Dissenters Demand Cook County Attorney's Resignation

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM CDT

Grand Marais, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- It's almost been three months since news broke that Cook County Attorney Tim Scannell is the subject of a restraining order.

The parents of a 17-year-old girl filed paperwork claiming Scannell, and their daughter had a romantic relationship.

A court document states that Scannell harassed the girl, prompting the two-year restraining order.

Since then, in front of the courthouse where Tim Scannell was shot, a group is demanding his resignation.

"I'm out here because it's the right thing to do," said Chad Jones of Grand Marais. "This is a person that had our trust as county attorney and he breached it, so now it's a conflict of interest for him to be the county attorney anymore."

Every Friday, and now every Wednesday, a crowd of dissenters stands in front of the Cook County Courthouse, holding signs denouncing Scannell.

"I'm really proud to be part of a group that cares so much for their community that they're willing to stand out in this cold, week after week," said Tamarie Oberg of Grand Portage.

At this point, there is no sigh of the movement slowing down. The group plans on protesting every week until from their perspective, justice is served.

"We've been getting a tremendous response. Our group keeps growing and growing," said Oberg.

At the Friday protest, around 10 people showed up.

Attempts to reach Mr. Scannell by phone or in person were not successful.

In a previous statement, he's claimed no illegal activity took place between him and the girl, and he regrets any pain and heartache this situation has caused.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they are still conducting an investigating in Grand Marais, but won't say if it's specific to Tim Scannell.