We’re Not Going to Get Much Justice From Cops Investigating Themselves

Former Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson describes the imbalance created by local police agencies focused more on enforcement than the community. C.S. Hagen / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — In early June, Todd Osmundson, then a deputy chief with the Fargo Police Department, made the astoundingly poor choice to infiltrate, in plain clothes, a rowdy protest inspired by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

As part of is ill-conceived cover, Osmundson chose to carry around what he initially claimed was an empty beer can (he later admitted he was drinking beer) and shout expletives at his fellow officers.

I was the first to report on Osmundson’s conduct in a June 3 column, and by June 4, Osmundson had resigned.

The Fargo Police Department investigated Osmundson’s conduct. The resulting report found that Osmundson’s actions had “created significant risk to the public, himself and other officers.”

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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