ACLU calls for transparency as authorities stay quiet on St. Paul police shooting

The deceased's identity has still not been released.
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It's been 36 hours since St. Paul police officers shot a man dead in the Summit-University neighborhood and he is yet to be identified.

That's not good enough, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which on Monday called for greater transparency from St. Paul police, saying they're not following federal guidelines on how to handle officer-involved shootings.

Citing Department of Justice guidelines, the ACLU says that best practice dictates that preliminary information be released about a shooting within 8 hours of it happening, and within 24 hours community leaders should be briefed and a timeline of the investigatory process laid out.

"Neither the individual’s name nor any timeline information has yet to be released despite being over 24 hours since the incident has occurred," ACLU Minnesota legal director Teresa Nelson said.

St. Paul PD did release some basic information about the shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning, saying it had been called to a property on the 900 block of St. Anthony Avenue to reports someone had fired multiple shots inside a residence.

They arrived to find a man with a handgun, and "at some point" the officers opened fire at the man, causing him fatal wounds.

But the ACLU says St. Paul PD and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension should have released more by now.

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"The ACLU of Minnesota calls on the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the St. Paul Police to be more forthcoming and transparent about the killing," Nelson said. 

"They should provide additional details such as identifying the victim, the name of the officer who shot and killed the individual and a timeline for the release of the body camera footage along with other details of the shooting."

The BCA told the Star Tribune that it will release additional details, including the officers' names, once the initial interviews have been completed.

The deceased's identity, meanwhile, will be released by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner once the preliminary autopsy is done and his family has been notified.

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