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In an effort to build public trust, the Minneapolis police department will get some help from the state when investigating cases alleging officer misconduct.

KSTP reports high-profile cases, such as when an officer uses a firearm resulting in injury or death, will be handed over to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension instead of being investigated by the department's internal affairs unit.

In a memo issued Monday, Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau says she has "full confidence" in her department's investigators, but "Unfortunately, the general public does not share this view," KSTP reports.

The new policy effective Monday comes after the department was highly criticized over the death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin, a burglary suspect who was killed during a confrontation with police in Uptown in May. Following the incident, several protests were held in the city demanding an independent investigation.

A Hennepin County grand jury cleared the officers of any wrongdoing in September.

The Star Tribune says before 2004, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office handled officer-involved fatality cases. Former Police Chief Bill McManus brought the investigations back to the department.

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