Arbitrator Reinstated a Police Officer Who Was Fired for Use of Excessive Force

In City of Minneapolis v. Police Officers' Federation, 566 N.W.2d 83 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997), an arbitrator reinstated a police officer who was discharged after a judgment was entered against him in a federal civil rights suit. In the federal suit, a jury found that the officer had used excessive force against a suspect who was in custody. In upholding the arbitrator's decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals reasoned that, although there was "a well-defined and dominant public policy against police officers using excessive force," there was "no well-defined public policy stating that an officer must automatically be discharged if he or she is involved in an excessive force situation." City of Minneapolis, 566 N.W.2d at 89.