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BCI to investigate Fargo officer’s actions during protest

July 10, 2020 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent review of Fargo’s former deputy police chief, who went undercover without telling anyone during a May gathering in memory of George Floyd, the attorney general’s office said Friday.

Deputy Chief Todd Osmundson resigned following a May 30 gathering that turned violent, resulting in damaged property, a dozen arrests and minor injuries to four police officers.

KFGO radio reports the city requested the Attorney General’s office investigate Osmundson’s actions, including claims that he publicly consumed alcohol and incited a riot.

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Mayor Tim Mahoney said he and Police Chief David Todd and the City Attorney’s Office don’t feel there is evidence to charge Osmundson with a crime. But the mayor said they felt it’s important to request an independent review.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s office said Friday an agent with the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been assigned the case.

Documents released by the police department showed that several officers were upset to see the 31-year veteran of the force change out of his police uniform and into civilian clothes to infiltrate protesters.

Osmundson initially was suspended for his actions but later resigned.