Is Anne Marie Rasmusson too hot to have a driver's license?

Her photo was the honeypot local law enforcement couldn't resist

Seated on a couch between her two basset hounds, Anne Marie Rasmusson hardly looks like the sort of siren who would cause men to dash their careers at her feet. A former cop, she hides her 5-foot-2-inch figure under a bulky sweatshirt and keeps her blond hair clipped short.

Nonetheless, she is undeniably pretty. She has arresting green eyes, a sincere smile, and a face much younger than her 37 years.

Rasmusson gets up to find her purse, and pulls out her pocketbook. She slips out her driver's license, and looks at the photo that made her the target of leering police officers, and now the plaintiff in an impending federal lawsuit.

Rasmusson and her ex-husband bonded over their shared law enforcement career, until her unexpected medical retirement in 2003
Rasmusson and her ex-husband bonded over their shared law enforcement career, until her unexpected medical retirement in 2003
Rasmusson began isolating herself more and more, eventually moving to a remote bungalow on 160 acres of farmland.
Rasmusson began isolating herself more and more, eventually moving to a remote bungalow on 160 acres of farmland.

"There is nothing that I would say about this driver's license photo or any of my previous ones that in any way would deserve the attention that they've gotten," she says. "I can't begin to understand what people were thinking."

The numbers were astounding: One hundred and four officers in 18 different agencies from around the state had accessed her driver's license record 425 times in what could be one of the largest private data breaches by law enforcement in history.

The Department of Public Safety sent letters to all 18 agencies demanding an Internal Affairs investigation of the 104 officers. If the cops are found to be in violation of federal privacy law, they could be fired.

Rasmusson's lawsuit, which will be filed in the coming weeks, alleges that not only was her privacy compromised, but that her story is merely a symptom of a larger culture of data abuse by police. Her attorneys charge that while police are trained to use the driver's license database for official purposes only, in reality it's more like a Facebook for cops.

The agencies involved have maintained that this is an isolated incident. But one officer, who would not use his name for fear of further discipline, says that the practice is commonplace.

"I get Anne's side of it," he says. "But every single cop in the state has done this. Chiefs on down."


Better technology has made using law enforcement databases easier than ever. Where once a single terminal in the patrol room was the only access point for an entire department, today officers can log in at their personal desk computers as well as the dashboard monitors in their squad cars.

All searches must have an investigative purpose in order to comply with state data practices and privacy laws. All the agencies named in the audit say their officers are trained not to access the records of family or friends on a lark. But anecdotal evidence suggests that the attitude among the rank and file is a very different picture.

"You used to look up people without even a second thought," says Jim McKnight, a former officer with St. Paul police. "You'd look up old friends from high school or just someone you used to know."

Indeed, this is hardly the first time cops have been in hot water for misusing the database. In 2010, while caught up in a tumultuous love triangle, St. Paul police officer Jessica Phillips allegedly accessed the driver's record of her rival for the man's affections. After the woman complained about harassing calls and texts, Phillips was criminally charged with a misdemeanor for unauthorized computer use.

In 2008, Mayor R.T. Rybak was busted by TV news camera crews just as he was about to climb into his Prius. Was he aware, the reporters wanted to know, that his license had been suspended for three months? It was an embarrassing gaffe for the mayor, and some believe the media were tipped off by cops who had checked out Rybak's record for fun.

Local celebrities and oddballs are fair game as well. According to one officer, a man known as "Punk Rock Freddie" is a favorite driver's license for cops to look up because of his heavily pierced face.

There's a term for this kind of misuse, according to Ryan Calo, director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. "'Mission creep' is the idea that you give people a set of tools to fight crime and they start using it for other reasons."

The drivers database is audited monthly by the Department of Public Safety. The department flags officers for using their access too heavily.

But in Rasmusson's case, the normal checks and balances didn't work. Rather than one errant officer, the case has a common victim.

Cumulatively, says Peter Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University who once served as the chief counselor on privacy for the Clinton administration, it amounts to an unprecedented privacy breach.

"I've never heard of improper access by this many agencies."


Rasmusson became interested in police work after her cop brother-in-law arranged her first ride-along. She got her law enforcement degree soon after high school and joined the Eden Prairie Police Department as its youngest officer.

"I'm trying to think of any other officers that would have been thought of as highly as her. I can't," says Wendy Klute, a former fellow officer. "Part of it is her personality—she was fun and easy to get along with."

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IMFUKED
IMFUKED

Hey at least she had enough money to move away, I'm in a situation where all the local police know me because of an incompetent police officers actions. I have no money, I was 19 when it happened, I developed PTSD and schizophrenia, and now can not work full time because of my symptoms. She is the lucky one, I gotta deal with this situation with constant voices telling me I'm a piece of shit. I have to deal with this situation not being able to read legal documents and being able to correctly communicate with a lawyer about my situation. I gotta live with my parents for the rest of my life. All because of a police officers incompetent actions. I have to suffer while they continue to have perfect lives... How fair is that?

Auggie61
Auggie61

I recently had the opportunity to meet Anne not knowing anything about this story. I can tell you she is truly affected by this situation and there is no defense for these officers acting without legitimate reasons. Further, She has the right to be fit and attractive as any us without her information being illegally accessed. Please remember this is a private citizen not celebrity or socialite. Cut her some slack and leave her be.

Hotladywithhotcars
Hotladywithhotcars

This stalking business does not only happen with on duty cops. This happens with off duty cops and their buddies, their friends, private investigators, private detectives, store managers that have deals with cops, etc. etc. etc. I am hot too. They are on my butt everytime I drive down the road male or female old or young does not matter. They have the equipment in their cars. They use it to harass and abuse. Does not matter. It is a game for them. They can do it so they do it. I have known this for a long time. Anne knows because she worked with them and saw them doing it. Tell me something I do not know. When I write this comment, they will do it more because they can. Such a waste of tax payers money.

Joe Mama
Joe Mama

This article isn't terribly balanced. While I'll be the first to admit this is inappropriate behavior, Ms. Rasmusson is selling herself short. Conduct a google search and you can quickly find her competitive bodybuilding picture. She is hot, and if I lived anywhere near the Twin Cities I'd be interested in meeting her too. My guess is that when she got divorced and left the force that single cops just wanted to find out where they could "bump into her" and ask her out. Does that excuse the abuse of a confidential database? No. But it does make it a lot more understandable than the plaintiff's wondering what somebody sees in her driver's license picture; it wasn't the more plain photos shown in the article that they cared about; they know how nicely she cleans up and were interested in meeting her.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

how about this: known badge bunny are mad the boys are talking about her. how about this: what do you expect from cops?

twolf1920
twolf1920

I train with some female mixed martial artists that could probably kick your ass in a fair fight, Marine. I would have a care spouting off things that youknow solittl about.

Stephansonprop
Stephansonprop

WOW is that photo over rated, don't get me wrong she is a attractive gal but nothing to get in trouble over.

Jake Wyffels
Jake Wyffels

If she is 110 she must be wearing 3 bulletproof vests in that picture...

Craig52
Craig52

how did she get hired as a police officer if she was 5'2" and 80 pounds overweight?

Sarahbrianna2424
Sarahbrianna2424

This retired police office took an early medical leave from the pd and is collecting a cops full salary for the rest of her life....and now a body builder? She is getting paid by our tax dollars to be hot...or think she's hot. She is fully capable of working like the rest of us. Now she's just being greedy trying to sue and get paid for this article. People look her up because they hate her and think she is a bad person for faking a medical condition and stealing money she doesn't deserve.

ex P.O.
ex P.O.

In the Biz there is a term called "Officer Barbie." It describes great looking women who become law enforcement officers. Unfortunately there is often a similar progression to their careers that ends with accusations of harassment real or imagined and mostly real. Sadly Society is so Sexualized that there's relatively little chance that these lookers will have any kind of normal career path. This nice lady could/should have been a model from the get go.

Ahendr083
Ahendr083

Omg you guys, settle down. HAHAHAHA getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment? Yeah, that's an epidemic that's just sweeping the police force. Is being a member of the Marines even comparable to being a member on the police force? You earned that title through extraordinary feats and by accomplishing more than the minimum. I wouldn't assume that the police force and the Marines are so similar. Women in the police force are much more widely accepted and they do well. They bring important and useful skills to the field; instincts, calmness amongst scenes of duress, comfort to victims, they are a relate able source of trust for female victims especially in cases of sexual crime. This chick is being singled out and she's doing what she should. What anyone would tell their daughter, sister, mother, or wife to do in the same situation. What I initially meant to say before I started reading some of these almost misogynistic comments, was. "You go girl."

MadMac
MadMac

Hot? She looks like a cockapoo with a wig.

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba

Medically retired bodybuilder? As a former Marine who witnessed females in a traditionally male occupation, all I can tell you is, it's not good. Reduced standards, using sexuality for preferential treatment, male superiors afraid to hold them accountable for fear of sexual harassment complaints, using their kids to get out of obligations, getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment. It's pretty bad. For the record, I welcome women in any occupation and many are awesome in these types of jobs, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done.

Taicho_N_GameMaster
Taicho_N_GameMaster

All cops are @55H0LES. I hate every cop out there. They're all criminals, but with the law on their side.

Taicho_N_GameMaster
Taicho_N_GameMaster

So what? She's just another blondie and you see everyday. I don't understand why all these cops with no wife or girlfriend would look her up for. THey can have all the girls they want at a bar and even better looking too. Girls, especially blondies, love cops.

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gogetthem
gogetthem

For cops to illegally gather data on people is nothing new. They do it all the time for their own gain.

Rexydg7
Rexydg7

I find it more interesting that she was MEDICALLY retired but can "train" at the cop gym for a "body sculpting" contest. I guess the hangnail healed.

Graywolf
Graywolf

Same-o, same-o...Dog bites man.One set of laws for the cops, another for the rest of us."Protect and Serve" themselves.

Leahhelbig
Leahhelbig

Dont see.any thing special about her.proves.that.cops.spend most their.time wasting it.then solving crimes

Reason
Reason

If this woman is so concerned about her privacy, then why did she allow fairly personal photos to be included in this article? And of course, it's highly possible that no permission was given, but I'm sure the photos are posted on public forums, such as her Facebook/Twitter account. While I agree that a couple cops overstepped boundaries by contacting her, it feels like a federal lawsuit is a bit much. In fact, I'm sure a civil lawsuit will be filed soon after (aka: a chance to cash-in).

Gordon Stinnett
Gordon Stinnett

We can count on City Pages to always fail to respect good taste. The woman has had to endure over a hundred cops stalking her via official databases. Now City Pages posts a photo gallery (including bikini shots) so a whole new bunch of stalkers can obsess over her.

HpPavilion22
HpPavilion22

Wonder how many pretty internet women had thier private info checked out by horny chat room stalkers

Caleb Greene
Caleb Greene

I am finding it hard to believe that this airhead reporter's idea of a good headline about a woman being sexually harassed and stalked by leering police officers was "Is Rasmussen Too Hot..." on top of the "honey pot" crap. I mean wow.

TheMan
TheMan

"a face much younger than her 37 years"

Am I the only one that thinks she looks older than 37?

Bill Netter
Bill Netter

Good for her! Many cops today have gone way past what they are legally allowed to do, and there seems to be no one that can bust a crooked cop! I'm really glad that she's suing these lawbreakers! It's about time someone put a leash on these jerks! Cops are not supposed to look up anyone's information just because they feel like it! There is supposed to be a valid reason behind logging into someone's personal information! I hope she cleans up on this lawsuit, and I hope that all the police that read this story (and my comment) will hopefully get it through their thick skulls that, "They are not above the laws because they're cops!" They should not have any more rights than I do just because they're an officer of the law! I can't even trust most of the cops anymore! There are so many bad officers out there nowadays and they really ruin it for all the few good cops who treat people decently and not all cocky like a Nazi SS Officer!! I'm quite sure that quite a few cops who read this comment are gonna go straight to their database and look up my name! (hahaha) Hey, go for it! It will just prove that what I'm saying in my comment is true! We won't know if you did it, but you will, and that's all that matters! Then you'll know I'm right! Hey, I know it's a shitty job and it pays shitty money, but they knew all that when they decided to do that for a career. Unfortunately, the power goes to their heads after a short bit of time, and then they forget how to treat people! Maybe as more police start getting in trouble for abusing their power, eventually we will end up with some decent cops who play by all the rules and don't act and believe that they're gods! Just remember these old BS sayings, "You work for us! The taxpayer's pay your salaries! Start treating the public with more respect if you want respect!" BTW, I'm the Bill Netter in Michigan. That will help narrow down your illegal search! (grin)

arizonabay2
arizonabay2

Maybe she slept with every officer she could get her hands on and they started comparing notes. She's not that hot.

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

i 've known a few gals called Bubbles and it didn't have anything to do with personality. women cops = whackos

Slam1263
Slam1263

I was going to say she's too short, but nice Bikini.

Too bad you can longer work, but I guess the taxpayers don't mind paying for the physical training required for competition.

Abcd
Abcd

Not hot, period. Problem solved.

lemanski50
lemanski50

 @Auggie61 she can prance around at a body building competition but is sick over people looking at her license? C'Mon this is BS

mykonos676
mykonos676

@Joe Mama @Joe Mama Wow! Talking about blaming the victim. I see misogyny, male entitlement, and whore virgin complex are alive and well in America. Your excuse that she is a womyn wo is attractive, thus you can't help but sexually harass.her is the same victim blaming mentality use to justify rapists who rape by blaming the girls looks, what she wore for why she got attacked. I got sexually assaulted by a neighbor and it started with sexual harassment and I am one of the most masculine looking womyn around, boyish almost dyke. I think it is hideous and very Rapist of you to blame her for why she got atacked, which is what it is: an attack of gender based violence against her cause she is femail! Rape, sexual harassment are all about POWER not attractiveness and I pray one day that some big gay man, bigger than you, eiter rapes or sexually harasses you relentlessly or many of them do to you what was done.to this.lady so you can get an idea lf the fear and violence and threats womyn face on a daily basis when dealing with men!

Joe Mama
Joe Mama

Google her name and check out her bodybuilding bikini pics and let us know if you feel the same when then...

Robin MissmewiddaBs Hairs
Robin MissmewiddaBs Hairs

what part of INJURIES do you not understand?Rasmusson served on the Eden Prairie police force from 1996 to 1999, when she was injured in the line of duty.

In 2001, she became an officer in St. Paul. Two years later, she was diagnosed with nerve damage and an unstable pelvis related to the earlier injury, the suit said. She was granted a full medical retirement in December 2003.

pathetic is what you are. no wonder your husband has a girlfriend..

MadMac
MadMac

The only reason this is news is a) it's a white girl b) she is/was a cop. No one else' rights really matter, right?

ActaNonVerba
ActaNonVerba

As a former Marine who witnessed females in a traditionally male occupation, all I can tell you is, it's not good. Reduced standards, using sexuality for preferential treatment, male superiors afraid to hold them accountable for fear of sexual harassment complaints, using their kids to get out of obligations, getting pregnant intentionally to avoid deployment. It's pretty bad. For the record, I welcome women in any occupation and many are awesome in these types of jobs, but there's a lot of work that needs to be done.

Enlightened
Enlightened

Well Reason...I guess you're another one without enough brain power to get it!

Chrigid
Chrigid

So you're saying, Gordon, that all women have to spend all their energy protecting themselves from men? Women are fair game if they're fat, if they're skinny, if they're pretty, if they're not so pretty--and those who are photographed in bikinis because they are into body sculpting are just asking for it, because men are...what?

Stevej
Stevej

She was obviously interviewed for the article and knew these pictures would be posted. The publicity for her case is a good thing, and may help stop the actions of crooked cops.

 avman
avman

Yeah right....work on this (grabbing crotch) asswipe!

ml66uk
ml66uk

She looks a lot younger than 37 to me.

t-rex
t-rex

Doing a completely legal search: here is your information, Bill.

Your twitter handle is @BillNetter. You wrote on Linkedin that your job is "Retired (Medical) - CIDP - Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy at HomeHome at Retired (Medical)". You are interested in "Asian Women, Women," You have a tatoo of a woman's head on your left pec. (Google+). You give your birthday on Yahoo as: 21 May, 1959.

These are the e-mails you list on Yahoo:

E-MAILemailbillnetter@yahoo.comE-MAILbillnetter@gmail.comWEBSITE http://www.FaceBook.com/billne...WEBSITE http://www.MySpace.com/billnet...WEBSITE http://www.YouTube.com/billnet...WEBSITE http://www.google.com/profiles...

I wouldn't be worried about people doing illegal searches on you. I'd be more worried about what you put out there on yourself.

ml66uk
ml66uk

Do you have any evidence for this unsavoury (and libellous) suggestion? If not, then why did you post it?

Even if it were true, which I seriously doubt, that doesn't entitle police to access her driving license records.

And yes, she is hot.

 
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