Watch Tom Lyden's Fox9 report on Deputy Dan Ruettimann [VIDEO]

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In this week's cover story on the suicide of Ramsey County Deputy Dan Ruettimann, we mentioned a story on Fox9 that impacted the deputy in the months leading up to his death this past October.

The story said that Deputy Ruettimann was under an Internal Affairs investigation for conduct unbecoming an officer. Reporter Tom Lyden questioned whether Ruettimann was "given a second chance" for political reasons.

While the police reports used in the piece are public record, the fact that they were tied to Internal Affairs business should have remained confidential.

Ruettimann was accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife's father in 2010, as well as strangling his ex-wife in 2006. These were incidents cited in his Internal Affairs investigation, which was opened in June 2010. No charges were ever filed in either incident, but under former sheriff Bob Fletcher they were used as justification for Ruettimann's demotion.

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Fox9 reporter Tom Lyden

​However, according to data practices law, no details should have been made public about the contents of Ruettimann's investigation until it was closed. It remains open to this day.

"The fact that there were charges pending against Mr. Ruettimann is public," said Law Enforcement Legal Services general counsel Isaac Kaufman during the reporting for this week's cover. "None of the rest of the investigation should be public."

Nevertheless, the Fox9 story points out that Internal Affairs found Ruettimann guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer because of the accusations. Fox reporter Tom Lyden said via Twitter last night that former sheriff Bob Fletcher did not feed him the story, and that there was no "leak" of information in his reportage.

"People talk ya' know," he tweeted. "Is anyone questioning news of a cop who allegedly asslts wife?"

We asked Lyden to comment via email, and he responded:

Jessica,
Usually reluctant to talk about sources for any stories that I don't refer to directly.
But will say Fletcher, beyond his statement, was not the source for this story.
And, more importantly, no documents or reports were "leaked." All documents came through Data Practices requests.
Lyden

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lyden u piece of human shit. Their talking. We know who your source is?

Lidlowryder
Lidlowryder

Hey tom contact your source, she has something to tell you. The yetti exposed,.

DWT
DWT

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com...

lyden is fletcher's personal reporter. Check out the link. No one else covered this story except tommy when fletcher called him. You decide? 

Dwt
Dwt

If there was no leak, then how did he find out about it?  I assume that a good reporter(not saying Tom Lyden is) would make sure their facts are true.  So, how can Lyden rely on "cops talk" as proof of what he reported.  I believe he got these facts from either the horses mouth, Fletcher or the horses ass, Fletcher's boys!

SIU
SIU

Lyden has a connection with Bob Fletcher. Fletcher's cronie Steve Lydon (inspector) was the source of the leak and all leaks. He was the front man when it came to leaking information, stories and police reports that would benefit Fletcher. Call in the FEDS. These two along with his minons are all guilty and should be prosecuted.

MR T
MR T

Where on earth did Bostrom find this guy, Jims used car lot?  Seems like mental illness runs in the Bostrom Supporters corner!  Side note: Work on Bostroms campaing and recieve special treatment and high paying do nothing jobs!

ThisTommyAintNoWizard
ThisTommyAintNoWizard

Tom Lyden is such a bottom feeder, I don't care what story he is reporting on.  It makes me lose interest in just the thought of him talking.

Butterflygirl
Butterflygirl

Just a guess here, but i would assume that since former Sheriff Bob Fletcher took this deputy's gun and badge away and demoted him to Correctional Officer... I would guess his prior Internal affairs case was closed under Fletcher... therefore public information..... However Bostrom [new Sheriff] reinstated him to deputy status once he took office and then conducted his own internal affairs with his people.  So I'm not sure when Tom Lyden reported this? But it sounds like Tom Lyden was reporting on the interal affairs case Fletcher conducted...... from the fox 9 video it looks like Fletcher was still in Office when this was made

Mrs T
Mrs T

it appears thats this Jim guy is a regular guy, unlike all the "I think my shit don't stink people"... its all about the truth and this report is way far rom it... mental illness.oh ok... lets look at pervios year tax returns... their is a new more fair sheriff in town... one whom is honest and believe in the reagular Joe working his way to the top with hard work ! No iam not a deputy "just a reader and ramsey county resident" ... a happier one i might add!

RIP Dan
RIP Dan

Your guess is wrong. Fletcher demoted him to a correctional officer and the union attorney appealed it immediately, therefore it was still an open investigation and should not have been released to anyone. It was not public information. Tom Lyden was informed of this before the story aired and he didn't care, he went ahead with it anyway.

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