Thursday, February 10, 2011
[MN] New Ramsey Co. Sheriff Bostrom suspended discipline of deputy accused of wife-abuse
Ramsey County Sheriffs past and present, Bob Fletcher and Matt Bostrom
Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher:
"... A person with anger issues and a history of violence against women should never be allowed to carry a gun and a badge"...
Was the deputy wrongly suspended or wrongly rescued from his discipline? Minneapolis Police Internal Affairs is investigating.
RAMSEY SHERIFF’S CAMPAIGN RILES SCANDAL: Deputy’s ex-wife accuses him of choking her
FOX 9 News
by Tom Lyden
10 Feb 2011
[Excerpts] ...There are plenty of questions floating around. Did former [Ramsey County] Sheriff Bob Fletcher demote an officer because he supported his opponent, or is the new sheriff [Matt Bostrom] giving the deputy a second chance he doesn’t deserve? Scenes from Bostrom’s campaign trail show Ramsey County Deputy Dan Ruittimann was one of his earliest supporters, but behind the scenes, Ruittimann was having personal troubles. Ruittimann’s ex-wife was accusing him of trying to choke her and used grainy photos of her bruised neck to get a restraining order. New Brighton police investigated their domestic troubles last summer after Ruittimann allegedly told his ex-wife, "I’m gonna ----ing kill your father tonight" and then made a cutting motion across his throat. No criminal charges were filed, but Ramsey County’s Internal Affairs Unit determined it was "conduct unbecoming of an officer." Before leaving office, Fletcher demoted Ruittimann, taking his gun and badge. Bostrom, however, suspended the discipline the day he took office, alleging that Fletcher had punished them for supporting his opponent... election records show that Ruittimann gave money to the Bostrom both directly and through a political action committee, and gave his campaign more than $1,000. Fletcher declined to comment on the internal affairs investigation, but said, "This New Brighton police report speaks for itself. A person with anger issues and a history of violence against women should never be allowed to carry a gun and a badge." That statement makes a moment from the campaign where Bostrom talked about the lessons they’ve learned about domestic violence seem somewhat ironic... [Full article here]
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