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KARE/NBC report: 'Hundreds' of complaints against Mpls cops have not been investigated

KARE 11 and NBC News found that many reports are filed as 'inquiries.'

In the wake of George Floyd's death, a new report is bringing further scrutiny on the way the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) handles complaints against its officers.

The investigation, conducted jointly by KARE 11 and NBC News, found that nearly 800 misconduct complaints filed since 2016 have not been pursued by MPD. 

According to the report, which you can read right here, these complaints ended up being filed as "inquiries" — which is a step below what's required to launch an official investigation into alleged misconduct.

Describing the filing process as "difficult," the news outlets say Minneapolis officials told them that "complaints must be 'signed' [by the complainant] before they are considered official" — though a number of complainants they spoke to say they were not told about the signature requirement. 

"Each person is supposed to be told about the signature requirement – and the city allows them to do that online," KARE 11 notes.

The report does note some challenges in responding to misconduct complaints, including staffing — as the department receives some 600 police complaints per year. 

Another issue is that some complaints involve officers from other agencies, officials told KARE. 

BringMeTheNews has reached out to MPD regarding the KARE/NBC News report. 

This comes amid controversial efforts to defund the police department, whose administration and culture have been under the spotlight after a number of a high-profile deaths at the hands of officers — including Floyd's. 

The campaign to dismantle and replace MPD — proposed by the Minneapolis City Council — was dealt a setback on Wednesday when the city's Charter Commission voted to delay the decision. 

As a result, there will be no public vote on the matter this year, as the 90-day delay means the measure will miss the cutoff date to make the November ballot. 

 

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