The Minneapolis Police Department has recently abandoned their practice of using undercover officers to make busts in massage parlors where suspected acts of prostitution are occurring. The decision was made after some high-profile arrests were made, and charges filed and then dismissed by some Minnesota judges and the city attorney’s office. It appears that the cops went too far “when they had sexual contact with the female suspects”, according to the Minneapolis Tribune. At issue was the prolonged “investigation” inside the massage parlor, as other officers electronically listened in from their pouncing perches, outside. The incident took about 20 minutes and compromising sounds could be heard on the audio.
Meanwhile, three of the officers whose names were made public after the arrests, are suing the city, county and state for an alleged violation of Minnesota’s Data Privacy Act. The suit claims the government entities failed to protect their identities as required by the law. The officers are claiming that the release of their names to the public has caused them to sustain personal and professional damages.