The Latest: Ellison: State needs plan for police shootings

July 22, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on Minnesota launching working group on police shootings (all times local):

1 p.m.

Minnesota’s top prosecutor says the state cannot “keep going from crisis to crisis to crisis” whenever law enforcement fatally shoots someone.

Attorney General Keith Ellison will join Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington as co-chairs of a 16-member working group focused on officer-involved shootings.

Ellison said Monday that everyone needs to get together and figure out a plan that assures fairness and transparency.

Harrington says the time to discuss deadly-force encounters is not when one happens. He says since 2014, there have been 101 officer-involved shootings in Minnesota resulting in injury or death.

The group includes Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin and Clarence Castile, uncle of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by a police officer during a 2016 traffic stop.

Three public hearings are planned, starting next month. A final report to the Legislature is expected by February 2020.


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Minnesota’s top law enforcement officials are launching a working group and public hearings on police-involved shootings.

Attorney General Keith Ellison and Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington say the group will begin work later this summer. The move comes as police departments and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have often come under heavy criticism for their handling of such shootings.

Video is frequently withheld from officer-involved shootings for months while an investigation is done. And officers are rarely charged.

The BCA was sharply criticized for its investigation of the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond by a Minneapolis police officer, with Damond’s father accusing the agency of either resisting a real investigation or being incompetent. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman also criticized the agency’s early work on the case.