Chief Harteau says MPD wasn't responsible for motorcycle accident that killed Ivan Romero

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Ivan Romero (right) and his girlfriend.
As officers converged on the south Minneapolis basement where robbery suspect Terrence Frankin was cornered on the afternoon May 10, a police SUV struck 24-year-old motorcyclist Ivan Romero at the intersection West 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue, killing him and injuring his girlfriend.

RELATED: Motorcyclist lies dead in the street after hitting MPD squad during police chase [PHOTOS]

Witness accounts of the accident differed. The MPD said the officer driving the SUV was traveling slowly with lights and sirens on in the moments leading up to the wreck, but others said it was going 50 mph. One witness even said the SUV didn't have its siren on.

During a news conference this morning, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau announced the results of a lengthy investigation into the fatal crash. She said investigators concluded the officers involved did nothing wrong, and no criminal charges will be filed.

Here's details from an assortment of local reporters who covered the newser: Today's announcement mirrors the results of the official investigation into Franklin's killing -- no officers faced discipline or charges in connection with incident either.

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Matt1Up
Matt1Up

How come Chief Harteau isn't letting us know about this guys criminal record? I though that was an important part of the story when someone is killed......

Kevin M Frazier
Kevin M Frazier

that`s bull shit he would be alive if they weren`t chasing the suspect the police get away with way too much shit every night i see at least 3 squad cars hit the lights because they are too damm lazy to wait like we have too and the biggest joke is that they sit in the bus transfer station lanes on 46th st and south 35 w hiding from speeders how is this even legal this country is going to shit fast bad cops bad government bad judges what a joke

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

even if the guy on a bike was at the wrong in the wrong

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

you know Joe you're right that officer will have to live with it everyday knowing that he killed someone doing his job. while'" someone trying to get to his family members

Daniel McDonough
Daniel McDonough

the fact of the matter is, a call went out saying everything was under control. so the officer should not have had his lights and siren on and should not have gone through the red light. he knows what he did and will have to live with it the rest of his life. that should be punishment enough.

Jon Lundberg
Jon Lundberg

The cop was going the speed limit with lights flashing! The biker was speeding, had no endorsement, and failed to yeild to an emergency vehichle. It's a sad accident, not officer negligence.

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

If it had it's lights and siren on and the person driving wasn't properly licensed and didn't move out of the way for it, yeah, I can see that being possible...

ludwitr
ludwitr

" a police SUV struck 24-year-old motorcyclist Ivan Romero"

Didn't the motorcycle strike the rear quarter panel of the police vehicle?  I don't see how the SUV could have possibly struck the motorcycle, unless it was driving backwards and sideways down the street....

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

It doesn't change anything if the kid gets hit and he has a motorcycle endorsement. Cop still hit him during a pursuit. But I can't help but wonder why the kid thought the law didn't apply to him. If he had obeyed the law, he might still have been killed that day, while driving his bike legally. But we do know that he wasn't legally driving, and if he hadn't chosen to disobey the law, he'd likely be alive today. Choosing to disobey the law doesn't mean you will die, or that you deserve to die, but it's sad to know that if the kid didn't think he was above the law, he'd be reading about Sarah Palin's book signing at Mall of America, and asking everyone at City Pages, "Who cares?"
#TweetsAreYours

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

And just think: If Terrence Franklin had only surrendered to police when he was pulled over, none of this would have happened. 

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

they should sue Franklins family for causing all this..

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I should also say I am VERY in involved in things that happen in my community

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I'm not a police office. I have went on several ride alongs and seen the best from officers. I dont judge till I HAVE WALKED IN SOMEONES SHOES. I also know it's my job to protect my self. maybe we should do their job before we judge

Kevin Green
Kevin Green

Oh gee how astounding that the police while investigating themselves find no evidence of wrongdoing? SNICKER SNICKER.

Omar
Omar

 @Matt Erickson , fuck you. Having proper MC or not, the man was killed by a cop running a red light. I hope you accidentally get hit by a police car crossing the street.

Dan Gustafson
Dan Gustafson

@Matt he put himself in an involuntary third party position as being collateral loss for the MPD's overzealous commando wannabes?

sosmpls
sosmpls

If Harteau's mouth is moving she's lying!

Matt Erickson
Matt Erickson

Seems to me if this guy didn't have a MC endorsement or a DL, he should have not been on the bike in the first place. He put himself in that situation.

Chris Peden
Chris Peden

If it was a motorcycle cop that was killed. The person driving would be in jail.

Jason Thor Carle
Jason Thor Carle

I could have told you months ago that they would say this.

joshuafest
joshuafest

Its not gonna help the officers sleep at night. With that blood on there hands, they know how everything went down. From the street to the basement.

Brian Steidl
Brian Steidl

Idk I see people that can't figure out how come the police ambulances etc have right away.

Joseph Bartel
Joseph Bartel

Are police ever held accountable for any negative repercussion of their reckless behavior?

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

So in that entire debacle, the suspect was responsible for getting himself shot, and the motorcyclist was responsible for getting himself killed, and the police weren't responsible for anything. Are the police three years old?

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

Chief Harteau is a bureaucrats dream. Terrible face for MPLS.

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

The police are never responsible for anything so this should surprise no one.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

of course not. they can do no wrong. smh

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

I don't know how I feel about this ....

Nate
Nate

@Kevin M Frazier Or he would be alive if he took a motorcycle test, and yielded to an emergency vehicle like he's supposed to. Emergencies happen, and if it were my self, or my family, or anyone for that matter, I wouldn't want the responding police/ambulance/fire  to have to wait at a red light. 

sosmpls
sosmpls

@Matt Erickson 

So, you endorse the death penalty for driving a motorcycle w/o proper permits. Nice!

WatusiJenkins
WatusiJenkins

@Bob Alberti 

Yes, the suspect was responsible for getting himself shot. He eluded police while putting the public in danger. 

sosmpls
sosmpls

@CinBlueland @sosmpls 

Say What? You don't know a thing about me. What part of "blame the victim " is too complex for your tiny mind?

This story has changed more times than the rules for Obama Care.

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