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Newport police patrol staff under internal investigation

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Newport Police Department’s entire patrol staff is under internal investigation after complaints were filed recently against officers Tyler Martin, Sean McArdell, Jeremy Brodin and Joel Muellner.

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The broader investigation comes less than a month after the department’s newest hire, patrol officer David Crist, was named in a recently filed complaint.

All five patrol officers are “currently under internal investigation,” according to a summary of the complaints against the officers. The Bulletin requested the information under the Minnesota Data Practices Act.

“All I can say is that right now there is an investigation and the city is following through,” Newport City Attorney Fritz Knaak said Thursday. “We’re going through the procedures and we will make a determination.”

Knaak declined to say if the complaints were filed by a Newport citizen or city official, adding that “anybody can do a complaint against a police officer, and when there is a complaint against a police officer the city is under certain obligations to investigate.”

Newport Police Chief Curt Montgomery declined to say whether an outside agency was conducting an investigation either on behalf of or in conjunction with the city.

Newport officials did not provide any further details about the investigation.

The longest-serving Newport police officer in the investigation is Muellner, who started in 1999. McArdell joined the department in 2006; Brodin in 2008; Martin in 2010; and Crist in 2012.

None of the officers have been placed on leave during the investigation.

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