Three high-ranking Minneapolis police officers who were cleared of criminal allegations returned to their jobs yesterday. The head of the police union called for city officials to look into derogatory and threatening statements that Chief Bill McManus reportedly made when he put the officers on leave more than three weeks ago, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
“If a citizen alleged that an officer called them names or threatened them, an investigation would be immediately opened,” said president John Delmonico. “We have a pretty substantial allegation of the chief calling these officers names and threatening them. Is there some sort of double standard for department heads?”
In statements to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) during an investigation into whether a deputy chief ordered the destruction of a memo about the shooting of an officer, Lt. Mike Carlson said McManus told him that he was politically stupid and naive for backing another candidate before McManus was approved as chief.
Delmonico said he wants the city’s Human Resources Department to investigate McManus’ comments because they set the tone for a hostile work environment. Many City Council members expressed concern about the comments attributed to McManus and said an investigation would be worthwhile.