In response to a report that Minneapolis police officers were instructing Hennepin County medical workers to drug suspects with ketamine, the City of Minneapolis announced Friday that former acting United States Attorney General Sally Yates will lead an investigation into the serious issue.
“Sally Yates’ record speaks for itself. She has dedicated her life to unearthing the truth, and delivering justice,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey in a release. “There’s no time to waste in launching our independent review of the interaction between Minneapolis cops and medical personnel, and I am confident that Ms. Yates is the highest caliber candidate to lead a thorough investigation.”
It was a draft of the Office of Police Conduct Review report that sparked controversy last week, after the Star Tribune obtained a copy and shared some of its findings.
Among those findings was the revelation that in dozens of cases, Minneapolis police officers encouraged Hennepin Healthcare medical responders to subdue suspects by drugging them with ketamine, even when it wasn't clear a crime had been committed.
Yates, as tough as they come, said she'll lead a "thorough independent investigation," noting that Minneapolis PD has guaranteed full cooperation.
“We have been entrusted to review this important matter fairly and impartially, and to call it like we see it, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do," said Yates.
Yates is expected to dig deep into MPD's protocols and how officers interact with local Emergency Management Services.
The drug MPD officers are accused of urging emergency personnel to use is ketamine, a sedative know as the "date rape drug."
Yates became a household name when she refused to enforce President Donald Trump's immigration order days after he took office in January 2017. She was fired by the president shortly after.