Minnesota Court of Appeals rules in favor of Richfield’s termination of police officer
On April 9, the Minnesota Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of the City of Richfield and overturned the decision of an independent arbitrator that had reinstated the employment of Officer Nate Kinsey with the Richfield Police Department (RPD).
Officer Kinsey was terminated by the department for misconduct related to an incident that took place in late 2015. The termination was based upon a deliberate failure to follow mandatory RPD reporting procedures related to that use of force incident and a pattern of inadequate reporting going back several years during which Officer Kinsey had been counseled, disciplined, trained, and retrained on report writing and use of force situations.
The 2015 incident was captured on video showing Officer Kinsey physically and verbally abusing a young man during a confrontation that occurred in the Adams Hill Park area.
Officer Kinsey’s ensuing reporting failure constituted a breach of the rigorous accountability and transparency standards that are required for employment as a Richfield police officer, and for all officials employed by the City.
Richfield Mayor Pat Elliott lauded the decision stating, “I believe that the court properly balanced the rights and obligations of each of the parties to this case, but recognized the paramount interests of the citizens of our community.”
The City is pleased that the Court of Appeals agreed with its position that this matter is one that has a significant public policy impact.