MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to criminal vehicular manslaughter after a police pursuit killed an innocent bystander two years ago.
In exchange for the plea, a second-degree manslaughter charge against Brian Cummings was dismissed.
Prosecutors said Cummings was chasing a suspected car thief on July 6, 2021, when he ran a red light and hit a car driven by Leneal Frazier, 40, of St. Paul, who died at the scene.
Officials said the chase went through north Minneapolis, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph in residential neighborhoods where the speed limit was 25 mph, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
Under the plea agreement, Cummings, a 14-year police veteran, could serve up to a year in the county workhouse and three to five years of probation. If he violates probation, he could face up to four years in prison.
Cummings was scheduled to appear in court next week. His sentencing was scheduled for June 22.
Frazier, a father of six, was the uncle of Darnella Frazier, who recorded George Floyd’s death when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck in 2020.