Former MPD officer found guilty of civil rights violations, stealing controlled substances

A former Minneapolis police officer has been found guilty of stealing controlled substances and violating civil rights through unconstitutional searches and seizures.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 29-year-old Ty Raymond Jindra was convicted of three counts of acquiring a controlled substance by deception and two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.

Prosecutors say Jindra abused his position to get controlled substances, including methamphetamine, oxycodone, fentanyl, tramadol and other drugs, from September 2017 through October 2019.

Jindra failed to report, log, inform other officers or put substances he’d confiscated into evidence in order to divert the controlled substances for his own purposes, the attorney’s office says. He’d also find ways to search people or their vehicles or home so he could recover controlled substances without his partner’s knowledge, occasionally conducting searches beyond the scope warranted.

He faces a sentence of up to four years in prison on each count of acquiring a controlled substance and up to one year on each civil rights count. His sentencing date hasn’t yet been set.