TV anchor says officials searched her driver’s license information nearly 4,000 times

The Free Press

KMSP anchor Alix Kendall says police and other government employees searched the state’s driver’s license database for her information more than 3,800 times over the last ten years. The searches were the “result of curiosity,” Dan Nienaber of The (Mankato, Minn.) Free Press reports Kendall’s attorney said. She’s suing several municipalities for $75,000.

Kendall’s lawsuit claims her name was searched by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other public employees from agencies all over the state. A few examples from the Mankato area include 23 searches by the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department, three searches by the Blue Earth County probation office, two searches by the Mankato Department of Public Safety, five searches by the Lake Crystal Police Department, 11 searches by the Le Sueur County Sheriff’s Department, seven searches by the Le Sueur Police Department and eight searches by the New Ulm Police Department.

Last year a former lawyer for a Minnesota police union said police searched her driver’s license information about 700 times. And in a former St. Paul police officer, Anne Marie Rasmusson, was awarded more than $1 million in a suit about police looking up her information hundreds of times.

“There is nothing that I would say about this driver’s license photo or any of my previous ones that in any way would deserve the attention that they’ve gotten,” she told Jessica Lussenhop, who wrote a feature in City Pages about her ordeal.

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  • JTFloore

    i wondered, too. you have to read a lot to find it, but here is your answer:

    “The drivers database is audited monthly by the Department of Public Safety. The department flags officers for using their access too heavily. But in Rasmusson’s case, the normal checks and balances didn’t work. Rather than one errant officer, the case has a common victim.”

  • Matt1972

    How would she even know this?

  • Devin McMusters

    She’s kinda cute, but nothing to get worked up about.