Anne Marie Rasmusson sues cops who accessed her record

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Today in federal court, attorneys for Anne Marie Rasmusson -- the subject of our February cover story "Is This Woman Too Hot to Have a Driver's License?" -- filed a lawsuit against the agencies, individual officers, and governing bodies involved in an audit of the Driver and Vehicle Services database. The audit, which spanned the years 2007 to 2011, found that Rasmusson's driver's record had been access 425 times by 104 officers in 18 different agencies.

According to the suit, the look-ups were specifically of Rasmusson's name -- not her driver's license number or license plate number -- and that some accesses of her private data were just to see what she looked like.

"Each unauthorized use of her private information, made while acting under color of state law, violated Rasmusson's federal civil rights and constituted behavior prohibited by federal statute," the suit alleges.

Rasmusson, a former Eden Prairie and St. Paul police officer, went on medical retirement in 2003. Since 2006, she heard rumors from friends still on the force that her driver's license record was being accessed improperly. In August 2011, she made a formal complaint to the Department of Public Safety, who conducted the audit.

Despite the fact that Rasmusson does not know all the names of the officers who accessed her record, the list of defendants is lengthy. It includes the handful of officers who've been named in disciplinary actions by their departments: Eden Prairie officers Carter Staaf, Zachary Hessel, and Christopher Millard; Bloomington Police Sergeant Charles Gollop; Eagan Police Officers Sean Sweeney; and State Patrol officers Dean Grothem and Chris Erickson. The cities of Bloomington, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Ramsey County, and the University of Minnesota are named. The suit also lists 120 John and Jane Doe officers and supervisors whose names her attorneys do not know.

The suit argues out that since punishment so far has been inconsistent -- from a demotion in Eden Prairie to no discipline for 24 Minneapolis officers who looked Rasmusson up 133 times -- it's clear that "this illegal access appears to be widespread and pervasive throughout departments, and is a custom and practice. This is demonstrated by the tolerance of this practice, and customary disregard of punishment for violations."

Rasmusson is seeking over $1 million in damages, as well as an injunctions barring the defendants from looking her up or harassing her in any way. She's also requested permission to list a P.O. box on her driver's license in lieu of an actual address.

Read the entire lawsuit here.

Previous coverage:
COVER STORY: Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license?


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Get Medical Records
Get Medical Records

Ummmm I'm sure be the position. Due to the fact almost all business units usually are accomplishing almost nothing, of having for making persons take serious notice is usually to consult for most dollars. We would think received these cops also been priced while using the violations there're purported to include determined (considerably seeing that any person certainly can have) that accommodate can have never ever also been filled out. The way it is usually, police force business units in addition to prosecutors look like indicating of which misconduct will likely be tolerated in addition to reps include very little to help stress about as long as they bust legal issues.

Juliana Rock-Princess Berg
Juliana Rock-Princess Berg

it's not right what happened to her, but $1 million? hell no. for one thing, she's a body builder and does pagents...she knew what she was getting her self into and she's claims she's so distraught. Oh Please! and her case is not worth $1 million, what happened to me is worth way more than her complaint and I'm not suing with my ordeal since I rather never relive it and forget it never happened (a long horrible story, I'd never wish what happened to me on anyone...even my worst enemy).

Pickler
Pickler

i cannot believe that police officers used their privilege and power for anything except good. this is very shocking. 

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

She is not hot to anyone but a meathead police officer...

Sparky
Sparky

The 'learning moment' we need to take from this is that there needs to be a very strict, no-loopholes law that says that ANY public official or employee that improperly accesses any type of government, citizen, or medical record is IMMEDIATELY and with NO opportunity for appeal, fired from their jobs and barred for life from any kind of government employment.  No political protection, no union protection, no immunity from follow-on civil lawsuits. With the huge amount of data being collected and collated by government, there is currently no meaningful (read: enforceable) law preventing casual or malicious mis-use of data.

Jean In St. Paul
Jean In St. Paul

Considering that the government agencies are not upholding the law she fought to uphold herself, she is doing what the law says she is entitled to do; sue those that have violated her rights.

I agree with Frank.  She has every right to do this and when you look at the break down like he has, the amount she is asking for is very reasonable.

MNGOP
MNGOP

I expected a 10, she is more like a 6.  Why was her info accessed?  What were they looking for?   Why?  Anyone whose record that has been accessed more than 5 times in one year without an arrest or ticket, should be notified immediately.  Any noticible pattern of access, that cannot be explained and justified should be investigated.  The only reason we know about this case is she was a cop and someone told her.  How many other cases are out there?

This looks like a perfect class action scenario.  Obviously records access needs to be monitored better.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

They could have just facebook stalked her instead...fools...

Frank Black White
Frank Black White

Troy, think of it this way, it's less than $10,000 for each officer who invaded her privacy.

Or it's also only just under $2,400 for each time an officer BROKE THE LAW.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

Wow - if there is one sure fire way to lose huge percentages of people's sympathy, it's to ask for $1 million in damages to something that didn't mangle your kid or blind you or something.

Not that what happened to her wasn't freaky as hell, but as soon as she says '$1 million,' it automatically seems far less of a big deal than $1 million. I mean, I don't know how you put a price tag on peace of mind, and what happened to her was still wrong. Since it was so pervasive through the system of various departments, I -guess- they can cough up. But still, tax dollars are where it will ultimately come from.

MNmom
MNmom

So, what's your point?  If she had been "hotter" this would have been justified?  Shut up and crawl back under your rock.  It's attitudes like yours that have allowed this kind of BS to continue as long as it has.

FellowHuman
FellowHuman

That's a great point. How about they get in trouble instead of pay her?

Jason Carle
Jason Carle

Where did I say this was justified behavior by the police?  I only stated that she is not hot, unless you happen to be a meathead police officer.  That's it, nothing more.  Stop inventing facts and just stick to whats actually said from now on.  Turn off the emotions and engage some logic and critical thinking skills before commenting.

Me
Me

 Ummmm I think that's the point.  Since most departments are doing nothing, the only way to make people take notice is to ask for a lot of money.  I would guess had those cops been charged with the crimes they are alleged to have committed (much as any of us undoubtedly would have) this suit would have never been filed.  As it is, police departments and prosecutors seem to be saying that misconduct will be tolerated and officers have little to worry about if they break the law.

Jason carle
Jason carle

@0d6653fc1dd6a7aa3fcf753688fc9c49:disqus  Jason you are stupid as fuck! You say logic and critical thinking and are talking about meathead cops and the term hot? Plus your real name while talking about cops...stupid!

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