Criminal Justice & Policing

Senate DFL outlines $500 million public safety plan

BY: - March 22, 2022

Minnesota Democratic senators on Tuesday outlined a $500 million public safety plan they say will help curb violent crime, provide resources to police officers and help address the root causes of the increase in gun violence and carjackings.  The proposal contrasts with Republican bills that would enact tougher criminal penalties and promote the law enforcement […]

Public defenders, state reach a deal to avert strike

BY: - March 19, 2022

The public defenders’ negotiating committee and the state’s Board of Public Defense reached a tentative agreement on a two-year contract early Saturday, averting a strike that threatened to jam up the already backlogged court system.  Representatives for public defender support staff — including paralegals and investigators — also reached a tentative agreement in the wee hours […]

Critics say proposed police contract doesn’t rein in out-of-control MPD

BY: - March 17, 2022

Next week Minneapolis city leaders will consider the first new police union labor agreement since George Floyd was murdered by police in May 2020.  The proposed deal makes no changes to a department disciplinary process that rarely metes out serious punishment, despite high-profile instances of police misconduct that have led to millions of dollars in payouts to victims. 

Minneapolis police officers’ starting salaries would go from $69k to $75k under proposed labor contract

BY: - March 16, 2022

Minneapolis police sergeants who earned about $44 an hour in 2020 — the equivalent of $91,520 annually for 40 hours per week — would make $48 an hour, or nearly $100,000 by the end of this year under the tentative police union deal.

$190k workers’ comp settlement to officer involved in beating incident

BY: - March 15, 2022

A Minneapolis officer involved in a police brutality incident, which is now under investigation by state and federal authorities, will get a $190,000 workers compensation settlement from the city.  The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to approve the payment — which will be spread out over four years — to Minneapolis police officer Cory Taylor.

Minneapolis mayor says he will enact prohibition on no-knock search warrants

BY: - March 14, 2022

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said on Monday he plans to ban all no-knock warrants, a prohibition that would extend to Minneapolis police applying for no-knock warrants in other jurisdictions and executing them on behalf of other agencies in the city. The announcement comes nearly six weeks after a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed 22-year-old […]

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Hennepin County prosecutors announce support for public defenders as strike looms

BY: - March 14, 2022

The union representing Hennepin County prosecutors lent their support on Monday to the state’s public defenders, who recently voted to authorize a strike for the first time in state history. The public defenders and the State Board of Public Defense, with whom they are negotiating, are currently in a 10-day cooling off period. Public defenders […]

Order requiring Minneapolis to hire more cops reversed by Court of Appeals

BY: - March 14, 2022

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a judge’s decision ordering the city of Minneapolis to hire more police officers to meet a threshold set out in the city charter.

Audit: Minneapolis leaders didn’t follow emergency plans during George Floyd protests

BY: - March 8, 2022

The Minneapolis City Council received a long-anticipated “after action review” from independent auditors on Tuesday that presents a damning picture of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and then-Police Chief Medaria Arradondo’s numerous failures to maintain safety and order in the days following the police murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The report’s authors say […]

George Floyd protest after action audit finds Minneapolis mayor ignored emergency plans

BY: - March 8, 2022

Find coverage of the full report here. An independent audit of Minneapolis’ handling of protests and riots following the police murder of George Floyd found city leaders and police ignored emergency plans in place, instead making decisions on the fly, according to Council Member Robin Wonsley Worlobah, who saw a draft report. One line in […]

Experts warn increased threats on officials could spark violence ahead of election

BY: - March 8, 2022

As the 2022 midterm campaign season kicks into full gear, some experts worry the threatening rhetoric and language being supported by Republican candidates could escalate to violence.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already issued a warning that the midterm elections could be a rallying point for domestic extremists, sparked by unproven claims of […]

Minneapolis police union reaches tentative labor agreement

BY: - March 4, 2022

The Minneapolis police union and city have reached a tentative three-year deal that would give police raises dating back to 2020.