Criminal Justice & Policing

Republican lawmakers blame Minneapolis leaders for scathing MPD report

BY: - May 18, 2022

Two state House committees held a joint hearing Tuesday to discuss a recent state report that found the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discriminating against people based on their race. Republicans laid blame at the feet of Minneapolis city officials — virtually all Democrats — while Democrats said it’s time to hold police accountable for misconduct.  

Minneapolis to pay Jaleel Stallings $1.5 million

BY: - May 17, 2022

Jaleel Stallings, an Army veteran who was acquitted on the grounds of self-defense after he was charged with shooting at Minneapolis police, has agreed to settle a civil lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million plus costs and attorneys’ fees. 

Court of Appeals denies Freeman’s push to remove judge from all felony cases

BY: - May 10, 2022

The Hennepin County attorney was again blocked from trying to remove a judge from all felony cases. The Minnesota Court of Appeals denied the request of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, who asked the court to overrule the district judge.

Some of the most jaw-dropping statements in the state Human Rights report on MPD

BY: - April 27, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there is probable cause that the city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department “engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Rights relied on hundreds of interviews, a review of 700 hours of body worn camera footage and nearly 480,000 pages of city and MPD documents to come to that conclusion.  Tucked inside the 72-page report are some astonishing findings, statements and anecdotes.

State: Probable cause that Minneapolis police engage in race discrimination

BY: - April 27, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found there is probable cause that the city of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department “engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Rights announced it would work with the city […]

Biden issues first pardons and sentencing commutations of his presidency

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday granted clemency to nearly 80 individuals charged with nonviolent crimes and unveiled an administration strategy to help formerly incarcerated people secure employment. Of that list, three were pardons and 75 were commutations, which is a reduction in an individual’s prison sentence. They were the first pardons and commutations […]

Senate approves ‘tough on crime’ bill with bipartisan support

BY: - April 25, 2022

The Republican-controlled state Senate on Monday approved a $200 million public safety and judiciary budget bill that creates harsher penalties for carjackers, institutes new mandates on judges and prosecutors for sentencing and prosecution decisions, and weighs in on sentencing guidelines. The bill passed with a bipartisan majority but won’t become law without the assent of […]

POST Board OKs rule changes that would give it more power to deal with police misconduct

BY: - April 22, 2022

The state’s police licensing board approved rules Thursday that — if approved by an administrative law judge — would give the board the power to take problem cops off the streets even if they’re not convicted of a crime or disciplined by their bosses. The rule change would allow the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, or POST Board, to take disciplinary action for a broader range of misconduct.

One in 10 Minneapolis police officers were disciplined in 2020 and 2021

BY: - April 21, 2022

About 10% of the Minneapolis police force was disciplined in 2020 and 2021. In 2020 and 2021 78 officers were disciplined, according to data released by the city. That’s more than in the previous five years combined.

House GOP pushes Dems to get tougher on crime

BY: - April 19, 2022

Two Republican House leaders say the Democratic-controlled House has done little more than pay lip service to addressing crime and a police shortage. 

Chief judge denies Hennepin County request to remove judge from all felony cases

BY: - April 14, 2022

The chief Hennepin County judge has denied a request by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office to remove a judge from all felony cases.

DOJ rule cracks down untraceable firearms known as ‘ghost guns’

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Monday unveiled the Department of Justice’s plan to regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns, as well as announced his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Department of Justice’s final rule bans the business of manufacturing ghost guns, such as “buy build shoot” kits […]