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A Minnesota police officer has been charged after punching a 14-year-old girl in the face twice after she spit on him despite being handcuffed in the back of a police car.

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St. Paul Police Officer Michael Soucheray, 38, was charged with misdemeanor assault and was put on administrative leave.

According to Fox 9, his attorney, Peter Wold, said he acted in self-defense and responded with reasonable force.

“He did what he needed to do to protect himself and his partner.”

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