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Was the MN Law was broken by Robert (Bob) Fletcher - Ramsey County Sheriff when he sent out the letters? 

*In early December, Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher sent a fund-raising letter to Ramsey County carry permit holders... The letter invited carry permit holders in Ramsey County to a shoot in a private outing at the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office indoor firearms range."    http://www.ardenhills.org/images/RamseyCounty.pdf


State Law:  
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/getpub.php?type=s&num=624.714

"Subd. 14. Records. (a) A sheriff must not maintain records or data collected, made, or held under this section concerning any applicant or permit holder that are not necessary under this section to support a permit that is outstanding or eligible for renewal under subdivision 7"


The Ramsey County Sheriff sent a letter to people like me that hold a carry permit holders inviting us to a fundraiser for charities, including the Catholic Church. 

There are 4 issues (first 3 could be criminal):

Number 1)   Data Privacy Act - federal and state law was broken --> (Bob Fletcher)
Number 2)   No Separation of church and state (soliciting money for the Catholic Church)
Number 3)   Using tax payer money to raise funds for private charities. 
Number 4)   MN Board of Peace Officers sent my complaint to the sheriff himself to investigate himself - conflict of interest.

I made a formal complaint about Bob Fletcher to the MN Post Board and they sent my complaint about Bob Fletcher to Bob Fletcher to investigate himself.  My complaint was denied by one of Bob Fletchers employees.   

This is a conflict of Interest.  I want a 3rd party to investigate the crimes listed in this letter.    How can an employee investigate his boss?



Number 1)   Data Privacy Act - federal and state law was broken.

*Even if one believes that Fletcher is just extending a hearfelt olive branch to the carry community out of the goodness of his heart (and we don't), the use of permit holder data for any purpose other than issuing or denying permits (much less a blatant money-raising attempt) is specifically illegal:  
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/bin/getpub.php?type=s&num=624.714


"Subd. 14. Records. (a) A sheriff must not maintain records or data collected, made, or held under this section concerning any applicant or permit holder that are not necessary under this section to support a permit that is outstanding or eligible for renewal under subdivision 7"

I submit that an appeal for charitable contributions in exchange for access to law-enforcement facilities, no matter how noble the stated causes may be, most definitely falls under the category of "not necessary to support" the issuing of carry permits by county sheriffs such as Fletcher.

 

Federal and state data privacy act spells out how my personal information can be used AND fundraising is not one of those ways.

The Ramsey County Sheriff sent the letter to people like me that hold a carry permit holders invited to fundraiser for charities, including a church.   Did he violated Minnesota state law and perhaps the Federal Law or even the Constitution.    My name and address is private and so is all the other permit holders.  Doesn't the state and federal law spell outs how that information can be used?  If so, I know that doesn't include raising money for a church.

Maybe the St. Police is investigating this, but I haven't verified it. St. Paul police internal affairs called me on 02/17 4pm from 651-266-9990 and said that the St. Paul Police Special Investigation Unit is investigating this issue or a similar issue and their number is 651-266-5680  


Number 2)   No Separation of church and state (soliciting money for the Catholic Church)

What about the separation of church and state. The Ramsey County Sheriff was raising money for the catholic church, while I might be of that faith, I don't think the government should spend their money raising money for it because then other faiths will ask for the same thing, including Mormons, Muslim, Jewish, Buddha etc.... Do you think raising money for the Muslims would work out right now if it was that instead of the Catholic church?


Number 3)   Using tax payer money to raise funds for private charities. 

Robert Fletcher used Ramsey County funds to send letters out to hundreds of people to fund raise for private companies to solicit $150 from us.

It cost Ramsey County a lot of money to buy the paper to print the letter on, use multi-color ink for printing the letter, to buy the envelopes and also the postage. And it cost employee's time to: (format the letter, get the names from a secured database, print the letter, stuff the envelope, address the envelope and mail it).

This letter was used for private fund raising for private companies, not for Ramsey County Police business and its not even for regular Ramsey County non-police business either. Not for anything to do with Ramsey County Law Enforcement.

I understand fund raising to raise money for law enforcement tools like radar detectors or bullet proof vests, and the fire department raising money for infrared (see through smoke) equipment too, but it needs to be related to their job.


Number 4)   MN Board of Peace Officers sent my complaint to the sheriff himself to investigate himself - conflict of interest.

I received a letter from MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (Sheryl Waddick, a coordinator) 01/16/2010.  She sent my complaint to the sheriff himself.   The problem is that I am complaining about the sheriff, so she should NOT send a complaint about the sheriff to the sheriff.    Another law enforcement group needs to investigate instead of the sheriff investigating himself or the sheriff assigning a subordinate to investigate the subordinate's boss.

I have a valid issue about you having the sheriff investigate himself (or one of his employees). The sheriff can not investigate himself (conflict of interest) and he can not have his subordinate investigate the sheriff, as that is conflict of interest.   Conflict of interest when you have someone investigate themselves OR you have a subordinate investigate his/her supervisor.


Contact the author of this webpage:  Email address: steve@judgmentcenter.com
 

I voted for the Sheriff in the very last election, so its not a personal grudge, but as a taxpayer I want the people spending our tax money to spend it only on necessary things. 

Ardenhills.org is NOT affiliated with the City of Arden Hills whatsoever.

*From http://northernmuckraker.blogspot.com/2010/01/fletchers-follies-redux.html 

 

Email exchanges between Steve Cook and the St. Paul Police Department

 

Notes;

MN Attorney General’s office 296-3353

296-3391  McClain    

266-3222 Ramsey County

Ramsey County Attorney’s office: I left voice mail messages for Janet Hafner twice, 02/16 and 02/18 and she has ignored them.  I also sent two emails to your office and those have been ignored too

Darwin Lookingbill 266-2755     266-4533


History:
December 2009  Original letter from the Sheriff  http://www.ardenhills.org/images/RamseyCounty.pdf

December 2009  Follow up email  http://www.ardenhills.org/images/RamseyCountyb.pdf

January 2010: I formally complained in January to the MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training

Update: 01/16/10:  I received a letter from MN Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (Sheryl Waddick, a coordinator) 01/16/2010.  She sent my complaint to the sheriff himself.   The problem is that I am complaining about the sheriff, so she should NOT send a complaint about the sheriff to the sheriff.    Another law enforcement group needs to investigate instead of the sheriff investigating himself or the sheriff assigning a subordinate to investigate the subordinate's boss.

February 2010:  The sheriff rejected my complaint: Ramsey County Rejection Letter  http://www.ardenhills.org/images/RamseyCountyRejectionLetter.pdf