2 fired St. Paul police officers are ...

2 fired St. Paul police officers are back on the job, with rest...

There are 93 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 3, 2010, titled 2 fired St. Paul police officers are back on the job, with rest.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Two St. Paul police officers convicted of misdemeanors were fired from the department, but they got their jobs back under settlements designed to keep them on short leashes for three years.

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Finney

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Apr 3, 2010
This must be that bank of trust Grace Kelly was talking about, I remember she did a feature article on it.

check it out here:

http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/482...
Bostrom Supporter

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Apr 3, 2010
Finney wrote:
This must be that bank of trust Grace Kelly was talking about, I remember she did a feature article on it.
check it out here:
http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/482...
Yeah I remember reading that a while back, Grace Kelly is a DFL delegate and Bostrom supporter/endorsee right??? hmmmmmmmm if thats the bank of trust Bostrom and Axtell are referring to, I do think the community would agree!
John

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Apr 4, 2010
They all lie every single time they think they can get away with it.
Grace Kelly

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Apr 4, 2010
Even though the most corrupt police chief in the history of St. Paul (Finney) has endorsed Bostrom, I still think we have public trust..???..... I hope
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Apr 4, 2010
As soon as the Ramsey County Sheriff is a democrat, I'm sure people like Grace Kelly will love them too.
Double down

Eagle River, WI

#6 Apr 4, 2010
Finney wrote:
This must be that bank of trust Grace Kelly was talking about, I remember she did a feature article on it.
check it out here:
http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/482...
You should be directing your disagreement with Titus. Oh, I forgot titus is a Fletcher supporter. Fletcher's rain of terror will end in NOV.
P.S. any property left over from the gang unit for sale wink, wink.
Donald

La Grange, IL

#7 Apr 4, 2010
Great.

Two more criminals with guns on the street.
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Apr 4, 2010
Double down wrote:
<quoted text>
You should be directing your disagreement with Titus. Oh, I forgot titus is a Fletcher supporter. Fletcher's rain of terror will end in NOV.
P.S. any property left over from the gang unit for sale wink, wink.
I bet "double down" is a deputy who is po'ed because he actually has to work on his shift.
44mag

AOL

#9 Apr 4, 2010
The "brotherhood" of the thin blue lie wins another victory, at the cost of public support. Those two bozos should be hung in the town square, where the proper method of public responce to them screwing with the law they were hired to inforce, is delt.
Seth

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Apr 4, 2010
Looks like the white Al Sharpton (Dave Titus) gets them off the hook again.
Bob the Bilderberg

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Apr 4, 2010
No donuts for you two.
Oliver Homes

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Apr 4, 2010
Finney wrote:
This must be that bank of trust Grace Kelly was talking about, I remember she did a feature article on it.
check it out here:
http://www.mnprogressiveproject.com/diary/482...
Grace said, "Deposits in the bank of trust" is what the St Paul police call the long work in building community relationships. From two in-depth interviews that I had with Matt Bostrom, Assistant Chief, and Todd Axtell, Watch Commander, there are strong themes running through their decisions. And, indeed, many casual conversations with St Paul police officers back up these common themes of building trust."

Let's take a look at the "trust" under Finney, Bostrom, and Axtell.

Take a close friend of Bill Finney and former St. Paul cop Clemie Tucker. Tucker who was caught with over 17 pounds of meth. Tucker was arrested at Finney's house.

St. Paul Police Sgt. Benny Williams, another Finney friend who was caught giving confidential Department documents to Johnny Clark who was a major drug dealer in St. Paul. Thing is Clark was in jail at the time and he gave these classified police documents to Plukie Duke his Nephew. Duke is another friend of Bill Finney and was a major drug dealer in St. Paul who is now in jail.

Take Kenny Brennan, ex police officer and drug dealer, also known as Ken Kenny Pluff, Jr. before he changed his name? The Pluff family ran a major drug operation on the East Side. Brennan ratted out his fellow cops by informing on the cops watching his families drug business. Brennan is a security guard for a St. Paul company whose boss is a very close friend of Finney. His name is Sheldon Anderson. Brennan is a very close friend of Finney and Finney hired Kenny to watch the St. Paul Police Impound Lot.

Another Finney friend and drug runner for Plukie Duke was Aaron Foster who killed a woman in Maplewood back in 1981. Finney hired Foster to work in the St. Paul Police property room, the same room that held evidence to his murder case. The evidence went missing before Foster’s trial and Foster got off. Foster also cost the City of St. Paul over $20,000.00 for his inappropriate behavior against women police officers. Foster has assaulted and threatened many women and Chief Finney just brushed it off as boys will be boys and issues him a permit to carry. Finney I don’t feel that it is just boys being boys when you have a loaded handgun to their head. Also note the handgun in question was one Finney sold to Foster.

The sad thing is Finney did all of this while he was on the St. Paul School Board and while he was chief of police in St. Paul.

The St. Paul Police Citizens Review Board recommended that Sgt. Benny Williams be fired for giving this material to a known drug dealer and inmate. Finney protected his friend and only gave him a 30-day suspension. He is still employed at the St. Paul Police Department and works off duty as a security guard in the Big Top Liquor.

In addition to protecting his friends, Finney also gave out "Get Out Of Jail Free' letters to his drug dealing friends. This is how things are done in Chicago.

Finney is supporting Bostrom for Sheriff because he has something on Bostrom. Finney only supports people who will help him. Take Melvin Carter (City Council, Ward 1). Finney's drug running friends (Brennan, Axtell, Foster) are all working hard on Bostrom's campaign, I wonder why? Axtell also wants to be police chief, but he has some answering to do for his drug undercover work. Four years ago Axtell was in charge of the undercover drug operations for St. Paul Police Department. Finney directed Axtell, as to what to do and not what to do.

Finney only helps people who will help him in the long run. Finney made lots of money as Chief of Police. He protected his drug running friends and he supports people who will help his drug running friends.
Wonderful

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Apr 4, 2010
Is it any wonder how things like the Strike Force Gang happen? Two more crooked cops on the street; thanks union! Remember those names, folks; Officer Adam Siegfried convicted thug, and Officer Chelsey Christensen, proven liar.
Toddy Axtely

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Apr 4, 2010
Double down wrote:
<quoted text>
You should be directing your disagreement with Titus. Oh, I forgot titus is a Fletcher supporter. Fletcher's rain of terror will end in NOV.
P.S. any property left over from the gang unit for sale wink, wink.
When Finney was police chief, Finney gave me all the good assignments. I was his gopher. I knew how to suck up to Finney and I was rewarded for it. I even got to work my off duty job while I was on duty with the Department. Double pay, thats how Finney rolls, he looked out for his friends. I am proud to be called a Friend of Finney. I even pounded campaign signs and was Finney co-chair for his sheriff campaign.
Ha ha ha ha

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Apr 4, 2010
Bob the Bilderberg wrote:
No donuts for you two.
Great post!!
Earl

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Apr 4, 2010
Double down wrote:
<quoted text>
You should be directing your disagreement with Titus. Oh, I forgot titus is a Fletcher supporter. Fletcher's rain of terror will end in NOV.
P.S. any property left over from the gang unit for sale wink, wink.
So please explain how Aaron was able to afford Earl Grey to defend himself against the murder charges. Earl is one of the most expensive attorneys in Minnesota. All the drug running for Plukie Duke really paid off. It was nice of DATELINE NBC to do that program on you and Bill Finney. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24796236/wid/21370087/pa...

May be you missed the story on Kenny Pluff, now Ken Brennan and his family in City Pages? www.citypages.com/1997-11-05/news/welcome-to-...

Nice friends former Police Chief William Kelso Finney has. Finney protected this drug running friends with his badge.

This is what you get when politics enter the office. Finney is a longtime DFLer and so are his drug-running friends.

Say how is that Minnesota House of Representative race going in 17B Sheldon Anderson?
Trust Broken

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Apr 4, 2010
Finney hired his 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 (Finney signed the permit to carry).

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 request 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 whit 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.
Community Member

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Apr 4, 2010

I agree, as long as Bostrom has Finney as an endorsee/supporter I cannot support him in this Sheriff's race. I think Bostrom was sunk the moment he enlisted Finney to his team.
johnmoorepussyfa ce

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Apr 4, 2010
Double down wrote:
<quoted text>
You should be directing your disagreement with Titus. Oh, I forgot titus is a Fletcher supporter. Fletcher's rain of terror will end in NOV.
P.S. any property left over from the gang unit for sale wink, wink.
Good one, i have not seen this before, real original
Amelias

United States

#21 Apr 4, 2010
Go read police reports from incidents that happened at Amelia's Nightclub during the time that Todd Axtell and Aaron Foster worked there together. Seems a lot of patrons who pissed them off got their azzez kicked in the back room of the club. If Axtell is chosen for our next chief we can bet he'll rehire his woman beating murdering friend Aaron Foster at SPPD.

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