Rural Minnesota victim advocate says cops are failing to protect battered women


November 3, 2022

John Reinan, Star Tribune

Heather Kirby, victim advocate in rural Norman County, has caused a stir with her complaints about lax enforcement of victims' rights.

ADA, MINN. - The longtime sheriff of Norman County is under fire from a victim advocate who claims the Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies are failing to protect victims of domestic violence.

Several victims say they were repeatedly threatened and abused even after they got court orders for protection, as officers failed to make arrests that are required under state law when police have reason to believe protection orders have been violated.

The sheriff, meanwhile, defends his deputies and said he's the target of a critic who's stirring up the community while openly supporting his opponent in the upcoming election.


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