Longtime DOC worker caught on video yelling at protesters has been fired

Sgt. Paul Gorder was captured on video yelling at protesters in April.
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The Minnesota Department of Corrections employee who was recorded on video yelling at protesters in Stillwater this spring is out of a job. 

Sgt. Paul Gorder, a 26-year veteran at the Minnesota Department of Corrections, and his wife, Kimberly Beer, were recorded on April 25 yelling at protesters who were gathered outside Washington County Attorney Pete Orput's Stillwater home. 

The protesters were holding a church service as part of their efforts to demand more serious charges against Kim Potter, the former Brooklyn Center officer charged in the death of Daunte Wright. Orput's office is prosecuting the case against Potter per an agreement between a few metro-area county attorney offices. 

According to videos and protesters at the scene, Gorder verbally abused protesters and Beer called them a racial slur. At a previous protest, demonstrators said he called them "derogatory names."

The day after the incident, the DOC said it was investigating the incident and Gorder was on investigatory leave, adding the "Actions and comments ... do not reflect the values of the MN DOC."

In a statement to Bring Me The News, the DOC said its Office of Professional Accountability completed its investigation into the complaints against Gorder, who worked at MCF-Stillwater, and he is "no longer employed" by the DOC. 

“The Department of Corrections is an agency with more than 4,300 employees whose skills and commitment make Minnesota safer, and I am very proud of the work being done by our staff,” DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell said in a statement. “That said, when concerns about the conduct of an agency staff member arise, I am compelled to act in a manner that ensures public trust while ensuring that the employee is afforded all the rights and protections guaranteed by law and their union’s collective bargaining agreement."

Details on the investigation and any discipline or data documenting the DOC's action is not public until its final, with the DOC noting, "Final disposition for union employees is at the conclusion of an arbitration proceeding sustaining."

Meanwhile, Beer was fired from her job at Fantastic Sams in Maplewood in the days following the incident. 

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