A former Eden Prairie and St. Paul cop who says police across the state repeatedly checked her personal data without an official purpose is naming names in a lawsuit against the officers and their employers.
Anne Rasmusson is suing at least 16 cities and counties and more than 140 police officers who she says illegally accessed her information in a state drivers license and vehicle registration database as many as 550 times. She filed a federal suit in March, and sought to amend the complaint on Friday with an 88-page filing that lists every officer involved.
The access was most prevalent in the Twin Cities, where 46 Minneapolis police employees and 61 St. Paul police employees accessed Rasmusson’s data, according to the complaint. The filing shows that Rasmusson’s information was accessed regularly, at all hours, over a six-year period.
Court filings show the case was slated for a settlement conference all day Monday. One of Rasmusson’s attorneys, Jon Strauss, said in an e-mail Monday evening that the conference was ongoing and they had “nothing to report right now.”
The state’s Driver and Vehicle Services database contains personal information on drivers, including photographs, physical descriptions, convictions and addresses. The information is protected under state and federal laws. Just last week, two Minneapolis employees were placed on paid leave for using the database without an official purpose.
Rasmussen’s complaint claims that employees at 23 agencies across the state accessed her information between 2005 and 2012, based on an audit by the Department of Public Safety and information gathered during the discovery process. It says the city of Eden Prairie, for example, demoted Sgt. Carter Staaf after he encouraged subordinates to look Rasmusson up “because she was very attractive and so they could see that ‘she’s changed and she’s got a new look.’”
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