Complaint Prompts Investigation of Mpls Park Police Lieutenant

The following article by Paul Walsh was published in the July 23, 2010 edition of the Star Tribune:


A Minneapolis Park Police lieutenant is the subject of a complaint and has been put on paid leave, a Park Board spokeswoman said Thursday.

Lt. Rob Goodsell is under investigation and will remain on leave until the probe is complete, said spokeswoman Dawn Sommers.

The complaint against Goodsell has no connection to the hasty departure of Brad Johnson as head of the park’s police force, Sommers said.

Sommers said that privacy issues prevent her from saying more about the complaint against Goodsell.

On Monday, Lt. Linda Bergstrom was appointed to immediately replace Johnson, a 34-year Minneapolis police veteran, took over as chief nine years ago.

Johnson’s departure appears to be part of department restructuring plans and is not linked to any wrongdoing on his part, said his attorney, Marshall Tanick.