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Woodbury police officer acquitted in assault case

TWO HARBORS, Minn. -- A Lake County jury found a Woodbury police officer not guilty last week of assaulting a nurse in Two Harbors as the officer removed her partner from the hospital against the advice of doctors.

The four men and two women on the jury found Vickie Braman, 51, of Richfield, not guilty of charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct on July 29.

The case stems from an Aug. 30, 2011, incident at the hospital in which Braman was cited for allegedly putting her hands around a nurse's neck and shoving her. The nurse at the time was trying to remove an IV tube from Braman's life partner, who had left the hospital against medical advice.

Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague said the department will launch an internal "administrative investigation" into Braman now that the criminal trial has concluded. He lauded the highly decorated 17-year department veteran's work.

Vague said Braman will remain an active duty officer during the investigation.