Gang Strike Force officers blow their own cover online

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 2:15 PM

One officer's Metro Gang Strike Force affiliation is on classmates.com; another is on a website citing a medal he got for undercover work.

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linngrenMay. 16, 09 6:14 PM

nice work Randy! always love it when the arrogance of a group like this can be busted in public.

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didyouknowMay. 16, 09 6:25 PM

if they get to try and sue for advertising their ids and names what about officals,fbi,law enforcement that keep track of corruption whistleblowers and inform their friends in the city departments in every city the person tries to live to harass and threaten and block investigations-isnt that real intentional life endangerment....especially when publically placing this info is the only way to get justice...your case will never be heard because a rich man will lose alot of money-nice message they send too....and the list of events and names keeps growing...how much tax dollars are wasted on this...

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rodshoberMay. 16, 09 6:31 PM

You putting their names in the paper and someone elese having to search their name and then find it out is two entirely different things. An example: I state that a Star Tribune writer has had a penchant for small boys. I do not give a name. If you spent enough time researching down the line of writers and cross referencing, you could find out who. Second, I just give you the name of the writer. Which one is wholly simpler????

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RedFuryMay. 16, 09 7:12 PM

Thanks for once again going after cops who are trying to protect reporters like you! Why don't you try working with gang members instead of hiding behind your laptop. It is reporters like you who will be the demise of this paper. Why not report on something positive instead of dragging cops through mud. You should be embarrased for putting this to print! Will you be there help these cops once their families, homes are affected by your burning desire to help criminals locate these guys?

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killermebeMay. 16, 09 7:58 PM

Sounds like more cops whining about something that's their own fault. So many of you are like little kids wanting attention for your next act. I don't care to hear your BS and I'm tired of you flushing tax dollars down the drain because you think you're so GD special. You want respect? Try saying hello please and thank you once in a while you fraternity of overpaid under worked space wasters.

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ceemeefleeMay. 16, 09 7:59 PM

this is another example of incompetence. is there any one who can work on a independent level and not embezzle, blow a horn on some one just to blow,set up a wanna be so they can fake be and so on.......... i am not for the rules,but then again i am not against them. lets grow up and live fair.

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kalanihiloMay. 16, 09 9:14 PM

I come from a family of law enforcement and military. I never give pause to blame cops as a whole. However, unsanctioned tax payer "drills", kids being shot while possibly being unarmed with a gun with zero forensics, and cops taking $100 really frightens me. If our society is obligated to pay cops, we must only have good cops. If we as a society have to play by the rules, cops absolutely must play by the rules. Cops are not above the law but rather role models. If the role model is broken, they must turn in their badge and gun or seek counciling.

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dchefwendigoMay. 16, 09 9:34 PM

its always been this way. i hope the crooked cops read the paper. its called corruption and its not just cops. it goes to the top of the government.

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inrealityMay. 16, 0910:16 PM

of Public Safety. I also agree with some of the other comments that our Public Safety employees need to be held to high standards and they must also obey our laws. Although I support Public Safety and feel we should give them the benefit of the doubt in many cases I have a problem when I see a squad car turning without a turn signal or rolling through a stop sign. I have a problem with the early retirement we give law enforcement because they are supporse to have higher stress jobs then we do yet we allow them to work tons of overtime in many departments. If it is such a stressful job then why are we allowing the overtime? This has to put them over the edge. I also have a problem when their are sworn officers doing civilian work yet they stay on the law enforcement retirement. I think we should support our Public Safety sector & pay them well but we also need to demand accountability from them and hold them to standards. There are many good people working in Public Safety so lets remember not to let a handful of them taint the reputations of everyone. Also, we have to realize that many of our elected officials and Public Safety management are the ones making the policies that the rest have to adhere to. Many times these policies are political in nature.

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mnishiMay. 16, 0911:06 PM

You must feel very insecure about your job if you need to put the names of those undercover in here. I hope you get your job cut in the next round of layoffs at the Strib. You deserve it!

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