Minneapolis cops rarely disciplined in big-payout cases

  • Article by: Alejandra Matos and Randy Furst , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 3, 2013 - 2:06 PM

Minneapolis paid nearly $14M in cases of alleged misconduct from 2006-2012.

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rshacklefordJun. 1, 1311:56 PM

(direct from the article): "City Attorney Susan Segal denied that assertion, and said decisions on discipline and whether to defend or settle lawsuits are separate." ---- I will never believe anything City Attorney Segal says. Why? She sold out all Minneapolitans to Zygi Wilf, Roger Goodell, Art Rooney, Lester Bagley, Ted Mondale, etc. Had it not been for her bizarre interpretation of the "citizens' right to vote ordinance with regard to stadiums" (her interpretation was that the citizens did NOT have a right to vote), she would have kept her integrity. As for Segal's stated claim in this article that officers are in fact disciplined "while litigation is going on," I categorically state that she is wrong: case in point being the recent MPD SWAT team leader/officer incident (aka the videotaped Andover restaurant patio incident). Only AFTER the officer was found guilty of criminal acts in a court of law did the Strib get to learn that the MPD (aka Janee Harteau and her admininistration) were doing the paperwork to try and get rid of the officer. This means that he was NOT disciplined while the case was going on but only afterward! And to now try and say that even if he was found innocent, the MPD would have still terminated his employment, is very unbelievable.

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mrfairJun. 2, 1312:27 AM

The reality is that less than 5% of the victims of Minneapolis Police abuse sue them. Other 95% just accept it because that is how things always been forever. I blame the public that sponsors them thru their tax $$$. Not only it's illegal but immoral to condone with this type of abuse. It's 2013 folks, wake up and ask yourselves if would accept it if the victims were your family.

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ihave2beniceJun. 2, 1312:48 AM

If they don't already, why don't police have to carry their own liability insurance for incidents where they are found in the wrong. Then the city could use the money they save to pay more of its liability of the pension funds they owe. $14M would make a good dent in it.

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herby2013Jun. 2, 13 3:25 AM

Most lawsuits are frivolous and intended to make money for the lawyers first and for the plantiffs second. A recent settlement netted $1.1 for the plantiff and $1.975 million for the attorney. How can you possibly say the motive is not financial, when the attorney makes out like a bandit and gets more than the plaintiff! It can cost more to defend against a baseless lawsuit than to settle. So the incentive for lawyers is to sue no matter what.

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rickbmnJun. 2, 13 7:45 AM

The VAST majority of these payouts are settlements, which means the city attorney made a business decision to pay a claim rather than go to court and let a judge or jury decide. Perhaps it's time to get these cases into court and let the citizens (juries) decide what is real. If it's misconduct, the city pays and officers would (I assume) be disciplined/fired or charged with a crime. If no miscondut, the suing lawyer and party get nothing. Maybe this would encourage the REAL misconduct cases to move forward and leave the ambulance-chasing lawyers behind. Make no mistake, though, I DO believe there is police misconduct, but I also believe there are many lawsuits that are filed simply to shakedown the city. Just need a competent city attorney to make decisions.

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greg62Jun. 2, 13 7:58 AM

Minneapolis needs to quit giving in on these frivolous lawsuits and take them to trial. Quit handing out millions to people who don't deserve it at taxpayers expense.

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greg62Jun. 2, 13 8:07 AM

I think liberals view these awards as a form of reparation which is why they are so loose with taxpayer dollars.

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meltingmessJun. 2, 13 8:08 AM

--------------------- Cyndi Barrington, a Minneapolis police spokeswoman, noted that during the years 2008 to 2012, the city prevailed in 64 of 136 lawsuits. Said Segal: “The vast majority of cases that go to trial, we win.” She said her office might recommend settlement of a case “even when the officer involved has not violated any police policies that would lead to discipline.” -------------------------- Now, my math is not as sharp as it usd to be, but when did winning less than half (64 of 136) of your cases become a "vast majority"?

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timandtiaJun. 2, 13 8:16 AM

Let's all thank the unions for this. What does a reprimand do anyhow? On the other hand, I can see people just "crying" over police force. I also see policewomen/policemen have on of the most difficult jobs in the world. Therefore, my hat is off to our force - good job!

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munsterlandrJun. 2, 13 8:23 AM

Reflections on a jury a couple of years ago in which the person arrested claimed brutality and a broken tooth because he was "flung" down on a car hood, then frisked and cuffed. Of course his testimony was he wasn't resisting arrest. But then one honest neighbor decided this kid that had been terrorizing the neighborhood needed a lesson and spoke out on the truth. As a result, this neighbor had to move because of the personal attacks on her. The idea that suing the police is a ticket to money permeates many neighborhoods.

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