Rybak again defends Harteau over police inquiries

  • Article by: STAFF REPORT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 9:37 PM

The dispute involves the investigation of high-profile incidents.

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dflleftDec. 26, 13 8:47 PM

THE CULTURE in the MPLS police dept has been real bad for a very long time; why do you think they DON'T wangt to wear cameras?

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fwallenDec. 26, 13 9:10 PM

The union is solidly in place for the status quo. Unfortunately rogue cops continue to get the union leaders support. Too many great and good cops, the majority, are diminished by this.

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mnpls123Dec. 26, 13 9:23 PM

What part of the CULTURE is bad? Arresting bad guys and throwing them in jail? The city needs to tell the activist cry babies to go away and let the police do their job.

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LicoriceDec. 26, 13 9:28 PM

I'm disappointed in the governor's reaction. It looks to outsiders like me that a lot of people want Harteau to fail. Glad Ryback spoke up.

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samiamDec. 27, 1312:47 AM

Rybak obviously has made some poor choices in regards to the police department throughout his tenure. Remember McManus?

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donethatDec. 27, 13 5:01 AM

My opinion is that, so far, Harteau is doing a great job. Give her a chance. She's brought more accountability in her short tenure than any chief I've seen in the 14 years I've worked at the City. She made a terrific decision to involve the BCA and the Gov is upset, not with the plan, but with the way she did it, oh wah. I wish the Mayor would stay out of it. Harteau is a tough chief, she can stand on her own. After years of citizens condemning the lack of police accountability, now we have a Chief who's focused on doing something about it. Agree or not, she fired two cops and the union backed off...unheard of!! Let's see if she can follow through on clearing out the few rogue cops. I, for one, support her and wish her the best.

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ShelleyjolDec. 27, 13 8:39 AM

Predictions 2014: 1. Minneapolis' crime will surge due to the escalating cop apathy as a result of the feud with administration, a purposeful "slowdown," and the obvious antagonism between the incoming mayor Hodges and the R/F. 2. Harteau will be gone before end of year, possibly before or during the summer crime spike.

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rlwr51Dec. 27, 1311:26 AM

I used to think Rybak was a decent mayor, he has lost my confidence to the point of, if he's for it I'm against it.

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rlwr51Dec. 27, 1311:33 AM

"Harteau said turning over the investigations to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will help restore public trust in the department." - - - - - - - - Actually responding to crime would help. How about patrolling areas where gunfire is a nightly occurrence? How about responding to crime? When the owner of the laptop stolen at the U contacted MPD that he had located his laptop, they said they didn't have time to respond and it was U of M police who tracked down the thief.

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