Domestic assault case against former Rochester officer dismissed
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – A former Rochester police officer who was charged with assault last year is no longer prosecuted.
Court records show Jamar Meeks, 34, was charged in October with two counts of domestic assault and one count of disorderly conduct.
The criminal complaint says the incident involved a woman with whom Meeks had a previous relationship. The complaint says the two got into a fight over their two children on October 8. Meeks was arrested and brought to justice the next day.
(See the full complaint below).
Meeks has been placed on administrative leave and the RPD has launched an internal affairs review of the case. Meeks had been an officer in the Rochester Police Department for less than a year and had not received any disciplinary action or complaints.
SPR chief Jim Franklin released this statement after the case was made public:
“The alleged conduct described in this incident is of concern and inconsistent with the core values of the Rochester Police Department.”
The case has been turned over to the Bloomington city attorney for prosecution and is due to be tried next month. But the prosecutor in charge of the case recently filed this report with the court:
The plaintiff hereby dismisses the action against the aforementioned defendant for the following reason: upon receipt of the additional information provided by the alleged victim, the state will not be able to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Wendy A. Murphy,
Special Deputy City Prosecutor
Here is the official criminal complaint in the case:
On October 8, 2020 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Rochester police officers responded to 234 10 1/2 Street SE, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, for assault. The declaring party, an adult female victim (fully identified in police reports) stated that the father of her children, identified as JAMAR CALVIN MARCELLE MEEKS, DDN: 09/07/1986, the accused in this case, s ‘was brought into his residence and attempted to take the children away without his permission by forcing them out of the house. The defendant was parked outside the residence. Constable Swenson contacted the accused while Constable Nepper contacted an adult female victim. The adult female victim was crying and had a minor hemorrhage in her left thumb. An adult female victim said that she and the accused were not currently in a relationship but had two children in common. There is no parenting deadline or court-ordered custody arrangement. An adult female victim said today that the defendant, who was admitted to the residence (she currently resides with her parents and their home) by her mother, attempted to take the children by force. An adult female victim testified that there was no agreed custody arrangement between her and the accused. An adult female victim said the accused pushed her, pulled the children by the arms and took them out of the house. On that day, the adult female victim gave the accused permission to take the children to and from school. After school, the defendant arrived at the residence and wanted to take the children while he had his days off. An adult female victim said the defendant tried to grab her son, an adult female victim stood in front of her son to block the defendant, the defendant then grabbed their son, she then grabbed their son by his shirt to hold on to him, the defendant then walked beside her to bring the children and nudged her
the chest causing her to fall back. An adult female victim said she did not run aground or hit the wall. An adult female victim told the accused that he had hurt her and yelled at him to leave. The defendant succeeded in pushing the children out of the residence and blocked the door so that she could not go out. An adult female victim then called 911. An adult female victim said this was the first time the accused had been so aggressive. An adult female victim said she was scared and sad during the incident.
Constable Nepper then spoke to a juvenile witness (fully identified in police reports) who said he heard an adult female victim shout “don’t touch me” and then saw an adult female victim fall backwards, but saw nothing before that. The accused is a police officer with the Rochester City Police Department, so the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office was tasked with completing the investigation. Olmsted County Sheriff’s Officer Detective Johnson contacted an adult female victim who said before to when calling the police, she woke up and heard the voice of the accused and noticed that the accused was inside his parents’ residence. An adult female victim learned that her mother let the accused enter the residence because he said he had to use the washroom. An adult female victim told the accused to leave the residence. An adult female victim said an argument started because the accused had a series of days off and wanted the children to stay with him during that time. An adult female victim said there was no agreement or arrangement for the accused to take the children on his days off. The adult victim told the accused that he could take the children the next day, October 9, 2020. The adult victim asked the children to sit at the dining table. The defendant then told the children to accompany him. As the children rose from the table, the female Victim and the Respondent both attempted to pull the children in different directions. An adult female victim testified that she attempted to bypass the accused in order to prevent him from getting one of the children out the door and the accused pushed her away and nudged her in the chest. An adult female victim testified that the accused nudged her and that caused her pain. After the defendant got the children out of the house, an adult female victim told the defendant that she was calling the police. Detective Johnson contacted a juvenile witness (fully identified in police reports) who reported that an adult female victim had blocked the door, preventing the accused from leaving the residence. A juvenile witness testified that the accused pushed and had the adult victim pushed aside in order to get out of the house. Detective Johnson then spoke to a juvenile witness (fully identified in police reports) who said an adult female victim had indicated the accused could not take the children that day, and an argument followed. The Juvenile Witness testified that the only person who was removed was Juvenile Witness A. The Juvenile Witness testified that the adult victim and the accused had argued before, but never had before. The mother of the adult female victim spoke to Detective Johnson and confirmed that she let the accused enter the house, heard the argument and watched the accused push the adult victim. The accused admitted shouting during the incident and what he described as boxing an adult female victim, indicating that it is a similar action to moving around in basketball when you turn your back to the player, extend your arms, elbows back and don’t let the player pass you. The defendant indicated that he did not push, hit or elbow an adult female victim.
RPD communications coordinator Amanda Grayson says Meeks is no longer with the ministry. She says her “The last employment date with the City of Rochester was December 23, 2020.”
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