Wednesday, December 7, 2011
[MN] Unnamed Ramsey County deputy still a cop despite wife's injuries and list of problems
SUICIDE FILES: Sheriff Fletcher supporters who weren't investigated by Internal Affairs
By Jessica Lussenhop
December 5, 2011
[Full article here]
[Excerpts] In this week's feature, we told the story of Ramsey County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Ruettimann, who committed suicide in early October. Shortly before his death, he asked a friend to pass a package of paperwork to this City Pages reporter... Ruettimann believed some deputies were spared Internal Affairs investigations under former Sheriff Bob Fletcher... The reports that Ruettimann pulled on other officers - four in total - cover a variety of offenses, from drunk driving to domestic assault. City Pages determined from a Data Practices request that Ruettimann was correct -- none of the officers were investigated by Internal Affairs for the crimes described in any of the reports. For this reason, City Pages is withholding their names... In 2005, officers responded to a domestic assault call to the same deputy's home. His wife told police they'd fought over who left the toilet seat up, and that he started to choke her. She said he hit her in the face twice, physically threw her out the front door, then "kicked and punched her" when she was able to get back in. Her brother told the cops he'd seen the deputy slap his wife twice and throw her out of the house. The responding officers noted the deputy's wife had visible injuries. A domestic assault case against the deputy was eventually dismissed... In 2000, he was found culpable in an excessive force charge. In 2002, he was faulted for driving conduct. In 2006, he was suspended for four days for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer... Yet another Internal Affairs investigation for "improper procedure" is currently open on the same deputy... Ruettimann said that he believed that the Internal Affairs process under Fletcher had been "corrupt and crooked." However, after new Sheriff Matt Bostrom took office, Ruettimann requested some Internal Affairs investigations of his own... Ruettimann requested three investigations for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer that related to his own troubles...
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