Privacy Law

'Testosterone-laden' cops ogled city attorney's driver's license, claim says; city settles

A notice-of-claim letter written on behalf of Minneapolis assistant city attorney Paula Kruchowski apparently proved persuasive.

According to the letter, more than a hundred police officers ogled Kruchowski’s driver’s license photo by accessing an online database, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Kruchowski is liaison to the police domestic-assault unit for the city attorney’s office, the story says.

Kruchowski was “window-peeped hundreds of times by scores of co-workers” who were “in the main, tough, testosterone-laden men who are used to getting their way with folk and who are known to have long memories,” according to the letter by Kruchowski’s lawyer, Bill Tilton.

The Minneapolis City Council last week approved a $32,500 settlement with Kruchowski, the story says.

Kruchowski grew suspicious after a series of odd interactions with police department employees, Tilton told the Star Tribune. “I believe that the comments she got effectively told her that she looked different from her [driver’s license] photo,” Tilton told the newspaper. “And that somebody mentioned specifically that they knew where she lived. And it made her feel very uncomfortable.”

Related coverage: “Ex-Cop Awarded More Than $1 Million After Officers Illegally Accessed Her Driver’s License Info”

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