Publish date:

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. 

 

Next Up

Flickr - QFamily - Ben Jerrys

Latest to wade into Mpls. Question 2 debate is ... Ben & Jerry's?

The ice cream business said it supports the creation of a Department of Public Safety.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Mpls. candidate tries to 'set the record straight' about where he lives

Questions about Ward 9 candidate Mickey Moore's residency are quickly piling up.

Screen Shot 2021-10-21 at 1.49.16 PM

COVID-19 case rate drops in 51 of 87 Minnesota counties

Four of the 10 lowest case rates are metro-area counties.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

Allina mental health workers vote to unionize

Concerns over safety led the workers to unionize.

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

Minnesota reports COVID deaths of teen student, 2 school staffers

Cases in schools rose again in the past week, though there are signs cases may have peaked.

Proctor football

Investigation of alleged misconduct on Proctor football team nears conclusion

The football team canceled its season and the coach subsequently resigned.

minnesota house of representatives

Minnesota House will continue hybrid operations, require masks in 2022

The Speaker of the House announced the plans in a memo to members and staff on Thursday.

autumn larson settlement

Minneapolis committee OKs $45K payout to woman shot by police during riots

She was hit in the face with a "less lethal" projectile while she was in her car trying to leave the protest.

SNOW

What NOAA's winter outlook says about Minnesota

A moderate La Niña winter is expected.

Related

Minneapolis police

Report: Only 1.5 percent of MPD complaints leads to discipline

CNN analyzed six years of complaints against Minneapolis cops.

Minneapolis police

After online backlash, Mpls police cancel 'Black Panther' movie night

The screening was to be held at Chicago Ave and Lake St.

Anonymous

Minneapolis city and police websites taken down in alleged 'Anonymous' hack

The infamous hacker group also released a video criticizing the MPD.

George Floyd

ACLU protester lawsuit against Minneapolis, MPD will move forward

A federal judge denied motions to dismiss the suit.

minneapolis police

Charges: Ex-Minneapolis cop abused position to obtain illegal drugs

He's also accused of extortion and violating civil rights.

Mpls cops no longer allowed to attend 'warrior' training programs

"Fear-based" seminars are now prohibited for cops both on- and off-duty.