A Rochester police officer was issued a citation for misdemeanor domestic assault Thursday afternoon.
The 34-year-old officer, Jamar Meeks, made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court Friday morning on that charge as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct-offensive conduct.
No details about the alleged conduct were released by the Rochester Police Department nor were they included in the citation filed with the court. The incident is alleged to have occurred at a residential address in northeast Rochester about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Meeks pleaded not guilty to the charges and made a demand for a jury trial when he appeared in front of Judge Lisa Hayne. Hayne set bail at $0 with conditions that he not enter the alleged victim's residence unless granted permission by the person. Meeks also was ordered to surrender all firearms, according to court records.
His next court date has not been scheduled. An attorney for Meeks was not listed in court documents. He was denied a public defender.
Court records indicate that Meeks has been convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct four times between 2006 and 2014. In two of cases, charges of fifth-degree assault were dismissed. In another case, a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault was dismissed.
Meeks has been with the Rochester Police Department for less than a year. During that time he has not received any disciplinary actions or complaints. He has been placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave pending further investigation, according to a news release from the Rochester Police Department. An internal affairs review is also being conducted.
The police department turned the case over to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office for a "complete, thorough and independent investigation into the incident," the department said in the release.
“The alleged conduct outlined in this incident is concerning and is inconsistent with the core values of the Rochester Police Department,” Police Chief Jim Franklin said in a statement.