No charges against SDSU officer accused of excessive force

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota State University spokesman says criminal charges won't be filed against a campus police officer accused of using excessive force against a juvenile.

The Argus Leader reports that SDSU spokesman Mike Lockrem says the university doesn't comment on personnel matters and couldn't disclose if officer Jason Baker had been reprimanded.

Melissa Mentele, the teenage girl's mother, said previously that her daughter's wrist was dislocated. Mentele declined to comment to the newspaper this week, citing approaching court hearings.

The case was reviewed by the state Division of Criminal Investigation. DCI spokeswoman Sara Rabern says the agency has investigated eight use-of-force incidents in 2017.

Unlike in officer-involved shootings, use of force reports don't determine whether officers acted appropriately. Instead, they're forwarded to local state's attorneys for charging decisions.