ALARMING: Minneapolis Police, Including Chauvin, Thao, Were RARELY DISCIPLINED For Complaints, Use Of Excessive Force

By John Paluska, Founder of The Daily Fodder

Even though Minneapolis had been successful in implementing some police reforms (when they HAD police, that is), police records showed there was still much more work to be done. For instance, Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed George Floyd by suffocating him, was reportedly a regular old Robert Byrd before George Floyd. According to police records, Chauvin had 18 complaints against him, with Minneapolis only reprimanding him for two.

As Oklahoma's News 4 reports:
[Michelle] Gross, of the non-profit Communities United Against Police Brutality, argues that Chauvin — who had 18 prior complaints filed against him and received reprimands for only two of them — exemplifies the way problematic officers repeatedly thwart accountability in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo outlined a vision for change at a press conference on Wednesday, saying that he was withdrawing from contract negotiations with the police union, which he suggested has constrained reform. The city’s own data shows how rare disciplinary action has been for years within the department that Arradondo and other reform-minded chiefs have headed.

Only about 1.5% of complaints filed against Minneapolis police have resulted in suspensions, terminations or demotions between 2013 and 2019, according to a CNN analysis of data from the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review, which investigates complaints. That office, which is separate from the police department but works with officers to resolve complaints, received about 2,013 complaints against police within its jurisdiction in that time.
Granted, many times an officer complaint is complete hogwash, but the fact that only 1.5% of them turned out to be acted upon seems suspect, especially since police bodycams on officers "battling" the war on drugs (which is perhaps the most blatantly obvious example of systemic police brutality) alone have yielded HUNDREDS of examples of drug plants.

Nevertheless, it says Chauvin was only reprimanded for two of his complaints. Well, what were they for? A demeaning tone and using derogatory language. But that isn't the only particularly odd happenstance of this police force. Thao, the other officer, had a 2017 settled lawsuit over excessive police force. 

Lamar Ferguson, whom news reports stated was beaten in an alley by police, is another black man who was clearly the subject of police brutality. According to CNN, "the officers used 'unreasonable force,' including 'punches, kicks and knees to the face and body while Ferguson was defenseless and handcuffed.' As a result, Ferguson suffered broken teeth, bruising and trauma, the lawsuit says."

What the hell kind of police force keeps an officer on who beat the crap of out someone in a back alley? The lawsuit was "settled" over just $25,000. I think someone who is beaten in an alley by cops deserves a little more than that. And I also think any cop that uses excessive force should be fired immediately.


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