Commander Demoted For Sharing Picture Of 25-Year-Old 'Racially-Charged' Shirt

Sandy Malone

Former Minneapolis Police Commander Kim Lund was demoted to lieutenant after she posted a picture of an old t-shirt.

Minneapolis, MN – A Minneapolis police commander was demoted two weeks after she posted a picture of a 25-year-old t-shirt that offended some people.

The shirt, posted by former Minneapolis Police Commander Kim Lund, featured the words “Minneapolis Homocide Division – Our Day Starts When Yours Ends” above and below a chalk outline and crime scene tape.

Now-Lieutenant Lund is married to a former Minneapolis homicide detective. Numerous articles refer to her “Kim Lund Voss” but she uses her former name professionally.

Then-Cmdr. Lund, a 33-year veteran of the police force, posted on Facebook in late March that she “came across this gem” while she was reorganizing a storage room, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"It pays to proof read before you hit 'print,'" she captioned the since-deleted picture that she posted to her own publicly-available Facebook page, in reference to the misspelling of the word “homicide” on the shirt.

Screenshots of the post circulated on social media and quickly made it into the hands of Cmdr. Lund’s officials at the Minneapolis Police Department after Minneapolis NAACP President Leslie Redmond posted that she was “disturbed” about it, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"I do not think this was about the misspelling of the word homicide," Redmond wrote. "This is extremely insensitive, especially considering the involved demographics."

She called Cmdr. Lund’s post potentially homophobic and racially-charged, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The commander took down her post and offered an apology.

“I am told that the photo of the 25ish year old t-shirt that I found in a storage bin came across to some as offensive,” she wrote on March 31. “I have pulled down the post, I am sorry if it offended anyone, my intention was not to offend anyone with the content of the message on the shirt but to show that misprints commonly occurred back in the days prior to spellcheck.”

On Sunday, now-Lt. Lund went back to the social media platform that had gotten in trouble to announce her demotion and transfer.

“I am going to start a new work assignment in the 3rd Precinct as the Lieutenant in charge of the Property Crimes Unit,” she wrote on her personal Facebook page. “This assignment is a wonderful new challenge as it allows me to be even closer to helping the community – especially those that have suffered from burglaries, thefts, and other property offenses.”

“In addition, I have a few words that need to be heard,” Lt. Lund continued. “The biggest problem for me is to cover the offense of strangers. I didn’t mean the post as offense to anyone. I love everybody and I’m stuck trying to heal a pain for those that do not know me, my family or my heart. All I can say is, I’m sorry for that.”

“There’s a story behind the T-Shirt that was made as a fund raiser by a private businessman for his business. I won’t bore you,” she wrote. “It’s almost impossible for me to defend a description of me that I am not…So, let’s just start with who I am. I’ve given my life to my city, my family & my God. I’m proud for the fact that as a woman I’ve worked, by way of integrity, my way up into a position of importance inside a police department that sets a standard for other major cities to follow. I am a part of that team, with that mission and purpose. We are a department of inclusion and diversity.”

Her post addressed lies she said had been told about her.

“It’s also important that I make this very clear, I have never used the ‘N Word’ to describe or address anyone in my life, ever, especially not one of my brothers or sisters in blue! That is a lie! I will protest. I will not tolerate this type of besmirchment as I also have the duty to call it as it is. The words a few have used to describe are not true. It’s not me. Not my family. Not my department. Not ever. Not on my watch,” Lt. Lund wrote.

She also explained that her use of the word “gem” to describe the shirt was sarcastic reference to the misspelling and a slur against the LGBTQ community.

The police department would not comment on what they called an “HR issue” but confirmed Lt. Lund’s new assignment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Comments (45)
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sbuckner021
sbuckner021

Who gets to decide that this is offensive towards a particular demographic? The only offense needed taking, should be in the assumption that members of this demographic are thin skinned and offended by anything and everything that “Joe Schmo” deems offensive.

flybynight
flybynight

I'm offended that their offended!!!

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Liberal; a mental illness, a distortion of reality, a conflict between emotion and reason and a constant search for something to be a victim of

Tpr365
Tpr365

I am offended that NAACP was “disturbed” by a t-shirt. Would someone discipline and demote Redmond.

JBoH
JBoH

As I've said before...social media is NOT a cop's friend. One "Oh s___" can cancel a thousand "Atta boys".

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Not really sure how chalk on asphalt is racially insensitive.

Five-0
Five-0

All you can do is laugh at this stupid shit. She should retire and tell them to fuck off.

Quasar704
Quasar704

Yea.... THIS is some bullshit, there’s nothing “racially charged” about that shirt man😂😂😂. It may be INSENSITIVE to the families of murder victims but c’mon man... It’s REALLY “not that serious”.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Since when are homos considered a race?

538 central K
538 central K

Libtards and pussy snowflakes need shut the fuck up and stop with everything is racial and offensive.

That shirt has been around for more than 30 yrs, and its true Homicide detective job begins when your day ends.

Grow up and cops too have the right to freedom of expression. Its not just pussy snowflakes and libtards.

RandyMc
RandyMc

I see now, homocide, homo. This is so obviously homophobic how could she have missed it in this day and age? Leading with the chin.

alaskalawdog
alaskalawdog

Some assholes really have to go out of their way to find a reason to be offended, in this day and age.

What the fuck did any of that have to do with the NAACP?

This country is really being over run by a bunch if pansies.

GForce48
GForce48

Throwing the BS flag on this! Shameful action by the department in caving to the anti-police crowd!

DarrellB
DarrellB

Evidently COVID hasn't stopped the way over sensitive BS PC crowd.
Now, that said.... Regardless of the misspelling, the message is just wrong, especially for our new liberal PC crowd. Dark, INTERNAL ONLY police humor ... Yes.
As a Captain, you ALWAYS have to be thinking politically. If my wife or child had been killed in her City, I would be really offended.

RunCop
RunCop

I have an old school tee shirt from my unit........proper spelling and a buzzard holding a smoking gun instead of the chalk outline.....apologies to buzzards everywhere.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

FSchloss
FSchloss

Like the article says, the shirt is old. So is the cartoon on it. It is actually a drawing of a corpse lying in the street, back in the day when they actually drew lines around the body before it was removed. So the question that needs to be answered is, "What color is the tar used to make roadways back in those days?" That question is followed by, "Should we dig up all the roadways and pour them again, this time using asphalt or tar that is perhaps pink or lime green to satisfy a bunch of hypersensitive dickwads who spend their lives looking for something that makes them feel properly offended?" Are we going to have to change the color of everything that is currently black in order to make their childish little asses happy? I'd like to see this woman stand up and sue the shit out of everyone involved. I'm really tired of this crap.

JCRPI
JCRPI

One of my favorite shirts back in the day. I would like to see her POA support her and force the department to rescind the demotion, publicly apologize, and giver her back pay for any pay periods at the reduced rank. Then, she tells them to fuck off and retires.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wait....what? How is this "racially charged". I don't get it.

Marxest
Marxest

The shirt isn't racially charged at all. The backlash against the Comdr. Lund isn't warranted. However I would say that the content of the shirt could perceived as being insensitive to murder victims since the shirt directly references murder victims. Personally I don't think the shirt is offensive at all. I do believe that the backlash against Commander Lund could be politically motivated or even motivated by the fact that she is a woman. I don't know what the reasons are. Whatever the reasons behind this disciplinary action, I believe that she is being unfairly targeted and I hope that she will be vindicated and can move past this and continue her career.

MPD231
MPD231

Firstly, what is offensive about homocide. The first time I ever saw it spelled that way (40 years ago in college), I thought it was misspelled until I looked it up. That is a perfectly acceptable spelling as it said it refers to the killing of a human being or homo sapien. But of course in today's world it is not acceptable or politically correct because EVERYTHING we say is going to offend someone, and because someone saw "Homo" in there, immediately it became derogatory. Pretty soon we won't be able to use the word HOMOgenized any more!!!
Additionally, who or why would anyone be offended by the word "GEM"? This whole P/C thing has gotten completely out of hand.
As one of the other responders noted, this shirt
ha been around for decades.
Back then, homocide was obviously more acceptable than it is today. The commander didn't say she supported the language, in fact she was probably referring to the fact that 25 years ago this was acceptable, but certainly not in today's society. She probably would have said the same thing had she pulled out sap gloves or a soap or an iron claw. WOW! look at this gem! People need to grow a spine and some thicker skin. We are raising a whole generation of ossified snowflakes.

ProudLEOwife
ProudLEOwife

Homophobic and racially charged? WTF? They never cease to amaze me.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Feckin' NAACP. Everything offends them. The local President says she was disturbed. I think she is disturbed...mentally! This is not racially charged in any way. On asphalt, as many homicide victims end up, the outline in chalk over a black background is common. Maybe the NAACP should be spending time going into the neighborhoods where crime is so rampant and help stop the slaughter of their own kind by their
own kind?

RdnkSinceBirth
RdnkSinceBirth

How the fuck is that shirt racist?

Sgvette
Sgvette

I have one of those from Chicago PD that replaces the one I bought in 1996. It was funny then and it’s funny now. There is nothing racial about it and as long as people cave in to complaints from people who make up racial outrage where it doesn’t exist it will never end. Say, no, that’s not racist. Go away.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

cry louder.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Maybe the saying should have been printed on a white T shirt w/orange lettering. Would that have made a difference? The black community will use ANYTHING to claim racism. Get a life, we're sick of hearing about it. Ever wonder why people are really getting upset??? It's because your song never changes and neither do your actions. Do/say the right thing, be respectful of everyone, even your own community and we'll all get along just fine....... WOLF WOLF WOLF

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Years ago while directing traffic at a stadium people weren't paying attention, walking across the street with cars coming, etc. It was nuts. I drew chalk a silhouette in the street and poured a few ketchup packets around it. People asked what happened and I told them someone got hit because they got hit by a car. Guess what........it was white chalk on ASPHALT. No one crossed without my ok before the game after that.......

icefog66
icefog66

If this is how the administration operates I would hazard to speculate what the morale is in the dept. Clearly you're not even allowed to overlook a typo or you will be punished. Her reassignment is unwarranted and I hope she appeals it and wins and is also compensated for an attempt to damage her reputation.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Give me a break! No excuse for the actions taken!!! Reinstate her position before more look stupidly insensitive to a woman on that position! You got a thing against inspiring women too!

chiefd
chiefd

I didn't realize the NAACP stood for Nat'l Association Against Cops Police. Since when does the Nat'l Assoc. for Anialation of Caucasion People defend homosexuals?


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