Police complete BLM sign investigation

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Mapleton police are through investigating a disturbance that occurred at the high school’s Homecoming football game on Oct. 1.

Police Chief Ben Honsey says the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office should expect to get the full file sometime this week.

“There were multiple individuals interviewed,” he says. “The county attorney’s office will make the determination as to any criminal charges. Any details of the incident will need to be released by them.”

The investigation involved Laura Marie Nusser, who was holding a Black Lives Matter sign, and Kip Herrmann, who she claims ripped it out of her hands and tossed it to the ground.

Honsey says the investigation, which took a month to complete, meant extra work for the department’s three full-time officers.

“We are a small agency and sometimes investigations take longer and slow down because we have other responsibilities and duties,” he says.

Nusser, whose two sons were on the football team at the time, says she sat in the student section with her sign because of an alleged incident earlier that day.

She says one of her sons, both who are biracial, reportedly told her a classmate made an off-color remark during a Homecoming activity about him going to the back of the line to wait behind white students.

Police made Nusser leave the game at the request of school district administrators because of her “offensive language.”

However, Herrmann reportedly was allowed to return to his seat after the incident and watch the game.

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