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There are 33 comments on the TwinCities.com story from May 29, 2009, titled Former St. Paul cop gets six months in jail for stabbing man ou.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Norman Berry, a former St. Paul police officer who pleaded guilty to stabbing a man outside the city's Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, was sentenced Friday to six months in jail.

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TRUE

Saint Paul, MN

#1 May 30, 2009
This is another Fletcher friend chased out of the department by the honorable Bill Finney.
Detective Jane

Minneapolis, MN

#2 May 30, 2009
St. Paul Police Chief Finney hired another close friend and drug runner Aaron Foster to run the police property room in 1998.

Sgt. Sam Caron questioned why Foster carried a gun at work, as he was a civilian employee. He also drove a squad car to work. Finney called Caron into his office and told Sgt. Caron that Foster had his permission to drive the squad car and carry a gun.

After Sgt. Caron questioned Foster’s actions, Sgt. Caron’s immediate supervisor came down on him. In a two-month period Sgt. Caron received two letters of reprimand, a two-week suspension for referring to Foster as "chief" and an unsatisfactory job evaluation after what he said was 14 years of exemplary service.

Sgt. Brian Reed, who also supervised Foster, stated "If Foster had a disagreement with an officer regarding any issue, his tactic was to invoke Chief Finney's name and end the discussion."

Sgt. Reed asked for permission to suspend Foster after Foster cursed at him and wouldn't complete an assignment. Higher-ranking officers told Reed he couldn't suspend him.

When Sgt. Reed was assigned to investigate a verbal exchange between Foster and a sergeant, he said, he sustained the complaint. The commander said she concurred with his findings and was going to pass it along to the assistant chief who under Finney’s direction dropped the complaint.
Sgt. Reed was then assigned to work at the front desk, an assignment "widely known throughout the police department as being punitive." Sgt. Reed was doing his job and Finney put him at the front desk as punishment.

In 1999, Sgt. Robert Winsor went to the property room to get extra film for patrol cars. Foster told Sgt. Winsor he couldn't have more film, which Sgt. Winsor disputed.

As Sgt. Winsor was walking away, Foster picked up the phone and said, "Here, I'll tell you who to call, you call the Chief, you talk to the Chief, go ahead, let's see if you're brave enough to call the Chief."

A lawsuit filed in 2002 by the St. Paul Police Federation and Sgt. Ann Bebeau against the city, the police department and Finney alleged, "Finney, acting directly or through his command staff, has allowed - Foster to harass and interfere with St. Paul police officers."

The suit also claimed Foster had "been protected from the consequences of his actions because of a close personal friendship" with Finney.

Five more police officers filed affidavits in the suit about what they considered problems with Foster at work from 1999 through 2001.

The 2002 suit centered on an argument between Bebeau and Foster in the property room. At one point, Bebeau stated in an affidavit filed as part of the suit, Foster said, "Let's take it up to the third floor, and we'll see who wins this one."

Sgt. Bebeau said she interpreted the remark to mean Foster would take the matter to Finney, whose office was on the third floor.

In the end, Sgt. Bebeau prevailed against the city and the police department, but only in the accusation that the city [Finney] violated the Minnesota Peace Officer Discipline Procedures Act and not in any claims against Finney. This cost the city just under $20,000 with Sgt. Bebeau receiving $1,620 in damages, and the city was ordered to pay her attorney's bill.

Another convicted drug runner that Finney hired to watch the police impound lot is Ken Brennan. His real name wan Ken Pluff Jr., now he is known as Kenny Brennan, security guard. The Pluff family ran one of the largest drug distributing operations on the East Side of St. Paul. Pluff [Brennan] was a licensed police officer who worked for White Bear Lake Township and Ramsey County Reserve Deputy. He ratted out his fellow police officers and turned in this information over to his drug running family on the East Side. Pluff [Brennan] used law enforcement resources to spy on the cops doing their investigation on his family’s drug business. Pluff [Brennan] was co-chair and worked on Finney’s Sheriff campaign.
Detective Jane

Minneapolis, MN

#3 May 30, 2009
In an article in the Pioneer Press by Jim George from November 13, 1991 titled DRUG RING MEMBERS GET PRISON SENTENCES.

"Seven members of a St. Paul-based ring that distributed large amounts of cocaine in the Twin Cities area received federal prison terms Tuesday ranging from five days to 10 years."

"Investigators' affidavits alleged that another Cynthia Pluff, who lived in Illinois, coordinated shipments of cocaine and money between Minnesota and sources in Chicago and Miami. The indictment alleged a conspiracy to distribute at least 5 kilograms - or 11 pounds - of cocaine during a period from 1988 to early 1991."

"Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Riley, who is prosecuting the case, said Cynthia Pluff now appears to be the ring's organizer and worked closely with April Tapa to keep the drug pipeline operating."

"Riley said most of the gang had provided valuable assistance in other drug investigations here and in Chicago."

"Still to be sentenced are Cynthia Pluff, 26; Kenneth Pluff Jr., 29, of St. Paul; John E. Clark, 25, Maplewood; and Danny Lee Givens, 31, of St. Paul."

Also from January 24, 1991 Pioneer Press, by Mike Sweeney (page 1D) 6 IN FAMILY HELD ON DRUG RING CHARGES

"The affidavit alleges that Kenneth Pluff Jr., a licensed police officer in Minnesota, checked license plate numbers provided by other members of his family doing countersurveillance and gave them information about the owners of the vehicles. Kenneth Pluff Jr. was a Ramsey County Reserve deputy for almost four years, worked part-time as a police officer in White Bear Township and was working as a part-time private investigator when arrested."

NOTICE TWO NAMES:

Kenneth Pluff Jr. and John E. Clark

Kenneth Pluff Jr is now known as Kenneth Brennan, a security guard for Capital Security. Finney hired this convicted drug runner to watch the police impound lot.

John E. Clark

St. Paul Police Sgt. Benny Williams and John E. Clark

Here is another article from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, titled, ST. PAUL OFFICER PUNISHED FOR DATA RELEASE//DOCUMENTS SENT TO JAILED NEPHEW

"An acting sergeant for the St. Paul Police Department was handed a 30-day suspension and reassigned after sending confidential police and sheriff's documents to an imprisoned nephew. St. Paul Police Chief William Finney suspended Benny L. Williams, despite the police-civilian review panel's recommendation to fire the nine-year veteran, according to police documents."

This imprisoned nephew is John Clark a nephew of Plukey Duke, who is currently servicing a 20-year sentence in federal prison for narcotics trafficking. Chief Bill Finney disregarded the civilian review board recommendation to terminate Sgt. Williams and only gave him a 30-day suspension instead. Chief Finney was just looking out for his friend, a pattern that Finney has been doing for a long time.

By St. Paul Police Sgt. Williams sending this confidential police information to his nephew in jail, he put St. Paul Police and Ramsey County Sheriff Deputies at risk. Sgt. Williams’ actions are treason, he is a spy within the ranks. Chief Bill Finney has let his friendships with numerous underworld drug figures over the years get in the way of his professional judgement as Chief of Police. It really makes you wonder just whom Chief Finney was really protecting, you or his friends?

Also interesting reading:

St. Paul Police Supplementary Report, C/N 5-024-520/638/639
Maplewood Police Supplementary Report, C/N 81005328
Detective Jane

Minneapolis, MN

#4 May 30, 2009
Another article in the Pioneer Press, February 26, 1998, page 1C, FINNEY LETTER SMACKS OF SPECIAL TREATMENT, by KATHERINE LANPHER

"St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney's epistolary skills were called into question this week when news surfaced of a letter he had written for a so-called ''friend'' of the department, a police informant and convicted arsonist who liked to keep an eye on his neighborhood for the cops.

"The note, addressed to ''any police officer having contact with Mr. Cornelius E. Brown Jr.,'' describes Brown as a good friend of the department and instructs officers to call Finney if any ''adverse'' police action needs to be taken against him. The letter also includes Finney's cell phone number.

"Let's be clear: The letter stinks to high heaven."

A lot of us would love a letter like that to carry around.
Wreck Center

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 May 30, 2009
Jimmy Lee is a pretty tough piece of turf.

If you don't give $5 to the ganger outside the door you pay with a punch in the kidneys in the gym or the bathroom.

I used to think the City ran the building, no more.
stickboy

Saint Paul, MN

#8 May 30, 2009
Another former PIG crooked to the core,getting his
just desserts!!

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#10 May 30, 2009
Detective Jane wrote:
St. Paul Police Chief Finney hired another close friend and drug runner Aaron Foster to run the police property room in 1998...
Honey, you need to find a new theme song.
Me myself

Clearwater, MN

#12 May 30, 2009
TRUE wrote:
honorable Bill Finney.
Honorable Bill Finney ?!?

WTF?

How can a racist be Honorable?

Check Bill Finney's record as a patrol officer. He was reprimanded for his racist conduct when he refused to file a hate crime as such.

I can't get to much into details because of a Non-Disclosure agreement with the City of Saint Paul. But basically Bill Finney (who is African-American) decided that 4 African-American males assaulting a white male, calling the white male racial names while committing the assault with weapons.

When the incident and the lack of action on Bill Finney's part was brought to his supervisors the city offered up the hush money quick.

So those who think Bill Finney is Honorable is either smoking something, a friend of Bill Finney, or just an uninformed boob.
Me myself

Clearwater, MN

#13 May 30, 2009
Oh ya BTW The reason Bill Finney gave for not filing the assault as a hate crime is because in his opinion it was not a racially motivated crime.

To me and Obviously to the city 4 African-American males assaulting a white male can calling him a Honkey while beating the white male is not motivated.

Bill Finney is just as Honorable as the crook Bob Fletcher.

When Bill Finney ran for Ramsey County Sheriff I sold my house and left Ramsey County.

Fear the racist Bill Finney.
Justice for Ramsey County

West Fargo, ND

#14 May 30, 2009
How is Fletcher's former campaign manager Mark Naylon doing in Federal Prison? Fletcher's corrupt from the top down. Now in this story another Friend of Fletcher bites the dust. Wake up Ramsey County.

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#15 May 30, 2009
Justice for Ramsey County wrote:
How is Fletcher's former campaign manager Mark Naylon doing in Federal Prison? Fletcher's corrupt from the top down. Now in this story another Friend of Fletcher bites the dust. Wake up Ramsey County.
Who care about Naylon? It's old news.

I equate this will the whole Clinton/Lewinsky deal. Clinton was president for eight years but yet some folks only remember Monica Lewinsky.

We get it. Naylon was a bad dude and he is now in jail, where he belongs. Rehak was a bad dude and he is also now in jail, where he also belongs.

But you know what, Rehak was a cop for a long time and not all of it was negative. Our encounter with Rehak was one of the most positive encounters we have ever had with an officer.

But he screwed up and now he is paying for his behavior, just like everyone else does.

This whole Fletcher / Naylon / Rehak / Finney / Duke / nonsense has become nothing more than a smokescreen on current issues.
Me myself

Clearwater, MN

#16 May 30, 2009
STP Carrie wrote:
This whole Fletcher / Naylon / Rehak / Finney / Duke / nonsense has become nothing more than a smokescreen on current issues.
How can law enforcement officials breaking the law, covering up their law breaking activities be nonsence. It establishes a pattern of behavior.

It just happens that the pattern of behavior is a criminal pattern of behavior. And a pattern of CYA.

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#17 May 30, 2009
Me myself wrote:
<quoted text>
How can law enforcement officials breaking the law, covering up their law breaking activities be nonsence. It establishes a pattern of behavior.
It just happens that the pattern of behavior is a criminal pattern of behavior. And a pattern of CYA.
Like I said, Naylon and Rehak are doing their time for their actions...nothing more to talk about.

The 'nonsense' to which I refer is the endless posting of websites, police reports, memos and soap-opera quality stories. Stories of cover-up, divorce, affairs, theft, reprimands, friends, name changes, and lastly murder.

Very few folks are going to read this stuff and actually make a determination of the facts.

Just because stuff is posted here doesn't make it true. If even half of this is true, then it will eventually play out in the court system.

Furthermore, every thread on this forum that has anything to do with an officer somehow ends up being about Finney and Fletcher. Not everything has to do with them, and they don't have superpowers. Posting about them being so omnipresent and in control only feeds into the notion that they are.

But they are not, and dragging up everything they have supposedly done wrong in their life doesn't make them any more guilty of anything.

Since: May 08

Saint Paul, MN

#18 May 30, 2009
And BTW, I don't know either one of them and have no vested interest in either one.

I just think this stuff has been repeated to a fault, then stomped into the ground, dragged down the street and then beaten to death.

But hey, that's just my opinion.
Detective Jane

Saint Paul, MN

#19 May 30, 2009
Detective Jane wrote:
Sgt. Sam Caron questioned why Foster carried a gun at work, as he was a civilian employee. He also drove a squad car to work. Finney called Caron into his office and told Sgt. Caron that Foster had his permission to drive the squad car and carry a gun.
After Sgt. Caron questioned Foster’s actions, Sgt. Caron’s immediate supervisor came down on him. In a two-month period Sgt. Caron received two letters of reprimand, a two-week suspension for referring to Foster as "chief" and an unsatisfactory job evaluation after what he said was 14 years of exemplary service.
When Sgt. Reed was assigned to investigate a verbal exchange between Foster and a sergeant, he said, he sustained the complaint. The commander said she concurred with his findings and was going to pass it along to the assistant chief who under Finney’s direction dropped the complaint.
Sgt. Reed was then assigned to work at the front desk, an assignment "widely known throughout the police department as being punitive." Sgt. Reed was doing his job and Finney put him at the front desk as punishment.
In 1999, Sgt. Robert Winsor went to the property room to get extra film for patrol cars. Foster told Sgt. Winsor he couldn't have more film, which Sgt. Winsor disputed.
As Sgt. Winsor was walking away, Foster picked up the phone and said, "Here, I'll tell you who to call, you call the Chief, you talk to the Chief, go ahead, let's see if you're brave enough to call the Chief."
A lawsuit filed in 2002 by the St. Paul Police Federation and Sgt. Ann Bebeau against the city, the police department and Finney alleged, "Finney, acting directly or through his command staff, has allowed - Foster to harass and interfere with St. Paul police officers."
The suit also claimed Foster had "been protected from the consequences of his actions because of a close personal friendship" with Finney.
Five more police officers filed affidavits in the suit about what they considered problems with Foster at work from 1999 through 2001.
The 2002 suit centered on an argument between Bebeau and Foster in the property room. At one point, Bebeau stated in an affidavit filed as part of the suit, Foster said, "Let's take it up to the third floor, and we'll see who wins this one."
Sgt. Bebeau said she interpreted the remark to mean Foster would take the matter to Finney, whose office was on the third floor.
In the end, Sgt. Bebeau prevailed against the city and the police department, but only in the accusation that the city [Finney] violated the Minnesota Peace Officer Discipline Procedures Act and not in any claims against Finney. This cost the city just under $20,000 with Sgt. Bebeau receiving $1,620 in damages, and the city was ordered to pay her attorney's bill.
Another convicted drug runner that Finney hired to watch the police impound lot is Ken Brennan. His real name wan Ken Pluff Jr., now he is known as Kenny Brennan, security guard. The Pluff family ran one of the largest drug distributing operations on the East Side of St. Paul. Pluff [Brennan] was a licensed police officer who worked for White Bear Lake Township and Ramsey County Reserve Deputy. He ratted out his fellow police officers and turned in this information over to his drug running family on the East Side. Pluff [Brennan] used law enforcement resources to spy on the cops doing their investigation on his family’s drug business. Pluff [Brennan] was co-chair and worked on Finney’s Sheriff campaign.
Sam Caron! Look, use more credible people in your posting circus. Please....Sam? Come on, this guy was a joke in a uniform. Nothing but trouble.....another one with a big file chased out by the honroable, Bill Finney. Besides, it's Fletcher's friends that have failed the FBI stings to date!:)
NEXT!
Detective Jane

Saint Paul, MN

#20 May 30, 2009
Justice for Ramsey County wrote:
How is Fletcher's former campaign manager Mark Naylon doing in Federal Prison? Fletcher's corrupt from the top down. Now in this story another Friend of Fletcher bites the dust. Wake up Ramsey County.
Posting on this blog is one thing. But for a court of law to keep Finney's (Former friend) a free man then throw the book at Fletcher's best friend/best man is another! I'll side with the facts!

Detective Jane here saying Good Day All!
Detective Jane

Saint Paul, MN

#21 May 30, 2009
No friend of Finney wrote:
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What a lame web site. You boys need to get better at PhotoShop.
William "Corky" Finney was a rotten cop who protected his criminal friends at all costs. He used his race as a crutch. My last boss, Chief Harrington was a top notch chief.
It is too bad the St. Paul Black community put up with Finney's crooked ways, all for the sake of keeping a black man in office no matter how crooked he was. This set the bar higher for the next chief. Chief Harrington restored honor the Office of Chief!
Obviously another fired dirtbag from SPPD. Harrington has the morale at an all time low. The department has never looked worse and he is sure to be a single term loser. However, I do enjoy reading these sore losers post on the blog. Finney, who is viewed as a Saint in this town, has nothing to do with the story, yet they continue to smear him. This tells me they have a sore loser trapped in their soul. Hahaha!! Ooops! Watch out for the spilled milk! Wahhh!!! Wahhh!!!
Detective Jane

Le Sueur, MN

#23 May 30, 2009
Detective Jane wrote:
<quoted text>
Sam Caron! Look, use more credible people in your posting circus. Please....Sam? Come on, this guy was a joke in a uniform. Nothing but trouble.....another one with a big file chased out by the honroable, Bill Finney. Besides, it's Fletcher's friends that have failed the FBI stings to date!:)
NEXT!
ALERT - ALERT - ALERT - ALERT

IMPOSTER POSTER!!!!!!!

Just another wannabe "Detective Jane" posting dribble.

I know Bill Finney’s friends would like to think of themselves as detectives, but sorry to say they just don't make the cut.
Detective Jane

Le Sueur, MN

#24 May 30, 2009
Detective Jane wrote:
<quoted text>
Posting on this blog is one thing. But for a court of law to keep Finney's (Former friend) a free man then throw the book at Fletcher's best friend/best man is another! I'll side with the facts!
Detective Jane here saying Good Day All!
ALERT - ALERT - ALERT - ALERT

IMPOSTER POSTER!!!!!!!

Just another wannabe "Detective Jane" posting dribble.

I know Bill Finney’s friends would like to think of themselves as detectives, but they just aren’t men, they are just little boys trying to look big. They sell drugs to little kids and their pal Finney covers for them. Soon they will be chilling with the villains.
Not payin attention

Saint Paul, MN

#25 May 30, 2009
STP Carrie wrote:
<quoted text>
Who care about Naylon? It's old news.
I equate this will the whole Clinton/Lewinsky deal. Clinton was president for eight years but yet some folks only remember Monica Lewinsky.
We get it. Naylon was a bad dude and he is now in jail, where he belongs. Rehak was a bad dude and he is also now in jail, where he also belongs.
But you know what, Rehak was a cop for a long time and not all of it was negative. Our encounter with Rehak was one of the most positive encounters we have ever had with an officer.
But he screwed up and now he is paying for his behavior, just like everyone else does.
This whole Fletcher / Naylon / Rehak / Finney / Duke / nonsense has become nothing more than a smokescreen on current issues.
There is much more to all of this than you know. And it and Finney have everything to do with what is going on now. You'll see.

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