Ex-Minn. cop agrees to $665K over privacy claims

Published 9:27 am Thursday, October 18, 2012

ST. PAUL — A former police officer who accused other law enforcement of illegally accessing her driver’s license information to see her photo has reached tentative settlements with St. Paul and other cities worth $665,000.

Anne Marie Rasmusson, 38, alleged that 144 law enforcement officers “accessed, used or disclosed her private information approximately 554 times” between 2005 and 2012 “without any legitimate business reason to do so,” according to the court records. She had named St. Paul, Minneapolis and 16 other area cities, among others, in a lawsuit.

A proposed settlement with St. Paul would give her $385,000. The city council was set to vote on it Wednesday.

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There’s also a $280,000 settlement reached during an Oct. 1 court ordered mediation session with the 16 cities. It will be paid by their insurer and also would cover current and potentially future individual officers or other departments involved, according to the city’s attorney Jon Iverson.

Rasmusson’s legal team is scheduled to have an additional settlement conference with the city of Minneapolis Oct. 25. They were unable to come to an agreement Oct. 1, Iverson said.