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NUPD and Rasmussen

July 26, 2013

To the editor: Regarding the recent Mathew Rasmussen driving incident, what else does he have to do before he is held accountable? He was driving with excessive speed in a residential zone, no......

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Aug-01-13 3:53 AM

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Jul-30-13 1:40 PM

Dana you most likely have some type of mental disorder because I'm sure your mom wouldn't want you to be making a fool of yourself. Give it up already and let your mom and brother rest in peace.You have been making stuff up to help your conscience because you are hurting and feel that getting revenge will make your pain go away. I think we should all just ignore your stupid posts and maybe you will go away.

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Jul-30-13 9:02 AM

I just love how every time this Rasmussen issue comes to conversation it becomes a huge********contest.

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Jul-30-13 1:22 AM

Dana, let me say that I am in no way defending officer Rasmussen. My only point is that it may not be as easy as we would like to oust him. He may be a changed man (or not), but I think that the liability is too great to take a chance. All of us must ask if our careers are suited for us at one time or another. Maybe Officer Rasmussen should be asking that question.

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Jul-29-13 12:27 PM

Why have a justice system? The locals have a system all their own. I heard about it, talked to others about it, knows somebody who knows somebody and judged.

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Jul-29-13 9:58 AM

For starters, the grand jury didn't convene with the soul purpose of deciding if Officer Rasmussen should keep his job. They convened in order to determine if a crime had been committed. The alleged crime in this case was by a police officer who was on duty when the incident occured.

The public has a right to know all of the details. They also have every right to feel safe in their community. Why is it this officer seemed to operate under his own set of rules and not follow established procedures ? This incident wasn't isolated either based on other accounts. Just as important, where is the leadership of the department when this was all taking place ? The public has a right to see this guy fired and to have a chief who puts the public welfare over the continued questionable conduct of one of his officers. As it is, Wieland is completely tolerant of Rasmussens actions. I find that totally unacceptable. They choose to let him stay when he could be fired.

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Jul-28-13 11:28 PM

This is all so sad for the family that was lost and I hope for the police officer involved and shame on you people who brings someones medication into this. Has that got anything to do with their grieving for their family members. Have a heart for all involved.

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Jul-28-13 7:04 PM

My last post should read that I don't know how the Grand Jury didn't feel that charges should be brought.

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Jul-28-13 7:02 PM

Dana, I don't think you understand that the chief may not be able to legally fire this officer. In the eyes of the law, Mr. Rasmussen is an innocent man. I know how the Grand Jury didn't feel that charges should be brought, but they didn't.

There are protocalls ,in every business as to how to fire someone. Mr. Rasmussen may be hanging on by a thread, but it is pretty tough to fire him for something that a Grand Jury found no wrong in.

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Jul-28-13 12:23 AM

LJG, you state some hood points. I agree that Mr. Wieland shouldn't be taking the heat here. I also agree that Mr. Rasmussen had no intent of what happened that day. I don't think anybody is calling for murder charges, but reckless homicide may have been in order. We all know that this was beyond an accident, it involved reckless behavior. Does that mean he can't be a better person now? Of course it doesn't.

There's probably a good chance that he will continue his employment with the NUPD. Let's just hope that things go better going forward.

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Jul-28-13 12:15 AM

Dana - Get back on you meds!!!

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Jul-27-13 12:12 PM

We are going to have to agree to disagree one this. I feel awful for Myron Wieland because I know that he only wants to do the best job he can and serve the town where he grew up. I do not know Officer Rasmussen, but I highly doubt he woke up that morning intending to kill two people. He has to wake up every day with his mistake. He also was trying to serve your town that day but failed. None of us saw what the grand jury did, so I won't question their judgment. If the city had fired the officer, he probably would have sued and won. Unions are very strong, right or wrong. I am guessing Myron's hands were tied. The fact is, we do not know all the facts. Peace and take care.

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Jul-27-13 11:52 AM

I do expect truck drivers, as well as police, to obey traffic laws. I do not disagree with you. But people keep saying joe citizen would be in prison, and that is not true.

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Jul-27-13 11:49 AM

The last time I checked, we don't expect truck drivers to model citizens and lead by example. Thankfully, many of them do.

People who enforce laws should follow them. Mr. Rasmussen did not.

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Jul-27-13 11:33 AM

No the chief is not elected. People keep saying that a regular citizen would be in prison for this. There was recently a truck driver from Courtland who ran a stop sign and someone died. There will not be a grand jury and he will not go to prison. Will the Journal be asking for his records two years later and putting them on the front page day after day? Will you all be asking for his boss to get fired? I am not condoning what the officer did. But you are all right about one thing- he is being treated differently because he is a police officer. He is being treated worse.

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Jul-27-13 9:52 AM

Isn't Police Chief an elected position? So therefore can the Chief be recalled?

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Jul-26-13 6:43 PM

This is typical. Remember that kid who escaped and ran to the police from Jeffery Dahmer, and how the police didn't believe him, gave him back to Dahmer, laughed at the kid over the police radio for being "gay" -- and who Dahmer then went on to kill that night? They were suspended, then received all their back pay, one of the Officers involved was awarded "Officer of the Year" a few years later, another elected president of the Milwaukee Police Association. All true -- look it up. Just watch, in a few years, we're going to be reading about "Officer of the Year" Rasmussen....

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Jul-26-13 8:59 AM

I no longer live in Minnesota but I grew up in Hanska and graduated from New Ulm High School in 1979 and was a classmate of Chief Wieland. Now living in Virginia I had to look this case up and read up on it before commenting and I must say I find the action of the NUPD, Officer Rasmussen, the Grand Jury and Chief Wieland deplorable. Where is the accountability? Where is the outrage from the community? The citizens of New Ulm should have at the very least demanded that Officer Rasmussen be removed from the force as he has no business wearing a uniform. I spent 24 years in a uniform serving my country and the very first thing we were taught in basic training was that you and you alone are accountable for your actions and will be held accountable for them.

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