Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Expert views on Castile shooting video

June 23, 2017

Following the officer’s acquittal last week, dashcam video of the vehicle stop and subsequent shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota was released. In this article, several experts comment on the video evidence. Another view is here.

Interview of St. Paul police chief

June 16, 2017

Here’s an interview with the police chief in St. Paul, Minnesota on his 1-year anniversary in the position, already having dealt with mass protests, officer-involved shootings, and an uptick in gun violence. As chief, he has found that “There are moments when I take time to really reflect on decisions and feel the weight of those decisions and, during those times, there is a sense that you’re alone.”

Inconsistent lineups in Minnesota

June 13, 2017

This article describes several cases of flawed photo lineups in Minnesota, a state that pioneered improved eyewitness identification procedures over a decade ago. A 2016 survey found that 60% of the state’s law enforcement agencies lack written policies on the subject. Despite evidence to the contrary, most chiefs believe they are “up to snuff” and prosecutors say “they shouldn’t be dictating investigative processes to police.”

Ethical policing is courageous

June 2, 2017

In this blog post one of the creators of peer intervention training for police discusses its origins, the impact of the “active bystandership” concept, and its current implementation as EPIC (Ethical Policing is Courageous) in New Orleans. The post includes links to a video and other documentation.

Whimsy vs. warn-and-scold

January 20, 2017

This brief column by an officer from Wyoming, Minnesota encourages police departments to be more social on social media, mixing humorous messages with more serious ones.

Psych test frustration in Minneapolis

January 9, 2017

Minneapolis PD is reviewing its psychological testing of applicants amid concerns over bias and lack of transparency, according to this article. Among the issues are contract psychologists and “an obscure system designed to flag police recruits who may have racist or sexist attitudes.”

Fork in the road in Minneapolis

December 22, 2016

This article reports an ongoing debate in Minneapolis over whether to invest in more police or social services to tackle violent crime. Some community leaders fear that more police will simply increase low-level arrests, but police say they need the additional staff in order to get beyond just reactive 9-1-1 policing.

Minnesota & Mogadishu

September 17, 2016

This story describes assistance efforts for Mogadishu police led by several Minnesota police departments, including donation of safety equipment and training. The article emphasizes the return value for Minnesota, which has a large Somali community.

Accountability via personal liability insurance

August 26, 2016

As a means of increasing police accountability, a citizen’s group in Minneapolis has proposed requiring police officers to pay for their own liability insurance if their premiums rise above a standard base rate. A referendum on the issue has been blocked by a lower court ruling that the proposal conflicts with state law. This article reports that the state supreme court has agreed to hear an appeal.

Finding hope from a tragic week

July 10, 2016

This 15-minute NPR segment interviews a current police chief, a former chief, and a young officer regarding the events this past week in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and outside Minneapolis.