Eden Prairie Woman Charged with Slapping Police Officer

Police say Elizabeth Mary Leeds slapped an Eden Prairie officer while he was investigating an altercation at Santorini Taverna.

An Eden Prairie woman has been charged with assault after police say she slapped an officer while he was attempting to arrest her.

Elizabeth Mary Leeds, 24, is charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Eden Prairie police were called to Santorini Taverna on Technology Drive just before 1 a.m. Dec. 14 to investigate a reported fight, according to the criminal complaint, signed by Eden Prairie Police Detective Kyle Duchschere.

When an officer arrived, he joined another Eden Prairie officer, who was talking to two women outside the restaurant, one of them Leeds. Another man walked up and accused Leeds of assaulting a bartender inside the restaurant.

Leeds began to argue with the man, and one of the officers told Leeds to walk away. When she continued to yell at the man, the officer started to escort her away.

Leeds yanked her left arm away from the officer and yelled, “Get your [expletive] hands off me,” then pulled her hand back and slapped the officer’s face, according to the complaint.

The officer described the slap as “forceful and deliberate.”

Leeds was arrested. During the process, she said, “You’re going to get what’s coming to you for arresting me, just wait,” according to the complaint.

Leeds has been released from custody. She is scheduled to make a first appearance on the charge Dec. 17 in Hennepin County District Court.

Kevira Voegele December 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What makes you say that, Pete? If police officers are dispatched to a call, it's their job to go to the location and ask questions. I'm going off the information we have and it sounds like the woman in question didn't listen to their instructions and then hit an officer. That doesn't sound like the officers were at fault.
Jonathan Thielen December 18, 2012 at 01:57 AM
I would like to join in here. I agree with Kevira 100%. It's their job when called. We have to appreciate their service to protect and serve. Now the woman was confrontational. We all know that's not a good move. Now the facts show she laid hands on a police officer. End of story. I'm sure she learned her lesson. I'm voting on common sense here.
Brender Lees December 18, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Presume: : to suppose to be true without proof <presumed innocent until proved guilty. DO you always believe what you read?
Pete December 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Kevira and Jonathen, besides for your 'completely unbiased' support for the website and what it stands for considering you are employed by patch, there are two sides to every story. What you have here is a testament to one side of a story that shows half truths that could be presented in many different ways. The interpretation that you display here should not be legal and should be classified more-so as smut and is incredibly fictitious. Continue to express your irrational opinions on articles that are produced in company as it will give this website and 'news agency' a growing reputation.
Kevira Voegele December 20, 2012 at 02:40 AM
@Pete: I'm sure there is another side to this story. Unfortunately we only have the official police document, and we do not know Leeds. If you know her, please ask her to email edenprairie@patch.com or Kevira.Voegele@patch.com. I'd love to hear her description of the incident.


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