Minneapolis police union files complaints against city attorney

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Minneapolis police union files complaints against city attorney

The union, which represents ordinary Minneapolis police officers, has filed ethical complaints against Minneapolis city attorney Jim Rowader.

The complaints to the Minneapolis City Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and Ethical Practices Board concern comments Rowader made in a Star Tribune Op / Ed on February 8 under the heading “Counterpoint: Why I Am One of Many Seeking Justice” has Minneapolis. “

In this play, Rowader explains why he quit his job as a corporate attorney for Target eight months ago to become a prosecutor to be a catalyst for change after the murder of George Floyd.

“Unfortunately, the Minneapolis Police Department has practiced uneven policing based on skin color for too long – decades at least -. It has to stop, it has to change – now, today, tomorrow and forever,” wrote Rowader.

In the complaint to the bar association, the union argues that Rowader’s comments were made while he represented the MPD and its staff in the investigation announced by the Minnesota Human Rights Department on June 1, 2020, and in several pending civil lawsuits.

The union claims Rowader’s comments jeopardize his ability to “adequately represent his customers and the confidence his customers have in his judgment, competence, integrity and loyalty”. The union claims it is entitled to be represented by Rowader under its collective agreement.

In the complaint to the city’s ethics committee, the union writes that the hooligan’s comments “seriously undermined both his ability to represent his customers adequately and the trust and confidence of his customers about his judgment and competence”.

Both complaints were signed by the President of the Minneapolis Police Federation, Sherral Schmidt, and his board of directors.

Attorney Fred Bruno, who frequently represents the union in court cases, told the Star Tribune in February: “I would take the position that Mr. Rowader banned himself and possibly all lawyers under him from representing city officials after he publicly did his job trumpeted dislike of his own customers. “

Rowader was also on stage with George Floyd’s family when the city agreed to a $ 27 million settlement while the murder trial of Derek Chauvin continued. The timing of the announcement was criticized by Judge Peter Cahill.

The Minneapolis Police Federation declined to comment on their complaints. FOX 9 is awaiting comment from Rowader and the City of Minneapolis.