BCA investigations of Minneapolis police officers not OK’d

  • Article by: Matt McKinney , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 10:51 PM

The police chief didn't notify the governor's office or other officials about plan to have BCA investigate officers’ use of force, so it’s on hold.

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dustinyoDec. 18, 1311:17 AM

This makes sense. No point to leave any room for bias for such a sensitive and important investigation.

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circleoflifeDec. 18, 1311:27 AM

Great idea!

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scubadoo68Dec. 18, 1311:28 AM

A wise decision. She seems like she's a good pick for police chief.

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EleanoreDec. 18, 1311:38 AM

This should be a statewide mandate that all departments must follow. Internal investigations are a waste of local resources and the standard needs to be standard for everyone throughout the state.

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redwinegrlDec. 18, 1312:05 PM

Thank you Chief Harteau.

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joe_mnDec. 18, 1312:22 PM

internal affairs is too busy investigating other complaints against officers that do not involve shootings.

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malmlovdorfDec. 18, 1312:32 PM

what about those two cops that got fired after an internal investigation in the "Greenbay Incident"? she sure took that personally.

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baseball91Dec. 18, 1312:56 PM

The theme to this story is the same one about the investigations by the office of the archbishop. And whether it is police or priests, there is a certain irony about internal investigations as if none of these secular or clerical employees have constitutional rights. Note the story about the Minneapolis police chief's new policy comes out on the same day that the St. Paul police chief is complaining that he can only talk to the lawyers who represent various priests. And the union for Minneapolis police are not wild about the new policy, because the BCA might not understand all that needs to be understood about the complications of enforcement. And all of these public servant have my sympathy, when the forgotten standard in criminal court is evidence presented beyond a reasonable doubt, and not what thing look like on TV.

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chuckhoovDec. 18, 13 1:34 PM

Why this wont help: MPD officers have mastered the leak ... the ability to disclose just enough about a shooting to the press so that it gets quickly published and read by the officers involved - helping them craft their stories accordingly. Only if the BCA can quickly isolate and interview the officers involved - before details hit online papers - will there be transparency and truth in the process.

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nostrichDec. 18, 13 1:53 PM

Goodness. I hope Davenport doesn't get assigned to these investigations. His case load is busy enough as it is.

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