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Published September 10, 2013, 09:16 PM

Minnesota family files suit against officer

A St. Paul Park teen’s family alleges that an off-duty St. Paul police officer who lives in the city intentionally knocked the teen off his mini bike and verbally assaulted him.

ST. PAUL PARK, Minn. -- A St. Paul Park teen’s family alleges that an off-duty St. Paul police officer who lives in the city intentionally knocked the teen off his mini bike and verbally assaulted him.

A civil suit has been filed against officer Ronald Himes by Jessica Heroux on behalf of her son Mica Franke, 16, who was involved in a May altercation with Himes and was left scraped, bruised and with a handprint on his chest.

According to the St. Paul Park police report, Himes called police to report Franke driving on a miniature motorized bike down Pleasant Avenue at excessive speeds. In an attempt to stop Franke, who was 15 at the time, Himes “walked into the road by his mailbox and stuck out his right arm for Mica to stop,” the police report states.

Those involved have conflicting stories.

Franke told police Himes ran out into the road, hit him in the chest and knocked him off the mini bike. Franke said Himes then stood over him and proceeded to yell at him, the police report said.

The lawsuit claims Franke was not given a warning and he was subjected to a “profanity-laced tirade” from Himes.

While Himes admitted that his hand hit Franke’s chest, Himes said he did not intend to hurt Franke.

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