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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

[MN] The "unsupervised probation" behavior of wife-assaulting St. Paul Police Officer Scott Wendell

...Last summer Anoka County sheriff's deputies were called to [St. Paul Police Officer Scott Wendell's] home for allegedly assaulting his wife. Those charges will eventually be dismissed... He is on unsupervised probation... LeAnn Tonn said Wednesday that Wendell beat her son, Luke Prescott, 28, while he was in a holding cell at the Ramsey County jail... Prescott was never booked into the jail that evening. The incident, if it occurred, he said, would have been in a separate holding area made available to state and local law enforcement agencies...

ST. PAUL COP ALLEGEDLY BEATS UP ARRESTED SUSPECT

Officer thought suspect sold marijuana to daughter
Myfox9
Tom Lyden
Monday, 09 Feb 2009
A St. Paul police officer allegedly beat up an arrested suspect who he thought was selling marijuana to his daughter. Luke Prescott was under arrest on November 7th, 2008, when Officer Scott Wendell assaulted Prescott... Prescott was so badly injured; he was taken to the hospital rather than admitted to the jail... Wendell has allegedly had trouble with his temper before. Last summer Anoka County sheriff's deputies were called to his home for allegedly assaulting his wife. Those charges will eventually be dismissed. Wendell is a 10-year veteran of the department and has a clean internal affairs file. [Full article here]

ST. PAUL COP INVESTIGATED IN ALLEGED OFF-DUTY ASSAULT
TwinCities.com
By Mara H. Gottfried mgottfried@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 02/10/2009
A St. Paul police officer is the subject of a criminal investigation for allegedly assaulting a man while off duty... Wendell became a St. Paul police officer in 1999 and has no record of departmental disciplinary action, Panos said. He is on unsupervised probation in Anoka County, where he lives, for a misdemeanor domestic assault case. Wendell pleaded not guilty to the domestic assault charge filed in April. It was continued for dismissal on July 14 with conditions that he not commit assault, abusive behavior, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and other offenses, according to the court register of actions. His probation ends July 14, 2009. [Full article here]

ST. PAUL OFFICER INVESTIGATED FOR ASSAULT
St. Paul police officer on desk duty as investigation into alleged assault undertaken.

Minneapolis Star Tribune, MN
Anthony Lonetree
February 11, 2009 - 11:06 PM
A St. Paul police officer is being investigated for aggravated assault after a man complained he was beaten while in police custody last November... LeAnn Tonn said Wednesday that Wendell beat her son, Luke Prescott, 28, while he was in a holding cell at the Ramsey County jail. She said Prescott told her Wendell had beaten him while he was handcuffed. Her son had to be taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment... When she saw her son the following day, she said, he had a turban-like bandage around his head and bloody clothes. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher, whose office runs the jail, said Prescott was never booked into the jail that evening. The incident, if it occurred, he said, would have been in a separate holding area [how special!] made available to state and local law enforcement agencies... [Full article here]
[officer-involved domestic violence, oidv, minnesota]

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  2. Thank you for that stirring recap of Luke's criminal failings.

    Let us all think for a moment about Scott Wendell entering a secured police facitlity under the color of law, and then beating a handcuffed prisoner. Inexcusable.

    He needs to be removed from office.

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  3. Luke may be a lot of things but he didn't have that coming. Sold weed to Wendell's daughter huh? More than likely the other way around. I know the girl, she ain't exactly sweet and innocent! Most the people with bad things to say about him are just as if not more guilty than they claim he his

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  5. This is supposed to be a blog about police brutality. The fact of the matter is that an officer of the law commited a criminal act of violence. Supposedly he had a personal issue with Luke, something that he took upon himself and used "The Blue Wall" to deal with, that is the issue, not whether or not Luke "deserved" what he got, because nobody deserves to be beaten to oblivion by an officer while illegally handcuffed in a cell payed for by the taxpayers.

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  6. Scott Wendell should be held accountable for his violent behavior, just as an ordinary citizen would be. It is a felony assault and should be charged as such.

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  7. You read every day about police brutality, yet you very seldom hear the outcome of the charges. I think this officer wendell should be front page news, let the public know whats going on behind this blue wall.

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  8. The tax payers are paying this officer Wendell's salary as well as many other rouge officers, they have every right to decide if these are the men in blue they want to pay to keep them safe!

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  10. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    Okay "Prescott"- I have no idea why you would use that as your screen name but its obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about (drugs will do that to you). Call the news and tell them that Luke is seriously in fear for his life, as are his family since the day the police threatened to "accidently" shoot everyone. Luke will get what he deserves, but it is not death. I think your concerned neighborhood should be more worried about what will happen when the people with guns and badges show up at your door accusing you of things you actually did not do. Like I said, Luke will get what he deserves and hopefully so will the many "officers of the law" that have gotten away with too much for too long. It will all come out in the wash and when it does Luke will be safe to serve his time.

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  12. AnonymousMay 09, 2009

    The bottom line it is that it doesnt matter what any one of us think, Luke and Scott are both going to end up in court where their fate will be decided for them, no mattter what the rest of us want.

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  14. AnonymousMay 18, 2009

    right on Ree,that is keepin it real

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  15. AnonymousMay 19, 2009

    So which is it- is he a thief and a homewrecker or does he have a big heart? Since you seem to know him so well and think we should all keep it real.

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  17. I didn't comprehend the last comment so if it overstepped the lines into other people's lives who are not related to this case - in a harmful way, please let me know.

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  18. informedindividualMay 21, 2009

    im with ree on this one... The bottom line in this whole deal is that the POLICE OFFICER BROKE THE LAW. yes luke is a troublemaker, yes he has a drug problem, and YES... WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT, LUKE IS A GOOD PERSON. he like the rest of us has made poor choices perhaps poorer than you or I but no matter what he DID NOT deserve what wendell dished out. Wendell should be held to a higher standard than an average citizen because he is trusted to uphold the law NOT BREAK IT!

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  19. The point of this blog entry is not Luke. Luke is not an officer with powers of arrest, appointed to a position of trust by the public.

    Luke deserves due process regardless of any and everything.

    I think I'll delete some posts here today, and not approve the one that just came in.

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  20. AnonymousJune 15, 2009

    If we can't expect everyone to be perfect why should we expect police to be perfect? I don't know the facts involved but I do know how I would react, or at least want to react, if I believed someone was corrupting one of my three kids. Let’s enjoy our rights but let’s also be careful not to hide behind them.

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  21. AnonymousJune 16, 2009

    You are partially right. The facts of the case though are that this really did not have anything to do with the "corruption" of someones daughter. There is a whole lot more to this story. In fact it actually had nothing to do with the daughter, that was just an excuse to justify inexcusable behavior and make the victim out to be the bad guy and try to ruin his reputation for future protection. This assault happened inside a jail cell while Luke was in police handcuffs, unable to defend himself. Although officers are just poeple like the rest of us, they know what is expected of them when they take that oath. The Mpls. officer that was just on trial for the shooting death of a man a while ago was just arrested last week for domestic assault, just as Scott Wendell had been. Maybe we need to rethink the qulaifications to become an officer, becuase they can do things that normal citizens cant.

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  22. Officer Wendell should be charged with assault as a civilian as he was not on duty and if he was just a regular citizen he would be charged as such. He is being allowed to hide behind his badge. Luke Prescott is not on trial here, officer Wendell is.

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  23. The trial of officer Wendell started yesterday 4-26. Is anybody following up on this story.

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  24. Thank you for the update. Please remind me when it's over and I'll go collect the articles.

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  25. AnonymousMay 03, 2010

    I think his trial ended 04-30-2010. I was in the court room on the first day of the hearing, but have not heard if he was convicted or not.

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  26. AnonymousMay 27, 2010

    He was found "not Guilty". Hopefully this is not the end of this story though.

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  27. AnonymousJune 03, 2010

    it's not the end. Scott Wendell and the Judge are friends. What a joke.

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  28. Scott Wendell is now (as of 01 FEB 2016) in charge of Safety at Bay and Bay Transport in Rosemount, MN where He has to enforce company policy and rules of the road for driver infractions such as speeding, Mow i think that since All drivers can not have a felony conviction, I believe that this policy must be enforced for office staff as well,

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