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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ex-police clerk Aaron Foster's discrimination lawsuit against St. Paul tossed

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Anonymous Pioneer Press said...

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
Updated: 08/26/2011 09:28:09 PM CDT


Aaron Foster Sr. (Ramsey County sheriff's office)A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit by Aaron Foster Sr. against the city of St. Paul.

Foster, a former police department employee who was suspended without pay after his November 2007 indictment in the death of a girlfriend, claimed racial discrimination. Foster is African-American.

He was later acquitted in the death of Barbara Winn.

The Aug. 17 order by U.S. District Judge John Tunheim states that Foster himself admitted that "there is no evidence to support a claim of race discrimination."

However, Foster then argued that the city "deprived (him) of his constitutional right to a presumption of innocence and denied him equal protection of the law by treating him differently than other employees who had been in comparable circumstances," according to an April 22 memorandum filed with the court.

Former St. Paul chief of police John Harrington, who placed Foster on leave, testified in a deposition that the city's handling of employees charged with crimes varied with the circumstances. Foster was the only employee charged with murder during his tenure as chief, Harrington said.

Foster, now 59, worked for the police department for 14 years. He was suspended without pay after the indictment, and said he was forced to resign his property clerk job because he needed to access his retirement fund to pay his criminal attorney. That fund was available only upon his resignation, Foster said in his lawsuit.

The police department did not reinstate him after his 2008 acquittal.

Winn was 35 when she died of a gunshot wound at her Maplewood apartment. Foster was in the room at the time, and they were arguing, but he maintained she shot herself.

Maplewood investigators initially arrested Foster but dropped the case less than 11 weeks after the shooting. No charges were filed until 26 years later.

The murder case was an issue in the race for Ramsey County sheriff in 2006, when then-Sheriff Bob Fletcher faced a challenge from former St. Paul chief of police Bill Finney.

Finney had been a close friend of Foster's, and he questioned Fletcher's timing in reopening the case. During the death investigation, Finney was accused of favoritism on behalf of his friend. He later testified for the prosecution.

Fletcher denied that his pursuit of charges against Foster had anything to do with politics.

Emily Gurnon can be reached at 651-228-5522.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Foster was a close personal friend of former police chief Finney.

Have you ever wondered how Foster paid for his defense trial and later trying to get his record sealed. Foster used attorney high buck Earl Gray. Gray charges an arm and a leg. No retirement fund could cover the costs of hiring Earl Gray.

The money for the high buck attorney came from Foster's drug money when he ran drugs for Plukie Duke. Gray likes dirty money, as he has defended some of the most low life criminals Minnesota has ever had.

You got the likes of Eric Mitchell here defending Finney, when Finney and his pals (Foster, Duke, Clark, Pluff AKA Brennan) ran the majority of drugs through St. Paul.

Foster thought he was "above" the law when his close friend Finney was a SPPD officer and later police chief, but this go to prove that justice, although delayed, catches up on you.

How are you feeling now Aaron?

10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karma came to a neighborhood near Aaron Foster. Ha ha!

12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:39 A. M. please explain.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It must really suck to Aaron Foster these days. That little publication called LOCAL MUGSHOTS that is sold at gas stations has a full one page article about Foster. I would hate to have a story about me in a paper with butt slashers, pedophiles, meth heads and perverts hiding in the bottom of a womens outhouse.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foster is a low life. He was a bottom feeder who had protection from the DFL in St. Paul. His chief protector was his his childhood friend William Kelso Finney and DFL leader and not to mention he was also the police chief in St. Paul.

On this blog and St. Paul Issues Forum you had the likes of Eric Mitchell and Chuck Repke defending former Chief Finney to the hilt. Finney was nothing but a drug runner hiding behind a badge.

Finney was a dirty cop who was involved in one of the largest drug running operations St. Paul has known since the booze running operations on the 1920s and 1930s. The only difference is Finney was not only a cop, but he was on the school board and his friends (Duke, Pluff (AKA Brennan) Tucker, Clark, Foster) were selling drugs to our school kids in St. Paul.

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember not a lot of people speaking against Finney when he was up for Chief and the two time he was appointed afterwards. And according to the election records, he won St Paul in the vote for Sheriff. All of this comes out afterwards and we're supposed to believe you?

A popular Chief, the only one, happens to be a drug dealer that no one had the goods on but a few people on the blogs?

Finney disciplined a lot of cops, why didn't any of them go to the US Attorney and turn states witness? Which would have protected their job and given them security detail against retaliation.

Why would Norm Coleman reappoint him when he clearly didn't get along with Finney? Having that dirty cop info would have been enough to get rid of him and bounce him out.

I'm not saying he was clean. Every cop that's been around for a couple of decades got blood and dirt on their hands. I'm saying he's a part of that cop culture and it funny that every time Foster or Fletcher's name come up on the internet, the comment section is full of Finney stories.
It's never just about Fletcher or, as in this case, only about Foster. I'm thinking these are the kind of people that can't focus on the story or evidence and the reason Foster AND Fletcher are not in jail right now. Both are on the public payroll and earning a nice public pension. WTF?

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:51 said "I remember not a lot of people speaking against Finney when he was up for Chief and the two time he was appointed afterwards. And according to the election records, he won St Paul in the vote for Sheriff. All of this comes out afterwards and we're supposed to believe you?

Why would Norm Coleman reappoint him when he clearly didn't get along with Finney? Having that dirty cop info would have been enough to get rid of him and bounce him out."

Not so fast. Apparently you haven't seen the results of the 300plus page survey conducted on behalf of the city council in 98.
Therewere plenty of written complaints about Finney. There is an interesting one that talks about a former Miss Minnesota who Finney hired at the department ;). And as far as Norm Coleman reappointing him. Well no surprises that Coleman reappointed him because the report even talks about the recording device Finney had hidden in the lower right drawer of his desk. Oh and it says that Finney used to secretly record his conversations with then mayor Norm Coleman.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Norm Coleman had no choice, but to appoint Finney. He was running for governor and he needed the black vote.

As for Finney loosing to Fletcher back in 2006. Finney lost by 1133 votes.

Fletcher: 92597
Finney: 91464

As for your "popular" comment about Finney, Finney was a slime. I worked with Finney, I saw first hand what he was really like.

Finney was not one of St. Paul's Finest.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And as far as Norm Coleman reappointing him. Well no surprises that Coleman reappointed him because the report even talks about the recording device Finney had hidden in the lower right drawer of his desk. Oh and it says that Finney used to secretly record his conversations with then mayor Norm Coleman."------

So, Finney had dirt on the next US Senator from Minnesota and he never brought it out in the 2000 election? This is starting to sound very spy vs spy. But, its more believable than what you're about to read next.

---"Norm Coleman had no choice, but to appoint Finney. He was running for governor and he needed the black vote."----

Norm was a Republican! He wasn't getting the black vote! Anyone who told him to take easy on Finney because he needs the black (most of it in Hennepin County not over here anyway) wasn't worth the spit it took to say that.

---"As for Finney loosing to Fletcher back in 2006. Finney lost by 1133 votes.
Fletcher: 92597
Finney: 91464"---

184061 votes total and he lost by less than one percent. What's your point?

Story about Foster or Fletcher and the Finney haters come out. It happens everywhere.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh poor Finney. Everyone picks on him. Boo hoo. Finney is a thug. EFFF him and anyone who defends him.

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Story about Foster or Fletcher and the Finney haters come out. It happens everywhere."

Well Finney is responsible, as he allowed his friends to terrorize the city.

12:28 AM  

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