Police misconduct payouts in Minneapolis drop

  • Article by: RANDY FURST and JANE FRIEDMANN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 2:15 PM

Payouts to victims of police misconduct in Minneapolis dropped to $814,093 last year, well below the $4.2 million paid out in 2011, city records show. The new police chief said she is educating officers in all five precincts on the do's and don'ts.

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jimmyjames76Jan. 6, 1312:04 AM

Holy cow! We paid out $4.2 million dollars in police misconduct settlements last year! I'm surprised it could even be $814k, but 4.2 million!? I'm a huge supporter of cops, and will side with the boys in blue on just about everything, but seriously, get your act together.

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greg62Jan. 6, 13 6:41 AM

I don't think many of those lawsuits had merit.

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samiamJan. 6, 13 7:09 AM

And the Lawyers get richer.......

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barney911Jan. 6, 13 7:13 AM

Bad headline. It's not misconduct. Most of the time it's very good Police work. Just because the city pays someone to go away doesn't mean it's misconduct. Police in this city do excellent work and people who decide to fight with them or attempt to get away will get hurt and of course they sue.

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greg62Jan. 6, 13 7:45 AM

"Bad headline. It's not misconduct. Most of the time it's very good Police work. Just because the city pays someone to go away doesn't mean it's misconduct. Police in this city do excellent work and people who decide to fight with them or attempt to get away will get hurt and of course they sue."_______ Good point. I'm sure the juries and city council have viewed these settlements as a form of reparation.

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monkeyplanetJan. 6, 13 7:59 AM

It take a lot of denial to believe, as commenters to this article apparently do, that $14 million paid out in lawsuits since 2006 is good police work. This is no doubt coming from the same peanut gallery that claims to hate "big government," yet is completely dismissive of any claim of the violation of civil liberties or police brutality. Perhaps a more accurate reading of the situation would be of a police department that's out of control and has little respect for the citizens it claims to protect.

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whowhatwhyJan. 6, 13 8:39 AM

there are some rogue ones out there, i am a firm believer in the police doing there job, but patrick henry had an incident on friday. vcop pushed a kid into the wall and pulled his club out on him, another kid made a comment about the invcident the cop punched kid in the eye, threw on a lunchroom table AND kept plummenting him in the stomach, handcuffed him knocked him down and kicked him. then maced 10 kid when they left the lunch room like he asked them to, they obeyed he came running out after them. are they not taught to restrain? They had to call the cops on the cop yes this is a lawsuit, over 23 kids seen it and it's on tape if they have not destroyed it. if that officer was in that mood i wonder what happened to anyone when he went to work that night?

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clnorthJan. 6, 13 8:53 AM

monkeyplanet "This is no doubt coming from the same peanut gallery that claims to hate "big government" Think again. The police department is just an extension of big government. I think it is time the union start paying on these lawsuits. It is the only way we are ever going to weed out the bad ones.

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greg62Jan. 6, 13 9:01 AM

Even if the police got a little on tough on Minneapolis criminals, taxpayers shouldn't be held responsible for it, especially with these huge and excessive awards. Minneapolis residents or overtaxed the way it is.

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laufin8Jan. 6, 13 9:13 AM

Unless you are even remotely familiar with the misconduct cases you can’t really say if they had merit, or not, plain and simple, but , if any of them are anything like that video that accompanies this story, then please feel free to point out at which point those polices officers felt threatened; right after the suspect let go of the fence, stopped running and put his hands up, or when they tackled him and started hitting and kicking him, or when the officer pulled out his Billy club and started hitting him while the others held him down all the while the cop with the Billy club appears to be looking out for the arrival of the cops who were on foot, whom once arrived, the officers first on the scene stop hitting the suspect. Great police work, there. The line that separates the good guys from the bad guys should not be so fine. The laws we have in place are supposed to apply to everyone, and when that type of ‘good police work’ is used, the line that separates the cop from the criminal has gotten even fainter and people who would have otherwise been charged and perhaps convicted, go free. It’s unfortunate that the actions of a few can have such an effect on the rest of the force, those who do not cross that line, who understand the chain of events and are able to maintain the integrity of their part of the process so that instead of paying out a lawsuit for misconduct, the city is able to successfully prosecute and convict.

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