Minneapolis police and excessive force: Address the outliers

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 2, 2013 - 7:09 PM

Excessive-force complaints can’t be allowed to accumulate.

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drfranktJul. 2, 13 9:21 PM

"Address the Outliers"...BS! Address the Policemen's Union! This is the source of the problems. They support the those that are sworn to "protect and serve" no matter the problems and issues they have caused throughout the years. Those with the most seniority are those they protect the most because they are the ones that have paid the most in union dues to the "leaders" of the union. This is a perfect reason to get rid of public unions. How many "bad cops" have been saved by this union despite the cost to the taxpaying public over the years? If the money was taken from the union to pay the costs, I'll be there is a sudden and drastic change in the union support towards these wayward civil servants!

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oriyahJul. 2, 1311:13 PM

I want to know this officer's assignment. It makes more sense to receive these complaints if he's assigned to a Unit where force is more a part of the job (SWAT? Gangs? Drugs?). I wouldn't expect this # of complaints for a daytime patrol officer in uptown. Officers can get less complaints if they are never in positions which require dangerous situations which may go wrong.

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supervon2Jul. 3, 13 5:35 AM

Note to citizens: There are a lot of officers that take measures to avoid being first on the scene and get involved. When you have an officer that does their duty to serve and protect you better hope that the first one actually tries to live up to that magnitude.

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badcopperJul. 3, 13 6:28 AM

The "thin blue line" is a juvenile concept. Grow up boys and girls.

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tandabussJul. 3, 13 7:52 AM

Good editorial!

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guacamoleoleJul. 3, 13 7:58 AM

Protect and serve. LOL. Serve who? and in what order?

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FrankLJul. 3, 13 8:12 AM

Instead of settling, the city needs to drag these carpet bagger lawyers through the wringer. Fight every one of these suits with lots of motions and delays. Nickel and dime these lawyers and they'll go find someone else to sue.

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badcopperJul. 3, 13 8:44 AM

He should be fired or fined. This guy is a one man cost center. why would any organization keep an employee around that has a pattern of behavior that cost the employer close to $1MM? That's 10 additional cops that could be employed for one year! Oh yeah....the Union.

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luxaeternaJul. 3, 13 8:55 AM

Few things are more damaging to police/community relations than a few bad cops. The police have to address the problem of repeat offenders in their own ranks and get them off the streets one way or another.

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theleadpiperJul. 3, 13 9:18 AM

I see the Mpls Police Union shills are out in force continuing to try to convince the community that good policing means cracking soeone over the head with a flashlight. The evidence is overwhelming, including internal city reports attesting to the depth and magnitude of this problem. No, it is not ambulance chasing lawyers leading to these payouts but criminal activity on the part of the MPD. I think the editorial is quite weak and ignores a significant problem in the MPD with excessive force that has been around for decades. This problem has now resulted in the execution style murder of a citizen. The pervasiveness is beyond just a few bad cops. It is a police force comfortable with zero accountability and city leadership more afraid of the police union than the outrage of its citizens. The citizens need to demand that the MN BCA or the Federal DOJ conduct a thorough review of the department and the reinstatement of the powers stripped from the Civilian Review Board. The MPD is a blight on the great city of Mpls.

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