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Minnesota lawmaker - a former law enforcement officer - arrested Saturday in St. Paul for trespassing

 

Minnesota Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook (Courtesy of Minnesota House of Representatives)

Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook, was arrested for trespassing Saturday morning, according to Ramsey County jail records.

The retired Clearwater County sheriff's deputy was arrested by St. Paul police officers about 3:30 a.m. He was released at 5:21 a.m. on his own recognizance.

Grossell released the following statement Saturday afternoon: "Saturday morning, I received a citation in St. Paul. I apologize to my family, my constituents, my colleagues, and my friends. As a retired Deputy Sheriff, I will fully cooperate with any next steps."

The circumstances surrounding the arrest are unclear.

Grossell, 53, was elected in 2016 and is serving his second term. He is single with three grown children.

Grossell's background in law enforcement is relevant to his work and stature at the Capitol, where he could be considered a law-and-order conservative.

He serves on the following House committees: Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Finance and Policy; Judiciary Finance and Civil Law; Veterans and Military Affairs Finance and Policy.

In debates surrounding matters of law enforcement, he frequently mentions his background and speaks up for peace officers, advocating for them when funding is being discussed, defending them if he feels they're being unfairly criticized, or lauding their efforts, such as when an officer has been killed.

Mara Gottfried contributed to this report.

https://www.twincities.com/2019/05/04/mn-republican-representative-matt-grossell-arrested-saturday-in-st-paul-for-trespassing/

 

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