Dave Garman gets MPD job back after gang strike force scandal

ave Garman was back at work Monday after the Minneapolis Police union fought for his job.

"He was back today," said John Delmonico, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, on Monday evening. The union filed a grievance after Chief Tim Dolan terminated Garman back in September. The agreement downgrades the firing to a 30-hour suspension; Garman gets back pay for the seven months of work that he missed.

Garman was one of three officers from the Metro Gang Strike Force to lose his job after an FBI probe into the now-defunct group. According to Randy Furst of the Star Tribune, Garman's termination was connected to a cell phone seizure:

Garman's termination involved a crack house raid in which he and three other Strike Force officers found drugs and seized at least three cell phones, sources told the Star Tribune last year. A fourth Minneapolis officer on the Strike Force involved in the case used the phones.

An Internal Affairs investigation found evidence that Garman and two officers helped cover up the cell phone use, sources said.

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