October 21, 2016 – Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze reinstated by Minneapolis Police Department

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October 21, 2016

Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze reinstated by Minneapolis Police Department

Minneapolis, MN – The following is a statement from Lt. Bob Kroll, President, Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, in response to Minneapolis Police Chief Harteau’s press conference regarding the reinstatement of Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.

“The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis applauds the findings of the MPD Internal Affairs investigation and is please that Officers Ringgenberg and  Schwarze can begin to put this unfortunate event behind them and focus on their careers.

As we have maintained from the start, our officers followed procedure and training protocols, acting within the law, while responding to a dangerous and unfortunate situation that has affected so many lives, including Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.


Members of the public demanded an independent investigation conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, demanded oversight be provided by the United States Department of Justice, and demanded that the Grand Jury process not be used.  After meeting all the demands of the public and the conclusion of Internal Affairs Division investigation, Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze have been exonerated for the third time.

As these officers return to work, we expect all members of the public to accept the process and outcome.”