- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges he punched a 14-year-old girl twice in the face after she spit on him.

Officer Michael Soucheray II entered his plea Thursday to misdemeanor assault.

According to a criminal complaint, the girl was handcuffed at the time of the December incident and was in the back of a squad car. The complaint says Soucheray hit the girl after she spit in his face.

The complaint says officers were trying to take the girl to a hospital because she was reportedly suicidal, but she refused to go and became agitated.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/2mxfTgK ) reports Soucheray’s attorney, Peter Wold, asked for a speedy trial. Wold says Soucheray, who has been on administrative leave, “wants to get back to work.”

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

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