A Minneapolis police officer who had been fired over a domestic abuse allegation has been rehired with back pay, according to his attorney and the police department. Mukhtar Abdulkadir, one of the state's only Somali-American police officers, will forfeit 30 hours of pay as part of the deal.
Abdulkadir was charged with felony domestic assault and terroristic threats in early 2011. He was accused of punching his wife and hitting her with the butt end of his service weapon at their Andover home.
Hours after he was charged, his wife told the Anoka County attorney's office that she had lied and that the allegations were untrue, despite visible injuries that corroborated her initial story, according to the criminal complaint. She said in her recantation that the couple had been fighting about money, jealousy and his unhappiness with the marriage when she went to police.
He was fired last year by the Minneapolis police after an internal affairs investigation. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in October. A felony conviction would have meant Abdulkadir's job, since it automatically strips an officer of his peace officer's license.
The Minneapolis Police Federation hired attorney Brooke Bass of Bruno Law to represent Abdulkadir in arbitration proceedings.
An arbitrator ruled last month that the firing was unjustified.