A Minneapolis officer is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide over a fatal pursuit crash.
On July 6 at about 12:30 a.m., Officer Brian Cummings was pursuing the driver of a stolen vehicle in north Minneapolis when his marked squad car slammed into the driver's side of Leneal Frazier's Jeep, at nearly 80 miles per hour, KTSP reports. Injuries Frazier sustained as a result of the crash were the cause of his death, the complaint states.
"Police are supposed to protect and serve citizens, and to act in a manner consistent with their sworn oath to do so," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement. "Officer Cummings' actions deviated from his oath and his negligence caused the death of Leneal Frazier. 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."