Minnesota Supreme Court says off-duty St. Paul cop not entitled to city defense
March 19, 2021
Officer Eric Reetz was sued for alleged negligence by a woman who was stabbed by a male client at a St. Paul homeless shelter on Dec. 30, 2016. The lawsuit said Reetz failed to detect the knife that the man smuggled in during his security shift.
Reetz contended he was entitled to a city defense. But the Supreme Court ruled otherwise Wednesday, overturning an Appeals Court ruling that had supported Reetz against the city's rejection of representation for him.
"Because we conclude that Reetz was not 'acting in the performance of the duties of the position' of a police officer under [Minnesota law] when he allegedly failed to detect the knife at the homeless shelter, the City was not required to defend and indemnify him," the Supreme Court's ruling said.