Newspaper unfair to Minneapolis police

  • Article by: JOHN DELMONICO
  • Updated: May 23, 2013 - 7:17 PM

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ebfauvelMay. 23, 13 8:27 PM

"[T]he investigation of an officer's conduct following a critical incident is a criminal investigation in which the officer is the 'suspect,' and that, under the Fifth Amendment, police officers - like all other citizens - are not required to ever give a statement."

I would like to know if there are consequences for such an officer who pleads the Fifth. Police are not ordinary citizens; they are granted extraordinary power. With that power comes heightened responsibility and accountability. Any officer who would plead the Fifth after a "critical incident" is, in my opinion, no longer fit for duty.

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kallman11May. 23, 13 9:04 PM

What else would you expect from the head of the Union? Not fair? Cops dole out street justice every day and that's fair? What wasn't fair is a police vehicle running a red light a half hour after the initial incident and now an innocent guy is dead.

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hobie2May. 23, 13 9:22 PM

Name one instance of an officer found negligent - or even culpable - of felonious assault when they over-reacted and they or a policy injured or killed someone... We have clear videos of police beating unarmed cuffed people over the hood of a car, prostrate people kicked, and people who had their arms up defending themselves from strikes being beaten for "resisting arrest" for putting their arms up and covering their heads, and the Police Review system found them all "justifiable force"... Beating a 12 year old with a baton is justifiable? A man with hands cuffed behind him? Covering your head from a baton is resiting arrest... You get assault convictions where assaults were made, and then come back and maybe your article will be meaningful.

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F4GIBMay. 23, 13 9:34 PM

The writer asks "Worse, the article included the source’s unnecessary speculation that investigators were “treating one of their own” better than a nonofficer would be treated." Note that he never denies that the investigators WERE treating one of their own better than an ordinary civilian.

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furguson11May. 23, 1311:15 PM

The fair is in August.

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rshacklefordMay. 23, 1311:32 PM

I like this union rep author. He can always feel free to inform the Strib's journalists that "officer (name) is considered a suspect in a criminal investigation and has exercised his/her Fifth Amendment rights so until the officer decides to talk about what happened, please do not speculate as to what actually happened." That would help to stop the speculation but a telephone inquiry and/or public notification each day, to learn if the officer has decided to speak yet, would still be justifiable. The employer of the MPD (aka the public) has a right to know exactly what its employees have done and are doing. And I like how Janee has started a no-nonsense approach to cleaning house.

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firefight41May. 24, 13 7:11 AM

What wasn't fair is a police vehicle running a red light a half hour after the initial incident and now an innocent guy is dead. ******************* The dead person ran into the police vehicle, not the other way around.

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tmrichardsonMay. 24, 13 7:25 AM

Wow! Not only does this piece NOT make me trust the police any more, it makes me pat the STRIB on the back for any efforts to dig into the truth. I also have a new appreciation for police leadership's efforts to "clean house". I have news for this officer--if they want respect, realize that they have to be held to a much higher standard!

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ollie3May. 24, 13 7:42 AM

"The Star Tribune could also have informed its readers, contrary to the speculation from its ill-informed source, that most officers do talk to critical-incident investigators, but not until they are physically and psychologically able to give an accurate statement and the investigation is near completion"----------mmmmHmmm...wonder how often the police place a high priority on ensuring that suspects who aren't cops are allowed time for physical and mental healing, and for the rest of the investigation to be completed, before being questioned.

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balderdashedMay. 24, 13 8:10 AM

Forget holding police to a higher standard. If we merely think police should be held to the same standard as ordinary citizens, Delmonico's argument is dubious. If the procedures followed in this case are truly the proper and most effective way to conduct an investigation, I would expect the MPD to apply the reasoning here to investigating other cases that have claimed a life. In other words -- or in Delmonico's -- nobody involved should be interviewed until police make sure "they are physically and psychologically able to give an accurate statement." Those who are most directly involved should be interviewed only when "the investigation is near completion." And let's remember that they are not required to ever give a statement.

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