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NUPD disciplinary report: Issues cited in Rasmussen’s punishment for fatal crash

July 19, 2013

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Police Department officer involved in the double fatality crash on July 8, 2011 was suspended without pay in April 2012 because of the accident, and he had other issues in the......

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Aug-01-13 4:07 PM

From my understanding from the kids that know him, Rasmussen is a prime example of "Little Man" syndrome. He rolls around with a chip on his shoulder and treats everyone like garbage. SO it shouldn't be a surprise that Weiland is supporting him.

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Aug-01-13 12:56 AM

FYI--League of Minnesota Cities -829 city members-10 township members-55 special district members-total 894 members-$750000.00 divided by 894 is $838.93. $838.93 divided by 13000 residents is .0645 cents. That's .03 cents per New Ulm tax payer per life.

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Jul-23-13 8:38 AM

How can our community feel safe when we have an officer who operates under his own set of rules ? Further, how can we further feel safe when the leadership of our city believes the appropriate action is nothing more than a slap on the wrist ? Two people lost their lives due to the direct actions of this insubordinate officer. Just why is he still employed ?

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Jul-22-13 8:42 PM

Thank you Reason2Puke I knew you would understand a Red Green reference.

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Jul-22-13 6:54 PM

Also just leave it go because its gonna hurt the town who cares what it does to the town the only people it hurt were killed duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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Jul-22-13 6:52 PM

So to the people that are saying let this go, I hope you lose 2 family members and the cop goes unpunished, I hope you are happy with money over family, because that is what you are saying. If I were to drive down a street in this town and kill someone say goodbye to me, because I would be in prison for life, not a slap on the wrist, they are suppose to protect and serve not swerve and kill.

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Jul-22-13 6:43 PM

As a tax payer I want an explanation from the chief of police of why the city excepted fault and yet Rassmussen is still on the force?

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Jul-22-13 6:39 PM

I have personally been grabbed by officer rasmussen and he slammed my head into the truck of his squad car because of a comment I made. Now all I said was a few words does that give a cop the right to grab me and slam me head first absolutely not even the other officer asked rasmussen what his problem was and that he was out of line. I know first hand what kind of a waste of space he is.

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Jul-22-13 5:17 PM

This most recent series of posts has brought tremendous clarity to your issues. Thank you for that.

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Jul-22-13 10:26 AM

NEWS FLASH: Sisyphus gets one up the hill!

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Jul-22-13 3:02 AM

NUPD Chief Myron Wieland declined to comment Thursday on Rasmussen's disciplinary report, citing the need to review the file before making any statements. How many times in the last 2 years has he made this statement, my count is seven. Me thinks hes a member of the Possum Brotherhood; (QUANDO OMNI FLUNKUS MORITATI)

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Jul-22-13 2:50 AM


But internal police department documents say Rasmussen's actions demonstrated "substandard decision making," that his performance constituted "misfeasance of duty" and that the department had been notified more than once about his "aggressive" driving. The file also indicates he was too focused on ticketing traffic violators and mentions other complaints about Rasmussen's driving: "New Ulm Police Department administration has been notified by the public and a member of another agency that Officer Rasmussen's driving conduct had been aggressive."

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Jul-21-13 11:11 PM

FYI, If not for the ‘attempted’ coverup this case would have be prosecuted, the officer fired and that would have been it for the punishment phase. On to the civil case. If the city would not have claimed responsibility for the officer the settlement could have been considerably less. Now I’m told this was an unusually high settlement. Oh well on to the punishment phase, again only this time without the cover-up. Perhaps you should look closer to “home” for the lawyer responsible for your woes. You do know that settlement is funded by “The League of Minnesota Cities”. That means most cities in Minnesota are paying for New Ulms’ incompetence. I wonder how they feel.

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Jul-21-13 9:11 PM

Ah MakeMyDay, most people don't have the kind of access you have to "public"records. I assume your referring to the night I drove by a cop on a stop and honked my horn at him, proceeded up to the next intersection, hung a U turn and drove by him again and yelled, "EAT ME" as I drove by? I got $180.00 fine and 6 months probation but it was worth every penny to get that out of my system. Oh ya, my insurance more than doubled. I don't think the cowboy cop even got a speeding ticket. And another thing, are you the big red or the big black?

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Jul-21-13 8:08 PM

You know, I decided to do some checking of Minnesota Courts Public Access records on line to see why Dana Wichmann hates the police so much. Do the search people and you'll see what he's been up to and he complains about the officer's driving habits?

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Jul-21-13 8:20 AM

Hippie, "Any lawsuits you start will only hurt the city of New Ulm." In this case, that statement is sounds like a B.S. cop-out to justify inaction! Check the record books, if memory serves me right, the body count of the NUPD goes a little beyond the 2 talked about in this story. Reality check: Leave this one alone and you are condoning the problem.

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Jul-20-13 7:58 PM

You got your money just let it be. Any lawsuits you start will only hurt the city of New Ulm. I think officer Rasmussen should no longer be allowed to be a New Ulm police officer. His tactics in catching speeders was to sneek up on you and get right on your ass and then turn on his lights and sirens. I have seen this in town many times not just him.

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Jul-20-13 8:59 AM

Wow! If this was a story out of the LA time about the LAPD, I think it would be an easier pill to swallow. LA, big city, stuff happens; NU small town, people are suppose to be to dumb to think of something like this. I really have to agree with though that this is not a done issue. Two people are dead because of vicarious incompetence. One because a dumb cop was allowed to continue his stupid behavior after being cough several times, and a PD that essentially permitted the bad acts to continue; inadvertently or overtly, doesn't matter. Just curious - Does the name, 'Brennan' ring a bell?!

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Jul-20-13 8:54 AM

Dana, First of all I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mom and brother I can only imagine the pain your are in. As a fellow class mate I had the privilege of meeting your mom and brother. Two of the sweetest people you could ever know. This should not have happened and I hope you get the justice you desire.

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Jul-19-13 10:13 PM

When one says the victim(s) should have seen or been able to judge the speed of which the officer was driving I offer you the following. Officer Rassmussen was traveling 103 feet a second based on 70 mph when he should have driving 44 feet per second or the posted speed limit. Sad story but one that could have been prevented. There are many of us who could have been in this exact same situation.

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Jul-19-13 8:59 PM

I am pretty sure the driver turning saw the police car a long way away before turning considering the officer was going twice the speed assigned to the street. Considering the driver was over 80 yrs old may have something to do with it too.

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Jul-19-13 5:33 PM

Reason2Puke, or should I say councilor. My accusation is clear and simple. This cop was witnessed doing the exact same thing in the exact same area multiple times before. It’s documented and sworn to. The cop through some twisted logic would turn his lights and or siren off when traffic cleared and continue his pursuit if that’s what he calls it. At first I thought he probably did this to turn the camera off as not to record his incompetence. As time passes and more pieces of the puzzle appear I’m really thinking there is much more to this story, shockingly more. The putrid facts are getting clearer with each email I receive. I was always told the cream rises to the top but in my 60 years I have found that crap rises even faster if it has enough fat in it. Dana Wichmann

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Jul-19-13 4:47 PM

Sounds like a cover up to me

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Jul-19-13 3:54 PM

Do not, I repeat do not let something like this go to a grand jury with a cop or a important person. Go right to a civil lawsuit before it can go to a grand jury. If your lawyer wants to go to a grand jury, get a new one fast. A grand jury will always find a cop innocent or a lesser charge. This also has the result of blowing the civil trial which is the purpose. The county attorney is the grand jury. He runs it and picks most of it. It is a closed session and you do not even know what happened or the names of the so called hand picked jury. Study up on a grand jury.

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Jul-19-13 2:36 PM

Reason2Puke-I appreciate your ability to express with sensitivity and sensibility the thoughts that I couldn't find words for myself.

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