Suicide Files: Sheriff Fletcher supporters who weren't investigated by Internal Affairs

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In this week's feature, we told the story of Ramsey County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Ruettimann, who committed suicide in early October. Shortly before his death, he asked a friend to pass a package of paperwork to this City Pages reporter.

Included in the package was a detailed account of an Internal Affairs investigation on Ruettimann. The deputy was certain his case was opened because he was supporting then-sheriff Bob Fletcher's opponent in the 2010 campaign.

To prove his point, Ruettimann pulled police reports from all over the state on several other members of the department who were accused of similar or worse offenses, but were never subjected to an Internal Affairs investigation. Ruettimann believed it was because they were Fletcher supporters.

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Ruettimann believed some deputies were spared Internal Affairs investigations under former Sheriff Bob Fletcher.

​The reports that Ruettimann pulled on other officers -- four in total -- cover a variety of offenses, from drunk driving to domestic assault. City Pages determined from a Data Practices request that Ruettimann was correct -- none of the officers were investigated by Internal Affairs for the crimes described in any of the reports. For this reason, City Pages is withholding their names.

  • One deputy rolled his car over on the highway in 2005. To prevent his service weapon from exploding, responding officers had to go into the burning car to retrieve it. The handle was partially melted. At the hospital, the deputy had a blood alcohol level of 0.19.

No investigation has ever been opened on this officer.

  • In 2001, a lieutenant careened his snowmobile off a snow bank, going airborne before crashing onto a skating rink. He was badly injured, and at the hospital his blood alcohol level read 0.25.

An Internal Affairs investigation found the officer at fault in a 1995 excessive force charge, but nothing was opened in the snowmobiling incident.

    One deputy had two incident reports in Ruettimann's file:
    • In 2008, he sped through a stop sign and was pulled over by a Washington County Sheriff's deputy. He took a breathalyzer which came back 0.12 and was arrested.
    • In 2005, officers responded to a domestic assault call to the same deputy's home. His wife told police they'd fought over who left the toilet seat up, and that he started to choke her. She said he hit her in the face twice, physically threw her out the front door, then "kicked and punched her" when she was able to get back in. Her brother told the cops he'd seen the deputy slap his wife twice and throw her out of the house. The responding officers noted the deputy's wife had visible injuries. A domestic assault case against the deputy was eventually dismissed.
    While no investigation was opened on either incident, the officer has had numerous trips to Internal Affairs. In 2000, he was found culpable in an excessive force charge. In 2002, he was faulted for driving conduct. In 2006, he was suspended for four days for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer. The punishment stemmed from an incident when the deputy rolled through a red light and was hit by another car. An arrestee he was taking to booking was injured in the accident and had to go to the hospital. When asked for an explanation, the deputy reportedly said, "Honest to god truth is, it was around 4 o'clock I was being impatient."
Yet another Internal Affairs investigation for "improper procedure" is currently open on the same deputy.
    • A deputy was reported for threatening to kill another man in an incident report from 2006. The deputy was found passed out in an alley by two women and they guided him to their house in an attempt to help him. When the deputy woke up still intoxicated, he began threatening to kill the home's owner. The homeowner ran out the door in fear and called 911 from a gas station.

    The deputy was not arrested, and though he has been the subject of three unrelated Internal Affairs investigations, none were found substantive.

Ruettimann said that he believed that the Internal Affairs process under Fletcher had been "corrupt and crooked." However, after new Sheriff Matt Bostrom took office, Ruettimann requested some Internal Affairs investigations of his own.

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Deputy Ruettimann requested three Internal Affairs investigations which are currently open.

​In a letter to the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office of Internal Affairs, Ruettimann requested three investigations for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer that related to his own troubles.

One was a sergeant whom Ruettimann claimed was talking derogatorily about him to other officers, saying among other things, "Dan is probably going to get fired." Ruettimann wrote he had two fellow deputies and a sergeant who could back up his claims.

Another was a clerk, who was gossiping about the contents of Ruettimann's confidential Internal Affairs investigation around the office. A second clerk sent Ruettimann an email describing what she'd heard.

"She said . . . 'he hit his wife,'" the second clerk wrote to Ruettimann. "'So he will never get his gun back and that he will stay in the jail.'"

The last request regarded the Ramsey County Internal Affairs investigator who handled Ruettimann's case under Fletcher. Ruettimann pointed out that the investigator had contributed numerous times to Fletcher's re-election campaigns and that she also worked for Fletcher's wife's real estate business.

"Total conflict of interest," Ruettimann told the Minneapolis investigator who re-opened his case.

There are currently Internal Affairs investigations open on all three individuals that Ruettimann named -- the sergeant, the clerk and the investigator -- for Conduct Unbecoming an Officer.

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Madmom
Madmom

sgt whiskey plates and commander roll over.

Ghost of Bostrom
Ghost of Bostrom

Soon to be coming to a new's stand near you! "The Rise and Fall of Sheriff Bostrom"  Matty boy what on earth were you thinking getting involved with politics?  You are NO politician.... boy this is gonna be fun, too easy.  Hey Matty remember those conversations you had with the Mayor when you were his driver?  Matty boy those Fletcher misfits you have associated with are not doing you any favors, in fact they are actually hurting you more than you think. 

Happytown
Happytown

I want to hear more about Fletcher shooting the dog in front of hiswife and child and telling her that she was next, I would also like toknow more about the townhouse fire... Anyone??? I can picture Fletcherdriving around the county acting like he owns it for 16 years, whatdoes the sob do now?  Is he still living in a hotel because Kris foundout about his affair?

Tub-of-Goo
Tub-of-Goo

Gary Olding,Fletcher appointee has a misdemeanor conviction for Disorderly Conduct in Hennepin County yet he was issued a permit to carryby his buddy Sheriff Fletcher. Any other person would have been denied andwould have had to hire an attorney and take Fletcher to court. 99% of the timethey would win but Fletcher still decided on who would carry despite what thelaw said. Fletcher's buddies where all  packing heat like mobsters. Naylonwas driving around like a white pimp in a county owned car with the taxpayersfooting his gas bill and financing his personal business ventures- The Myth. So fuckthe entire BS about Finney, he's old news. Fletcher is old news too, but its funto get a rise out of you fucking idiots. Know go get to work and solve somecrime and quite wasting valuable blogging space on the internet Lydon, AKA Tub-of-Goo......Goo you got Fired.  

Corky#2
Corky#2

Chief Finney,

Answer these questions.

Please explain why Clem Tucker (St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney's former partner) was arrested at Finney's house? Tucker was caught with possessing 22 pounds of cocaine and 13 pounds of methamphetamine.

Please explain why Bill Finney protected St. Paul's major drug dealers all the while he was on the St. Paul School Board?

Please explain why Bill Finney gave his drug dealing friends "Get Out Of Jail Free" letters?

Please explain why the police overlooked the gun Finney's son Jon had at that fight at Lucy's?

Please explain why Finney hired a known drug runner, Aaron Foster to work in the St. Paul Police Property Room where the evidence to his murder case was kept. When Foster went to trial the evidence was "missing."

Please explain how Foster or Finney for that matter can afford high buck defense lawyer Earl Grey to represent them?

Please explain why Finney hired a major drug dealer and former cop who ratted out his fellow officers to guard the St. Paul Police Impound lot?

Please explain why Finney after hearing numerous complaints about Foster hitting women and his threatening these women with a gun (putting the gun to the woman's head threatening to kill her), issues Foster a permit to carry and sells him numerous handguns?

Please explain why Finney gave Foster a Department issued gun, provided him with a St. Paul Police badge when Foster was not a police officer, never had law enforcement training or finished high school?

Finney we are waiting.

Corky
Corky

Hey Jessica, lets be fair here!  But wait you and the rest of the left wing media will print what you want!  Why is it that nobody was ever concerned about former police Chief Bill Finney and all the crap he did as our Police Chief and School board member?

Star Tribune May 12, 1995 "Cop sues St. Paul, alleges sex bias""A St. Paul police officer filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that male officers subjected her to sexual harassment and that reprisals were made against her when she complained.Tamara Hopwood alleges in her suit against the city that several male officers made offensive sexual comments and innuendos and spread rumors in 1992 that she had performed oral sex acts on a public street.Soon after the rumors were spread, she said, one of the officers told her to dial a particular police radio frequency. When Hopwood did, she heard loud and offensive sucking noises, the lawsuit alleges.After complaining about the harassment, Hopwood says, she faced such reprisals as an unwanted job transfer, false rumors she was having sexual relations with a known criminal and an illegal arrest by fellow officers for drunken driving in 1993..."Star Tribune July 23, 1998 “Cop awarded $55,000 for sex harassment”“St. Paul police officer Tamara Hopwood has been awarded $55,000 plus attorney fees in a sexual harassment lawsuit after a judge ruled that fellow officers spread rumors about her sex life and made sucking sounds over their police radios to ridicule her...""Ramsey County District Judge Bertrand Poritsky pointed a finger at Police Chief William Finney, saying a series of retaliatory acts aimed at Hopwood could have been avoided if the chief had taken more immediate action when she first complained in 1992.“Had Chief Finney acted promptly and directly ... it is more likely than not that the sexual harassment would have stopped,” Poritsky wrote in a seven-page order signed Monday.“Immediate and informal action by Chief Finney would most likely not have caused the antagonisms.””…Harassment continues to this very day, but [other female officers] are too afraid to say anything because they’ll be treated the same way I was,” she said Wednesday.“They took my complaints as if I were the perpetrator...instead of like a victim.”Poritsky said most of Hopwood’s problems started after, on Finney’s advice, she filed a complaint with the department’s internal affairs unit in 1993. The judge said a “series of retaliatory acts” included shunning Hopwood, failing to give her backup and making untrue allegations that she was a drug dealer.”“…Hopwood, the department’s top-ranked recruit in 1991, patrols the downtown skyways. She thanked former Minneapolis Police Chief Tony Bouza for testifying on her behalf…”

RC DEPUTY
RC DEPUTY

Why are we all protecting Fletcher? He is not in office anymore, yet people still act like they are afraid to talk for what he might do in retaliation! It is time we start telling all guys! We can't hide it forever, we would all be better off to just come clean with everything! 

PERA
PERA

dont you just wonder who, what, where, when, how and why. Who's next? lots of paperwork to go through. Maybe some are talking. Maybe others are retiring. Maybe others are thinking what the '"fuck happened?" Maybe others are still under investigation. One can only wonder.  

person
person

reading all these comments, l get the feeling that this fletcher dude and his friends are trying hard to twist things with all these comments... just proves to me that, you lie even more when you get caught... when you are corrupt and looking for a way out... sounds like its a good thing the  old sheriff is gone!

just the facts
just the facts

"reality check"  sorry, but the information given to the reporter were facts. If you read the article carefully, you would have read that all the info in the article were actual various police reports taken in connection with those deputies mentioned.  As well as the reporters request for internal affairs information.  The fact is, that many of the police reports had no internal affairs investigations to go with them.......Those are the facts!

Sister
Sister

 Ramesy County Citizen~  As Dan's sister, I asked that you all quit and you couldn't stop. You have said some pretty disturbing things about my brother. I do know the entire story and unless you want me to start talkin and sharing way more than what you would want to come out, I would stop now. You are right, this will impact us forever, but you are making it 100 times worse. I have 2 teenagers who are reading these pathetic comments, how do you think this makes them feel?  Feel free to give me a call if you would like to chat because I have much to say!  Make sure Fletcher is with you too please!

Dee
Dee

Hmmmm sure it was a suicide?? Just saying..

Phoenix
Phoenix

Lussenhop is a genius.  She's showing the cards one at a time, letting the Fletcher crowd say all sorts of things that they wind up regretting when her next card falls.

Averangecitizen
Averangecitizen

Hate to break the news here guys, but Bob Fletcher is not in office anymore, the election is over. Once again Bostrom and his cronies are trying to deflect anything negative and spin it to there favor.  Sorry but the old "look over here trick" isnt working.   This does not hide the fact that Bostrom gave this unstable deputy his gun back, because of a political favor owed to him and he failed miserably, I just wonder how many more people recieved high paying do nothing jobs for working on Bostroms campaign?  The problem falls back on Bostrom is beholden to the DFL party [he must do as they say] how is that fair to the taxpayers?  It's run as a dictatorship!  Bostrom was purchased by the DFL party to be our Sheriff! The only problem is, like any other elected official you cannot please everyone! Sooner or later the DFL or the endorsements Bostrom is beholden to will not get what they want because Bostrom will be unable to return the favor especially in public safety!

I agree somewhat about how the internal affairs process was conducted but, I am sure you could go to St. Paul Police and find similar issues.... Chief Finney comes to mind! Or Hennepin County Sheriff's Office...... or any other public sector governement work... public works etc?

If this deputy was so concerned about the internal affairs process and wanted to be fair, he should of looked at how many non-Fletcher supporters had similar cases and weren't investigated about their conduct! 

Ghost of Fletcher
Ghost of Fletcher

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anreader
anreader

when the crooks get caught they lie even more!... just more proof... thanks!

anreader
anreader

is this story about finney ? twisting and evilness rings out again... oh yah we are not dealing with honest people here... they are FOB's or F

anreader
anreader

Jessica please tell us more! great job

Disappointed Citizen
Disappointed Citizen

Wouldn't you agree that our current Ramsey County Sheriff Matt Bostrom has some explaining to do?  Why has he been silent on Rueittmann's situation, us citizens haven't heard one word from him?  What were the results of Minneapolis police internal affair's investigation on his case?  Were they different from Fletcher's findings/results?  Why did he reverse former Sheriff Fletcher's decison?  Did Bostrom owe Rueittmann a poltical favor because he worked on his campaign? 

Lastly, its inappropriate for our sheriff to have his political supporters give documents to a city pages blogger which are considered highy controversial, was this Bostrom idea?  If so I find this quite disgusting

Teflon Don
Teflon Don

Why? Its because the FOB's are like the mafia, they are all loyal to Lord Bob Fletcher

ramsey county resident
ramsey county resident

I hope all the in play! and these people that we call law inforcement with authority will pay like the public does... we want all the dirt on these thugs... do tell all!

anreader
anreader

I HOPE the crooks will pay is all i can say...

observer
observer

Is buzzy still a falling down drunk?

Dont get it
Dont get it

Umm Hello, how in anyway could these stories benefit Bostrom or hurt Fletcher any worse?  Last I checked Fletcher is out of office most people who hate Fletcher already have there minds made up, these stories certainly aren't going to change anything.     If nothing else these stories are hurting the poor deeasded deputy's reputation and family.  Honestly until now and after reading these I had no clue what happened, but after reading the stories it illustrates how paranoid this individual was, it makes it sound like he had all kinds of mental health issues, plus I had no clue about his political affiliation to Bostrom until now.  I truly feel for the deceased deputy's family and his kids.  Enough is enough, what is all this going to prove?  Like another poster said... you might win the battle but you'll lose the war

Phoenix
Phoenix

Fletcher's buddies (like Dave Titus) are still in power, and it looks like they just got Lee Helgen whacked and replaced on the city council with their own pet, who got lots and lots of very expensive support never before seen in a local city council race: http://phoenixwoman.wordpress....

hull
hull

but he thinks is still in office...  the word mulipulate come to mind!

Dwt
Dwt

Okay FOB>>>>>>>>>>>

Jimmy H
Jimmy H

no, but my boyfriend is

RC DEPUTY
RC DEPUTY

Why do all of you FOB's bring sheriff Bostrom into this?  This has nothing to do with him. It is only the FOB's that are questioning it and it is only because you can't stand to see the truth be told about Fletcher!

jimmys friend
jimmys friend

great grammar, great spelling........... if you could put a sentence together somebody might actually take you serious

RC DEPUTY
RC DEPUTY

He won the lottery and moved to california and bought a winery, so yes he pry is a falling down drunk, He is a very rich happy one though!  

Phoenix
Phoenix

Unlike "Ramesy County Citizen", at least you put some effort (or at least more verbiage) into avoiding challenging any of the facts in Lussenhop's story.  You get a gold star.

justthefacts
justthefacts

For one, these are not stories, but facts.  These facts are just exposing Fletcher for what he was an unethical corrupt leader.  Until now, nobody would report these facts so nobody knew the truth about him.  Police reports don't lie!  Facts are facts and they finally came out!  This proves what has been thought all along.  If you support Bob, he will protect you.  If you don't support Bob, he will get you.  If that isn't the definition of corruption, then I don't know what is.  This article proves that!

Phoenix
Phoenix

How lame!  You know you can't attack Lussenhop on the facts, so you don't even try.

BFWB
BFWB

What is FOB?

Not Happy
Not Happy

For "Happytown": Likewise, the same could be said about Bostrom.......... Anyway this isn't about Bostorm Cronies or Fletcher, it's about getting the job done!  And by the way your entire post could be applied to any elected official or politcian out there right or wrong!

Happytown
Happytown

You don't think it is possible to have these feelings about Fletcher without being involved with Bostrom, you are dead wrong! We are not Bostrom cronies we are just people sick of how Fletcher treats people, how he acts, the misuse of power. controlling, power hungry, evil, how he goes out of his way to destroy people he feels have betrayed him.

Disappointed Citizen
Disappointed Citizen

not surprising, very typical, once again Bostrom's cronies resort to name calling, im not sure what FOB is or means!  It sure is a shame to see our Sheriff be associated with someone like you, I guess the old saying is true you are judged by the company you keep!

anreader
anreader

so what you FOB are turning it around plotting evil and looking for more lies... our new sheriff is honest and gives no special treatment to any one... and once again " when the crooks get caught they lie even more!"

Ramesy County Citizen
Ramesy County Citizen

How can Bostrom not have some responsibility, i guess its how you read the story....

Disappointed Citizen
Disappointed Citizen

I appreciate your demeanor, at least you don't resort to name calling!  But I think you and our Sheriff Bostrom are in for a surprise, rumor has it, there is some people not happy right now, even people who knew Matt and his father and mother (Dan & Rosie) for many years are not agreeing with some of Matt's decisons he made

ramsey county resident
ramsey county resident

 rip me apart because of my spelling?... well whatever... i guess  4 years of college wasn't in grammar... now days we use spell check... generation X...I majored in health care, not in grammar.... and i too thougth i was a friend of Jimmy's...??? lets turn this back to what the story is about huh

Reality Check
Reality Check

Sorry "just the facts" but your logical reasoning here is seriouly flawed!  You are basing your entire premise on that everything including information/documents the deceased deupty gave to  'Jimmy'...... who then gave them to a blogger/city pages reporter as "true" and "correct".  These documents have yet to be disputed by anyone!      Now lets get to the facts

FACT Dan Ruettimann worked on Matt Bostrom's campaign

FACT Dan Ruettimann had his service weapon & deputy badge taken away by former Sheriff Bob Fletcher

FACT Dan Ruettimann was involved with a domestic dispute with his ex-wife more than once.

FACT Dan Ruettimann was reinstated by Matt Bostrom and was given his service weapon and deputy Sheriff badge back

FACT Dan Ruettimann unfortunately ended his life with his service weapon Bostrom gave back to him

How in the hell can you say that this has nothing to do with Bostrom?

just the facts
just the facts

Sorry, "Don't get it" and "Ramsey County Citizen" seem like the same person to me.  All these two can keep referring to is Bostrom.  This article has nothing to do with Bostrom.  This article lays out some facts found in police reports that show the unethical and corrupt way Fletcher ruled the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department.  By paybacks and protection.  This article proves that  Fletcher did that.  Ramsey County Citizen and Dont get it do not even try and deny the facts of the article. They just keep bringing up the current sheriff. Typical political speak.  Can't deny an action or get caught doing something, try to move the focus somewhere else.  Facts are Facts people, time to accept that.

Taxpayer
Taxpayer

I agree with 'Ramsey County Citizen'  bascially what you have here is an elected Sheriff who was purchased by the DFL party and is beholden to them and their special interest groups!  I am a bit dissapointed in all this because I recall Matt Bostrom way early on before the election said "If elected I want to take politics out of the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office".... If anything I think he brought more "politics" into the Sheriff's office when he sought a political party endorsement and speical intrest endorsements into the equation.  Why should a County Sheriff be beholden to any political party?  Republican or Democrat?  I wonder if everyone would supported/endorsed Matt would still feel the same about him had he belonged to the Republican party? 

Ramesy County Citizen
Ramesy County Citizen

When I read these articles and more importantly the comments, I guess there is such a dislike by some of the former sheriff, but when yuo talk about facts in the story you all should remember that this is half the "story", for all the comments about this being Fletchers doing....I just dont see it, you had a troubled deputy that was in need of help and didnt receive it....a deputy that felt the new administreation was going to back him because the evil Fletcher was out to get him and when the new administration backed the decision made by the former Sheriff it was too much for this deputy to handle......while we will all go on with our lives please remember that this deputy has a family and they will be impacted by this for the rest of their lives....if you want to talk politics, which the Sheriffs office shouldnt be, the DFL party has bought the Sheriffs office and now the new guy is going to beholden to these special interest groups......only in Ramsey County would we make our Sheriffs office political......

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