The U.S. Department of Justice is making changes to its program that's tasked with reviewing the St. Anthony Police Department.
The city had requested and was accepted into the Department of Justice's Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance last fall, a few months after former officer Jeronimo Yanez fatally shot Philando Castile. (Yanez was acquitted of all charges against him, but no longer works for the department.)
The program, which is done through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), aims to help cities identify and implement ways to improve trust within the community.
“This is a course correction to ensure that resources go to agencies that require assistance rather than expensive wide-ranging investigative assessments that go beyond the scope of technical assistance and support," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement, noting resources will still be provided to local law enforcement agencies to "fight violent crime."
The Department of Justice's announcement didn't go into a lot of detail about the changes, so it's not exactly clear how it'll affect the review of the St. Anthony Police Department.
Either way, Police Chief Jon Mangseth told GoMN they're "committed to a technical assessment process that results in specific recommendations for improvement" and they'll "continue to make certain that this process progresses."
The City of Milwaukee was also part of the program. The Journal Sentinel reports the agencies that were currently under review will no longer get federal help to implement reforms when it comes to accountability and trust within the community.
Instead, the city will get help with tactics to reduce crime, the paper says.
You can read more about the Collaborative Reform Initiative on St. Anthony's website here.