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Four arraigned in Walker school incident

Cass County Attorney Christopher Strandlie reports that four juveniles were arraigned

in Cass County District Court following an incident which occurred Wednesday at the

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School. According to police reports, a verbal altercation

between two groups of students had occurred inside the school. Law enforcement had

been requested to respond to the school to help alleviate the altercation. As officers

were arriving, they observed a male party fleeing from the building; he was detained for

questioning by a Cass County Deputy and became verbally and physically aggressive

toward the officer. Due to his conduct, a decision was made to place the male under

arrest at that time. As the Deputy was attempting to place him under arrest, a second

male individual ran up and kicked the Deputy in the back. Medical reports indicate that

redness and bruising were visible and there is a possible fracture as a result of the assault.

Other officers assisted the Deputy and both males were taken into custody. As officers

continued to deal with the males, two female students physically fought with officers in

an apparent attempt to free the males. No individuals were "tazed" during the incident.

One juvenile male was charged with the felony offense of 4th degree assault on a peace

officer resulting in demonstrable bodily harm and misdemeanor fleeing a peace officer

on foot. The other three individuals constituting one male and two females were charged

with the gross misdemeanor offense of obstructing legal process with force or violence

and two of the individuals were further charged with fleeing on foot. One of the females

was additionally charged with disorderly conduct for her role in the disturbance which

occurred within the school. A fifth male juvenile was given a citation for disorderly

conduct for his role in the incident within the school.

Due to the age of the juveniles and the level of offenses charged, state law prohibits the

release of the names of the juveniles.

Judge John Smith presided over a detention hearing and ordered:

The Walker City Police Department, Cass County Sheriff's Office, Leech Lake Tribal

Police Department and the Minnesota DNR all assisted in the initial response to the

situation. The incident remains under investigation by the Walker City Police Department

and the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

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