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Kenyon: Richard Thissen files suit against police chief Lee Sjolander & state trooper Troy Siems

Discussion in 'Outstate' started by M, Nov 3, 2012.

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    Red Wing Republican-Eagle: Lawsuit filed against police chief, trooper (July 25 2012)

    A lawsuit was filed in United States District Court last month against Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander and Minnesota State Highway Patrol Officer Troy Siems alleging civil rights violations ... In it, Thissen alleges that both Sjolander and Siems used “excessive force” while taking him into custody on two separate occasions, depriving Thissen of his civil rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution. According to the complaint, Sjolander arrested Thissen in June 2009 for violation of a harassment restraining order that the Kenyon Police Department had obtained against him. Sjolander “slammed (Thissen) into a wall, hit him forcefully in the face with his elbow causing his nose to bleed,” the complaint says. The violation of a restraining order charge against Thissen was eventually dismissed.

    Kenyon Leader: Allegations are a sham, says Kenyon Chief of Police (Aug 2 2012)

    In an answering brief filed July 31, Sjolander denied all of Thissen’s claims, calling the allegations frivolous. He said Thissen repeatedly harassed, called and stalked Kenyon officers and Kenyon staff, which led Sjolander to file for and obtain a restraining order against him. Sjolander’s reply said the complaint by Thissen was brought in bad faith, without legal justification or proper inquiry, and that it was served only with the intent to harass him.

    Sjolander’s report asserts that he did not arrest Thissen on June 25, 2009, but that Thissen was arrested by a Goodhue County Deputy Sheriff for an arrest warrant issued by a judge earlier that month for violation of the harassment restraining order. No Kenyon officer was present or involved in that arrest, the report claims.

    In addition, Sjolander noted that contacts with Thissen were videotaped and contain Thissen’s threat to sue the City of Kenyon and its police department for harassment. Sjolander said he did arrest Thissen on November 3, 2010, and that previous allegations of excessive force, including being placed on the floor and handcuffed too tightly, are fraudulent and defamatory. The entire arrest is on videotape and had a proper inquiry been conducted, this lawsuit would not exist, said Sjolander.

    Which leaves us with the obvious question -- why was not a proper inquiry conducted?
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    Bemidji Pioneer: Kenyon police chief calls allegations 'frivolous' (Aug 2 2012)

    Lee Sjolander, along with his lawyer, Jon Iverson, filed a response Tuesday to the lawsuit brought against him by Richard Thissen in June.
    Thissen is alleging that Sjolander, along with Minnesota State Trooper Troy Siems, deprived him of his civil rights by using excessive force to arrest him in two separate incidents in 2009. "Defendant denies Plaintiff Thissen's frivolous allegations in their entirety," Tuesday's filing says ... Siems has until Aug. 15 to file a response.
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    Kenyon Messenger: Kenyon Police Chief Denies Allegations (Aug 14 2012)

    In the original suit, filed by Richard Thissen of Kenyon, Sjolander and a Minnesota Highway patrol Officer, Troy Siems, are accused of each, on separate occasions, violating Thissen’s civil rights by using excessive force to take him into custody. he lawsuit asks for $75,000 for pain and suffering, humiliation, mental anguish attorney’s fees and damages. According to Thissen’s suit the alleged incident with Sjolander took place during an arrest on June 25th, 2009, when Thissen violated a harassment restraining order held against him by the Kenyon Police Department. Thissen claims Sjolander elbowed him in the face, causing a bloody nose, and slammed him into a wall.
    [See articles cited above for Sjolander's response.]

    The claim against the Highway Patrol Officer Siems center around an incident in November of 2009 in which, during an arrest for suspected DWI, Thissen claims Siems hit him forcefully in the chest and tackled him to the ground, knocking out two of his teeth. He also claims Siems knocked him unconscious.

    So it appears to be one lawsuit for two unrelated events. Why wait almost three years to file?
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    Republic Eagle: Trooper denies lawsuit allegations (Aug 15 2012)

    Minnesota State Trooper Troy Siems has filed an answer to the federal lawsuit brought against him earlier this summer, denying that he violated the civil rights of a man he arrested and asking that the suit be dismissed ... In his answer filed Aug. 15, Siems denies “each and every allegation.” He continues, saying that when he pulled Thissen over for a seat belt violation, he noticed “a strong odor of alcohol.” When Siems asked Thissen to perform a sobriety test, Thissen ran into a nearby laundry, ignoring Siems orders to stop. Thissen then “threw a laundry cart at … Siems,” the complaint says.

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