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NUPD Chief: Rasmussen’s discipline was aimed at being objective, fair

July 23, 2013

NEW ULM  — Police Chief Myron Wieland said Monday the timing and extent of the disciplinary action taken against the NUPD officer involved in the July 2011 double fatality crash were based on an......

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OldJournalCarrier

Jul-23-13 8:02 AM

Officer Rasmussen had to complete an "improvement plan" (whatever that is), while the taxpayers pay the $570,000 bill. Sounds fair to me.

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777777

Jul-23-13 9:17 AM

Now that's typical Human Resources behavior for ya'! Have to always watch your back from potential lawsuits by the employee. Meanwhile, WE are paying this 1/2 million suit! Wouldn't it be easier to first, hire professional officers, and next, discipline heavier for behaviors like his?

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Rightisright

Jul-23-13 9:49 AM

I believe Myron runs a great police force. We live in a very safe community, our officers are willing to help with many community events and for the most part are truly assets to our community. I am not sure anyone would want Myron's job-we need to give credit where credit is due.

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NUinRearView

Jul-23-13 10:04 AM

Federal civil rights violations? Humm, might be something to look into. That's what they used in the South during 50's and 60's.

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DawnScheibel

Jul-23-13 10:13 AM

Dana I'm the mother of the DWI victim... I have lots of info that IDE like to share with you regarding a cover up and now the NUPD reporting facts wrong... 6512306427.... Dawn

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OldJournalCarrier

Jul-23-13 10:58 AM

The part I'm not getting is how the two separate punishments were allowed to be combined. And the City Manager and Police Chief saying this is how the city's "system" works. So what exactly is the city's system with regard to combining punishments? Maybe the Journal could do a little digging on this "system"....

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Peaches

Jul-23-13 11:02 AM

Myron is a great police officer/chief and we are lucky to have him here.

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JReader

Jul-23-13 11:07 AM

Being objective and fair to whom ? Certainly not to the victims or the community...

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JessicaB1976

Jul-23-13 11:13 AM

Dawn Scheibel, I could have guessed! First Jim Gulbrandson and now Dawn Scheibel, it keeps getting better.

As stated in other posts, I am in no means defending the actions of Officer Rasmussen on the day of this horrible incident, but enough with the pot shots at our Officers and Chief. Married to a firefighter, I have a ton of respect for the people in the emergency fields.

Sorry Dawn, someone spits in my face and all bets are off. DWI victim, you said victim? WOW!

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OldJournalCarrier

Jul-23-13 11:19 AM

"Sorry Dawn, someone spits in my face and all bets are off." Interesting. Sorry, but as much as you would seem to like, the job of police officers is NOT to administer punishment -- ever! That is what the court system in this country is for, so that cooler heads can prevail....

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mnsotn

Jul-23-13 12:25 PM

I wouldn't take too well to someone dpitting in my face either. I don't think Mr. Wieland is to blame here. He as to be careful as to what he says on the record do as not to open the city to more liability. Officer Rasmussen is a big boy, he can take the heat for this one on his own.

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Twizzy

Jul-23-13 12:53 PM

WOW is right. Also not defending him on the accident . . . but DWI victim? You have to be kidding me. Driving drunk and spits in an officers face? Victim? What a joke. Myron is an exceptional chief and does not have an easy job. I have lived in numerous communities and he really does put his job first and foremost, taking it very seriously.

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DawnScheibel

Jul-23-13 1:44 PM

First of all ... If you can't write something on here without using your name like Dana and I than don't write... 2nd of all... Yes, my son did spit on a police officer after he was slammed to the ground in a parking lot ... Under suspicion of DWI... Do I agree with this? No! He was charged with a felony and served 30 days in jail... Here is what you don't know. My son was hand-cuffed and shackeled at the police department ... He had settled down and Rasmussrn was trying to get him to consent to a blood test ... My son who was of no threat ... Hand cuffed and shackeled ... At this time was ***** slapped across the face so hard his head hit the back of the wall. This was a peace officer who doesn't know how to handle himself and lost his cool. Keep in mind ... My son was drunk and 18... He made poor decisions and has paid the consequencs ... Rassmusen is a trained police officer whose thinking was not impaired and he CHOSE to hit him. I have the video ... Ill post it on YouTube

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SkilledLaborer

Jul-23-13 1:59 PM

If my son where to ever get arrested for DWI and then continued his poor choices and spit at a cop, I would wish the cop would knock his teeth out.

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DawnScheibel

Jul-23-13 2:09 PM

Also ... This doesn't have to be an attack on anyone involved... Police Chief Wieland is a great guy who is stuck dealing with a crappy situation. Dana has lost his mom and brother and is extremely emotionally charged. I am upset because you should be able to trust your children or anyone with a police officer. Do you think my husband and I are happy that our son got into this trouble? Or that he was so upset and intoxicated that he spit on a cop ( by the way ... The cop he spit on was not Rasmussen and he spit on the officers shoe)... But we are dealing with it and moving on... He has served his jail time and is now on probation. But it is upsetting that a police officer would lose his cool to a point that he strikes someone ... It is just very upsetting. Nobody needs to be mean on here ... Enough people have been hurt ...

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DawnScheibel

Jul-23-13 2:13 PM

And skilled laborer ( why stand behind a fake name) you are the problem ... Nobody should have there teeth knocked out and he did get into trouble ... Felony charges ... When he was hit by Rasmussen it had nothing to do with the spitting ... No cop should ever hit anyone that is of no threat.

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newulm67

Jul-23-13 4:21 PM

Dana instead of gong online with your comments, why not go down to the Journal and talk to a reporter for a story. Make more sense and you can present all of your facts for the record.

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Hippie

Jul-23-13 6:55 PM

Holy crap batman this is turning psycho.This Dana person is getting sued from the city of New Ulm for making slanderous remarks about the police force. See ya same bat time same bat channel.

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Hippie

Jul-23-13 7:07 PM

I don't agree with you when you say the police are corrupted. The city yes. I like how they rushed the Summit Ave constuction th hide the fact that The water tower was already a done deal before it was voted on by city council. Now they are at this moment digging up the road and fixing best they can. The water tower isn't even being worked on at the present time. Did someone forget to order the water tower?

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Hippie

Jul-23-13 7:10 PM

Dana I would be upset if my family members were killed like yours but I think you need to tone it down a bit and stop making threat it's not helping your cause. I think officer Rassmusson should be fired but the city is up against city procedures that can't be broke.

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newulm67

Jul-23-13 8:15 PM

When will we see the FBI involved Dana. I really think that you need to have your comments in print in the paper about the NUPD and the city attorney to have any credibility.

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newulm67

Jul-23-13 9:48 PM

You just answered my question.

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newulm67

Jul-23-13 10:13 PM

If you do not do a personal sit down interview with the Journal on all of your accusations with facts to back up all your accusations. no one will or can believe you. Time to put up or you know what.

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oneofakind

Jul-24-13 9:55 AM

the article in the free press was full of facts. it realy showed who was at faut. I hope all the facts in the dui case come out. He never drove his car. He called for a ride and was waiting for it when the cops came.

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mnsotn

Jul-24-13 1:19 PM

This whole thing with the police arresting people for Driving While Intoxicated when they weren't even driving is rediculous. I had a coworker years ago who got a DWI for sleeping in the backseat of his car. Of course, public intoxication charges and Detox may be in order, but if his car never moved, they shouldn't get a DWI. I'm all for throwing the book at drunk drivers, but they need to be driving, IMHO.

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