- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer accused of kicking a man in the face says his client’s use of force was legally justified.

Thirty-six-year-old Christopher Michael Reiter made his first court appearance Thursday on a felony charge of third-degree assault.

Authorities say Reiter was responding to a domestic assault call last May when he allegedly kicked the man, who was on his hands and knees. The man suffered a broken nose and a traumatic brain injury.

In a statement, defense attorney Robert Fowler said Reiter intends to dispute the allegations and maintains he was legally justified.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2nKBcwg ) reports Reiter was booked into jail and released without posting bail under an agreement with an assistant Hennepin County attorney.

Reiter is due back in court April 20.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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