Incoming Minneapolis chief, on the stand, criticizes top police brass

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 20, 2012 - 11:25 PM

Yet she defended reassignment of two officers, who are suing.

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anotherfourJul. 20, 12 8:24 PM

I said it long ago, let's get a super liberal in this position, and wait for the lawsuits. Guess who will be flipping the bill? Nice hire, Rybak.

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drposterJul. 20, 12 8:45 PM

You're kidding right? After the Bonnie B issues we've had they select another PC correct type to head the PD? Yes I'll be getting my carry permit ASAP.. Sorry she was on an episode of Cops.. Ya.. I feel safer.

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stairwayJul. 20, 12 8:54 PM

what a great hire! [smart smart]

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dflleftJul. 20, 12 9:05 PM

WHAT A CESSPOOL, UNION and DFL infested cesspool.

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drposterJul. 20, 12 9:24 PM

Rybak, and the MPLS city council desperate to show how PC they are.. Let's hire a low level LT, I(who was PC promoted up to there) and put her in charge. The only things missing is she was not a minority and openly LGBT. Start hiring professionals instead of "feel good and maybe we can avoid becoming Detroit"

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swmnguyJul. 20, 12 9:42 PM

I don't understand the previous posts. I don't see how Harteau's testimony indicates she'll be a bad chief. Is the suggestion that she should have lied about her judgment to protect her superiors' reputations? I think that sort of behavior has a lot to do with the problems at the top of the MPD, which have been consistent since I moved here 25 years ago and weren't new then.

She said the two cops had lost the faith of the Federal agents they were supposed to be working with, and were properly reassigned off that work. She further stated that she didn't think her higher-ups had handled it very well, or forthrightly. The fact that her own report, as she said, included both fact and hearsay is irrelevant; all decent police reports have to include hearsay, and it's fine as long as it's called out, as it seems to have been.

Maybe Harteau will be a bad chief, or will be merely unable to clean up the MPD. Given the track record of those who have gone before her, the odds are not in her favor. But I don't see how anything in this story supports that prediction.

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dmacsterJul. 20, 1210:15 PM

The new Chief-to-be admits she includes "rumor and innuendo" in her report about other top police officials? And we're then to believe the officers she "leads" will be truthful and factual in their reports on actual crimes and investigations? Something wrong here, or did I just see too many police shows with the quote "just the facts". Another Rybak disaster forthcoming

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director373Jul. 20, 1210:47 PM

Last time I checked, this lady is Dolan's choice, but Rybak has not endorsed her, so she's not the incoming chief. Find the episodes of COPS with her, and better yet, find the old news footage of Pres Bush Sr's visit to Mpls- where she stands there and does nothing, while another cop physically assaults a harmless protester, completely against department policy (yes, I am a former Mpls police officer). She is nowhere the caliber of talent that Mpls should be seeking.

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mrhandsJul. 21, 1212:08 AM

Why can't the Minneapolis police be a lot more like the St. Paul police? You hear a lot less about this kind of stuff there, a lot less police brutality lawsuits. I know St. Paul has different demographics, but the differences between the two appear quite stark, at least on the surface. Anyone have any ideas on why, or is my opinion unfounded?

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bluemnJul. 21, 12 1:27 AM

@director373-This was Rybak's choice and definitely not Dolan's. Amazing that she will blame subordinates for what was clearly her decision. Another politician type who refuses to admit she did anything wrong. Horrible choice, RT. I hope the council will demand a chief that understands personal responsibility or we will keep paying out on lawsuits.

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