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New Ulm settles fatal crash case for $570,000

July 15, 2013

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The city of New Ulm has agreed to pay $570,000 to family members of two people killed when a police car crashed into their vehicle two years ag....

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Jul-18-13 12:02 AM

I would definitely be fired if I killed two people and cost my employer several hundred thousands of dollars. What is the City Manager waiting for?

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Jul-17-13 10:27 AM

Two lives were lost due to his actions that day. That to me is much more important than the money involved.

His reckless behavior caused their deaths and that is the thing than none of us here in New Ulm can afford.

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Jul-17-13 1:11 AM

I realize that the city needed to stand behind him so long as the civil suit was open. I would hope they would cut their losses now that he has proven to be a huge liability.

Who among us would still have a job if we cost our employer $570,000 through a careless action in our job? We all make mistakes, but there is a difference between a mistake and negligence. I know that if my boss didn't choose to fire me, his insurance company would see to it that he did.

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Jul-16-13 11:00 PM

Dash cam video is on liveleak dot com, search New Ulm. You can use it to find out how fast he was going by doing a little math problem. distance/time equals velocity. Myron Wieland is a corrupt cop that covers for careless cops. Time to pull the veil off New Ulm.

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Jul-16-13 8:05 PM

Here's the Dash Cam video, ***********liveleak****/view?i=393_1373886698

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Jul-16-13 2:16 PM

I saw one zipping through the Target parking lot a while ago going between 30 and 40 MPH. This was right through the rows of cars. I almost called him in.

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Jul-16-13 8:18 AM

Oh and it was on North Minnesota ST.With kids playing on the sidewalks,Wish I would have got video of it for Kare 11 news.

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Jul-16-13 8:15 AM

Seen a cop go by my work to other day then he turned around and punched it for well over a block with no lights on then slowed down and turned the corner like nothing was even going on,Wonder when it will happen again.

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Jul-16-13 1:45 AM

It isn't that hard to accidentally end up going around 40 MPH on Garden, particularly on that little hill by Oak Street. If this officer would have patiently pursued the speeding vehicle at, say, 45 MPH with lights and sirens on, this probably wouldn't have happened. There is absolutely no reason to EVER be going 70 through a residential neighborhood where any little kid could have darted out into the street. How very irresponsible. How this man avoided a trial is beyond me. Whether he was guilty or not, he should have had a trial.

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Jul-16-13 12:24 AM

Dana, where can I find your website?

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Jul-15-13 7:38 PM

"MakeMyDay"...Does it really matter if Brian was paralized? That fact then, only makes the "accident" more tragic.

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Jul-15-13 6:15 PM

I noticed NUPD had their monitor telling you how fast you are traveling on Garden Street. Was that for the officer involved as a reminder?

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Jul-15-13 1:08 PM

Correction: I should have proof read my text better before I sent my earlier comment. My comment should have read: prosecutor not prospector (auto corect) Also, there should be a period between those 2 statements instead of a comma.

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Jul-15-13 12:22 PM

Gee, how did her son get paralized in the 1st place?

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Jul-15-13 10:46 AM

The fact that this kid still has a job on the new police department is tragic and a shame! A complete embarrassment to this city, in my opinion, the redwood prospector had to be biased in his grand jury presentation. A complete conflict of interest. Redwood county is too close to brown! That is the only way Rasmussen could have escaped and gotten away without being charged. He needs to be reprimanded and fired immediately ! In addition, he needs to be banned from any law enforcement position anywhere in the future.

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Jul-15-13 10:15 AM

Just stand up and admit guilt New Ulm!! A citizen driving that fast in town would be serving time in jail. Read the witness statements. After reading the website of the brother, it's not about the settlement/money. It's about justice. How can this policeman not be reprimanded??

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Jul-15-13 2:16 AM

It still makes me mad that he didn't get anything. I can't believe that a cop is allowed to do that sort of thing. If it were an ordinary citizen, they would be behind bars right now. Police officers should be held to a higher standard, not above it. They shouldn't get a free pass.

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