According to one of the Town Briefs in the Star Tribune, the City of Savage claims that two of their officers were “exonerated” after a couple agreed to dismiss their claim that officers inappropriately handled a situation involving a DirecTV technician who was being “held hostage” by a woman in Savage.
According to an article in the Savage Pacer from last year, this is all the result of a big misunderstanding in which a dispatcher heard “gun” instead of “done” and the police were called. After officers arrived they arrested Julie Pyle and led her at gunpoint, while handcuffed, to the squad car.
Now, while I don’t think that the officers acted inappropriately based on the information that they had at the time, unlike Lakeville’s officers that may have violated someone’s 4th amendment rights or Apple Valley’s officers inappropriate threatening of taser use, but I am on the fence whether they were truly exonerated or whether the couple just didn’t have the funds to continue fighting the City of Savage.
What do you think? Did the couple have a case or were they completely out of line by bringing suit against the city and numerous others related to this case?