Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights coalition reacts to Duluth Police officer case

DULUTH, MN– The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights of Duluth is sounding off on a court order to reinstate a Duluth police officer.

On May 21st, 2017, Officer Huot of the Duluth Police Department grabbed a homeless man and dragged him down the skywalk, causing the man to then hit his head on a steel door frame.

On December 28, 2018, Judge Eric Hylden ordered the city to reinstate Huot to the police force. This went against the wishes of Chief Tusken and other city officials who asked the courts to reverse the decision, according to the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition.

The Coalition released this statement Friday:

“Officer Huot’s behavior makes him unfit to serve in the police department. His presence on the force would undermine public trust in the DPD and put more vulnerable community members at risk of violence at his hands. The Police Union’s decision to fight for his reinstatement shows a complete lack of regard for standards of professional and human decency. We applaud the City and Chief Tusken for fighting his reinstatement in court, and we urge the City to refuse to reinstate Officer Huot until the appeal process is resolved.”

The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights Coalition said much of their work has been focused on improving interactions between police and those without residence.

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Kaitlyn Moffett

Kaitlyn Moffett

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