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Officers accused of handing out marijuana will not be charged

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says there will be no charges against officers accused of handing out marijuana to young men as part of an officer drug training program. The state found no evidence of misconduct and witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what occured.
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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says there will be no charges against officers accused of handing out marijuana to young men in April as part of an officer drug training program. The Star Tribune reports the state found no evidence of misconduct and witnesses gave conflicting accounts of what occured.

The allegations came to light in a video featuring Occupy Minneapolis activists that claimed officers picked up volunteers at Peavy Plaza and gave them marijuana to smoke in front of them:

The program, Drug Recognition Evaluator training, remains suspended while officials review its structure.

The state coordinator for DRE training, Sgt. Rick Munoz, recently made headlines after he was reprimanded for officer misconduct unrelated to the case.

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