Police Officers Get Promoted During MPD Investigation

Updated: 10/02/2013 7:37 AM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

Two Minneapolis Police Department patrol officers were promoted to Sergeant in August, but they were part of the Traffic Unit that is still under investigation.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported in our months-long investigation last May that Officers Steve Fogarty and Aaron Prescott were part of an Internal Affairs Investigation after our story revealed possible misconduct by at least a half-dozen officers in the Traffic Unit from 2009 through 2012.

At the time of our investigation, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "We are taking these allegations seriously, and what you found (KSTP) we are looking at, and I have asked Internal Affairs (IAU) to look into the entire Traffic Unit."

We have been told the IAU investigation into the Traffic Unit, which included Officers Steve Fogarty and Aaron Prescott at the time, is still underway and there is not a final disposition.

Michael Quinn retired from the Minneapolis Police Department after working as an officer for more than 20 years and spent two years in the Internal Affairs Unit. He wrote a book called "Walking With The Devil: What bad cops don't want you to know and what good cops won't tell you." The book focused on practices in the Minneapolis Police Department. He now teaches police ethics at Metro State University.

Quinn says, "Civil service rules do not allow the MPD to deny a promotion to an officer under investigation. But, there is a six-month probationary period for promoted Sergeants, and if the IAU investigation ended in discipline for Officers Fogarty and Prescott before the six-month probationary period is over, it would be very easy for MPD to demote them back to patrol officers."

We asked, for several weeks, to get an on-camera interview with the MPD Administration, but we were unable to successfully connect for an interview.