By Edgar Linares

Freeman takes medical leave from Hennepin County attorney office

This comes after reported erratic behavior by Freeman at northside meeting

May 11, 2019 - 10:00 am

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman is on medical leave of absence, making the announcement a week after the murder conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer.

In a statement, Freeman said after a physical this week, his doctor and others have suggested he needs some time away from the high stress of running the county attorney's office in order to restore his physical well-being. 

Freeman says he expects to return after several weeks "stronger and sharper."

This comes after a Star Tribune report of erratic behavior by Freeman earlier in the week at an anti-crime meeting in north Minneapolis in which he used what the police union president said was an insensitive remark.

"The strained relationship with the county attorney's office and the police department, I don't know that he's fit to serve anymore," Bob Kroll told WCCO television, adding that Freeman should at least apologize for what was said.

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The comment reportedly was a reference to the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Justine Damond, who was shot and killed by Mohammed Noor two years ago.

Noor was convicted earlier this month.  He was fired by the MPD after Freeman first filed charges in the case.

Freeman has gotten in trouble before after making off-the-cuff remarks.

First elected in 1990, Freeman served as county attorney through 1999 before regaining the post in 2006.

He was relected last fall.

Attorneys David Brown and Lolita Ulloa will take over for Freeman while he's on leave.

He was relected last fall.

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