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American Civil Liberties Union: Bemidji intern fired, investigation under way

BEMIDJI – An intern at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Program in Bemidji was fired after it was discovered that an office computer may have been used for illegal purposes, according to a press release from the ACLU.

An investigation into the matter is being handled by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the release noted.

According to the press release from ACLU-MN Executive Director Chuck Samuelson:

An internal investigation of the computers in the Bemidji office found that an intern may have been using an office computer for “illegal purposes that were not financial in nature.”

The intern was fired and law enforcement was notified.

The BCA is investigating the matter, given the working relationship between the ACLU and local law enforcement.

“The ACLU is committed to working with the BCA in whatever ways necessary to fully and fairly investigate and prosecute this case,” Samuelson said in the release.

The Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project was started in Bemidji in 2002 to provide public education regarding racial justice issues through community outreach, complaint intake and court monitoring. The project serves seven counties in northern Minnesota with a special focus on American Indian communities.