12:30 a.m. on July 6,
Minneapolis Police Officer Brian Cummings was pursuing a stolen vehicle that
was recorded on a surveillance
video
running a red light. Driving to his girlfriend’s house, Leneal
Frazier had a green light and drove his Jeep into the intersection when Officer
Cummings ran the red light and slammed his patrol car into Frazier’s Jeep.

In the video, both vehicles burst
into flames and collided into a third vehicle stopped at the red light. All
three vehicles slammed into a bus stop, which immediately collapsed.

According to the criminal
complaint, the police pursuit reached speeds of nearly 100 mph in an area with
a 25 mph speed limit. A reconstruction of the accident determined that Cummings
was driving at nearly 80 mph when he crashed into Frazier, who was driving
around 25 mph.

Frazier died at the scene from
multiple blunt force injuries, while the other innocent driver was treated at a
local hospital. Cummings was briefly hospitalized for a wrist
injury
and placed on standard critical incident leave.

The suspect in the stolen vehicle
remains at large.

On Friday, the Hennepin County
Attorney’s Office announced that Cummings has been charged with felony counts
of second degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide.

“Police are supposed to protect and
serve citizens, and to act in a manner consistent with their sworn oath to do
so. Officer Cummings’ actions deviated from his oath and his negligence caused
the death of Leneal Frazier,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.
“These charges are appropriate based on the thorough investigation conducted. I
hope the victim’s family and loved ones find some solace in knowing we are
doing everything we can to get justice for Mr. Frazier.”

“The Frazier family and our legal
team are grateful for the charges brought against Brian Cummings for the
reckless killing of Leneal Frazier,” Ben Crump, an attorney representing Frazier’s
family, stated in a press
release
. “We commend the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office for having the
courage to hold law enforcement accountable in this instance. No innocent
civilian should ever lose their life because of unwarranted high-speed chases
in residential neighborhoods. This case shines a light on how far we have to go
in the pursuit of safe and just policing in America. High-speed pursuit
policies in Minneapolis and across America must be better written and
stringently enforced to protect innocent civilians. This is only the first step
in getting full justice for the Frazier family in this tragic and preventable
loss.”

Both charges against Cummings carry
a presumptive prison sentence of four
years
under state sentencing guidelines. Jail records show he was released
on his own recognizance without bail required and has a hearing set for
November 9.

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