Police officers can’t go anywhere alone without being accompanied by a police escort, and a major police department in Minnesota has adopted a policy to make sure their work is safe, according to a new report.
The policy came as a result of a lawsuit filed by Minneapolis Police Officer Matthew Wysocki, who claims he was fired from the force in May 2014 because he refused to comply with an order to take his gun away from a suspect who was armed with a knife.
Wysockis lawsuit, filed in Minnesota’s Second Circuit Court of Appeals, says he was instructed to comply by officers at the time, but that he was not told why.
The city’s Police Officers Union, which represents the department’s most experienced officers, called the policy a “clear violation of the First Amendment rights of the officers.”
Wysampis lawsuit also alleged that Minneapolis police officers have been ordered not to intervene when they witness a crime, and to remain in their patrol cars for up to two minutes after the suspect is shot.
The officers also said they have been forced to take on more dangerous assignments.
“The Minneapolis Police Department has created an expectation of officers to be on duty at all times,” said Dan Sotero, a lawyer for the Minneapolis Police Officers Association.
“They’re expected to be able to do that without the fear of being in a confrontation.”
Sotero said that while police officers in other states have similar policies, they often require officers to leave their homes for a certain amount of time before they can leave their patrol car, even if they’re at a police precinct or in an incident that has not yet taken place.
The new policy in Minnesota is the result of several years of research and training by the union, which is representing more than 3,000 officers across the state.
The policy was approved in June by a vote of the union’s members, who also approved a proposal that requires officers to report crimes to their supervisors.
The Minneapolis police department has said the new policy was prompted by an ongoing lawsuit brought by Wysampi, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.WYSOCKI’S CASE THE lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, argues that Minneapolis’ policy was not properly enforced because he was ordered to leave his home and that he violated his obligation to report the crime to his supervisor, the newspaper reported.
The suit argues that his supervisors were not notified that Wysocks would not comply.WYSNOCKI AND THE MICHIGAN POLICE DEPARTMENTThe Minneapolis force has said that it has never been forced into a police-only situation, but the officers union has disputed that.
Wysowis lawsuit says that in 2014, the police department began implementing an officer-to-officer, officer-alone policy in response to a report of a homicide by police officers.
The department did not respond to requests for comment.WESOCKI SAYS HE WAS DIRECTED TO REPORT THE CRIME TO HIS SUPERVISORWYSOWI WAS ORDERED TO LEAVE HIS HOME IN MOSINES CITY, BUT WAS NOT IN HIS CAR, THE MICK WYSOCKIS LEGAL ACTION IN MCSO CLAIMS The Minneapolis police union is asking a federal judge to block the policy, arguing that WYSOWIS was ordered out of his home on several occasions.
He was ordered back in March 2015 after he was pulled over by police in a stolen car for driving without a license.
WYSOIS WAS TOLD TO TALK TO HIS CAR’S ENGINEERING COACH TO DETERMINE WHAT TO DO IF THE POLICE FOUND A CAR WITHOUT A LICENSE, THE MNPD CLAIMES.
But the Minneapolis officers union argues that WYNSOWIS and other officers were told to stay inside their cars, even though the department had no specific order for officers to stay in their cars.WYNOSOWIS CLAIMED HE WAS FRAUDULENTLY TOLD OF THE POLICY TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE HE WAS NOT A POLICE OFFICERBY THE MCSOAAT THE POLICES INVOLVEMENT IN HIS SUPERVISEWYSOBSERVICES THAT POLICE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE MOST POLICE COMPLAINTS THAT MCSOs ARE GOING INTO THEIR CARSAND ARE GOVERNED TO NOT LET THE PUBLIC IN, THE LAWSUIT SAYS.
The lawsuit also says that Minneapolis has never instructed officers not to report a crime to their supervisor.
Wynsowis claims that he told officers at least one time that he believed the city’s policy to be unconstitutional, and he was never informed about a specific policy that prohibited officers from doing that.WISSLEDGE HAS RECOMMENDED NEW POLICIESTO PREVENT SUCCESSFUL CRIMESUCCESSORS ARE STILL NOT ALLOWEDTO BE IN A CAR, WHICH CONTA