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Continued: Minneapolis police officer with two costly lawsuits has 19 complaints

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 10, 2014 - 1:07 PM

A month later, the City Council approved a $140,000 settlement with Ibrahim Regai, who alleged that he was threatened, followed, then punched and knocked to the ground by Griffin outside a Minneapolis bar on May 29, 2010.

Axel said he filed a lawsuit in the hopes that it would lead to discipline for Griffin, or even the officer’s firing.

“I make plenty of dough. The money has nothing to do with it. My initial inception and reason to do this was to get him fired,” said Axel.

When an internal affairs investigator asked to speak with Axel, he said he didn’t call back, saying he didn’t trust the process.

Although an internal affairs case was opened, it was eventually closed with no discipline issued, according to city records.

A 2013 examination of city payouts for alleged police misconduct found that despite $14 million in payments over the past seven years, the city of Minneapolis Police Department rarely concluded that the police officers involved did anything wrong, a Star Tribune analysis found.

In 95 payouts between 2006 and 2012 to people who said they were mistreated by a police officer, eight lead to officers being disciplined.

Among complaints filed against police officers in 2013, five lead to suspensions, eight to letters of reprimand, 30 to nondisciplinary ends such as coaching or counseling, and two officers were fired.


Matt McKinney • 612-217-1747


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