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Video: Minneapolis Group Pushes for Police Officers to Buy Their Own Liability Insurance

March 01, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Minneapolis Group Pushes for Police Officers to Buy Their Own Liability Insurance

A Minneapolis group has created a petition to change the city's charter to require police officers to provide their own liability insurance. 

City officials say in the past five years, the city has paid out almost $12 million in police lawsuits. The city settled 111 cases; it won in 54 others.

The Committee for Professional Policing's petition pushes for an amendment to the Minneapolis City Charter that would allow the city to pay the base rate of a policy for police, but require any premiums brought on by risky conduct be covered by the officers themselves.

Lt. Bob Kroll is the head of the Minneapolis Police Federation, the union that represents officers. "Our labor agreement mandates the city provides insurance," he told KTSP TV.

The Committee for Professional Policing will be caucusing Tuesday. Members say it has enough signatures to get the measure on November's ballot. 

Comments (5)

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Percy @ 3/1/2016 1:09 PM

Should be nationwide.

Frank @ 3/1/2016 6:57 PM

I agree, pay them an extra $100,000 per year like doctors and I'm sure they'd be happy to get their own malpractice insurance.

OK then @ 3/2/2016 6:23 AM

If these towns stopped paying people to go away w/ their frivolous lawsuits there wouldn't be a problem. This practice of "it is cheaper to pay than fight" sets a destructive precedent.

Robert @ 3/2/2016 1:15 PM

First, it appears the current contract makes this point mute...but in the next contract I guess it could be debated.
Next, being a taxpayer it is not unreasonable in my mind...except I would send the bill to the local LEO Union / PBA. Part of the union dues already goes to insurance / legal retainer coverage.
3rd: if this is what it takes to spread the risk from the taxpayer to those who commit the deed...I am for it in general.

OK Then: Most towns have little control over when they pay lawsuits...the insurance company makes the call. I guarantee you the insurance company has a very, very advanced algorithm on whether they pay. They will not pay unless there is a decent chance of them losing (aka LEO misconduct). What you call frivolous, the insurance company reviews objectively and decides to pay or not....and they won't pay a true frivolous lawsuit.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/29/2016 10:39 PM

I'm all for the city providing their Officers with liability insurance. Making Officers buy their own insurance won't stop the thugs and crybabies from making complaints about too much force. Three fourths of all arrested persons think that the arresting Officer used too much force. They're wrong and biased.

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