Update on car accident involving demonstrators

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office declined to charge Jeffrey Rice in connection with an incident on Nov. 25 when his vehicle hit a demonstrator while driving on Lake Street.

After reviewing all of the facts from the police investigation, prosecutors determined that the actions Mr. Rice took did not reflect intent or actions that constitute a crime that could be charged, specifically under Minnesota Statute 169.09.

That law requires that if there is an accident resulting in bodily injury, the driver “shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close to the scene as possible,” and also “by the quickest means of communication, give notice of the accident to the local police department.”

As reported in the media, Mr. Rice took both of those actions. As a result, we could not bring any felony charges against him and felonies are all that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office can charge.

However, the Minneapolis Police Department announced it will present the case to the Minneapolis City Attorney for possible misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges.