Bedard death investigation ends, dash cam video released
The officers who hit Minneapolis Park Police Officer Mark Bedard while in pursuit in November of 2007 will not be disciplined for his death.
Now that the investigation is over, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has obtained the dash cam video of the accident from the Minneapolis Police Department. The department has edited out the audio for 97 seconds after the collision because, according to a spokesman, the sound would "shock the conscience."
Officer Patricia Grant was driving the squad that hit Bedard. Officer Patricia Annoni was in the passenger seat. They're known as the "two Pattys." The videos shows them arguing about which way to go. Then they turn into an alley. You can hear the engine rev but no sound of a siren. Just eight seconds after entering the alley, you can see the shadow of Mark Bedard running after one of the suspects. He darts into the alley and then flails his arms as if to stop.
The department removed the audio of what happens next: the frantic yelling of the two officers in the squad car. They yell, "Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!" over and over. After getting out to help, they scream his name to keep him awake.
Officer Grant runs down the alley to wave for help. Three minutes after the squad hits Bedard, you can hear the first sirens. At five minutes and 40 seconds, the ambulance arrives.
Bedard died nine days later. At his funeral, his wife of six years, Andi, carried their two-year-old son Nicolas.
One year later, in November 2008, a Minneapolis Police Accident Review Committee found the crash to be "preventable." By the Department's definition, that means the driver of the squad car "did not exercise reasonable precaution."
Now, 15 months after Bedard's death, Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan says the investigation is over.
"My decision was to issue no discipline in that case," Dolan said.
Dolan says he signed off on an internal affairs finding last month, but he will not reveal what that specific finding was, classifying it as private personnel data. He says he decided not to discipline the officers, in part, because the crash happened so quickly and because Bedard, while in his hospital bed, indicated he did not blame the two officers in the squad car.
"If Mark can forgive the people that were responsible for putting him there, I think we can too," Dolan said.
Officer Bedard's death was the first in the 100-year history of the Park Police. Chief Brad Johnson was one of the last to see Bedard alive.
"What can you possibly do to discipline somebody more than they've already been disciplined and will be for the rest of their lives, remembering what happened that day?" Johnson said.
Officer Rob Mooney will never forget. He arrived on the scene of the accident to help Bedard.
"Somebody told Officer Annoni to calm down and she said, 'Well, he's my friend' and it struck me to look at his face and I saw him and I realized it was my partner," Mooney said.
They were partners, friends and even first-time fathers at the same time.
"He was the closest person to me that has ever passed away and we shared a lot of our life together and it was hard for me to watch that happen and to watch him pass away," Mooney said.
After sitting down with us, Mooney showed us Bedard's locker, which is still covered with messages: ‘The entire Park PD will always look over your family and they are one of us.’ ‘I only hope my son is born with some of your spirit and personality.’
"One of the things that I feel badly about is that I never let him know how important he was to me," Mooney said. "And I see things and they remind me that he was a good person. He was a great, great person."
Andi Bedard declined to be interviewed for this story, but in the past she has embraced the two officers in the squad car that day. No lawsuit has been filed. Both officers are back on the street.