Update: BCA says officers' body cams were not turned on during fatal Minneapolis police shooting

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.
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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has released a couple more details about an officer-involved shooting Saturday night that left one woman dead.

According to the news release, two Minneapolis police officers were responding to a 911 call about a possible assault just north of the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue South around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman.

Authorities say the officers’ body cameras were not turned on at the time and the squad camera did not capture the incident. Investigators are attempting to determine whether any video of the incident exists.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting an autopsy and will release the woman's identity after it's complete.

The BCA says the investigation is in its very early stages, and more information will be available after witnesses are interviewed.

"That work is underway, but will not be complete today," the Sunday morning release says.

Why weren't the body cams turned on?

Minneapolis Police Department's body cam policy says officers should wear the PVR (Portable Video Recording) during their shift at all times "during which they could reasonably anticipate that they may become involved in a situation for which activation is appropriate."

So officers are always wearing the cameras, but they're not always recording – an officer has to manually turn it on.

The policy provides examples of times when officers should activate their body cams "when reasonably safe and practical."

It says officers are required to activate a body cam in the following situations:

  • Traffic stops
  • Suspicious Person stops
  • Suspicious Vehicle stops
  • Any vehicular response requiring emergency driving
  • Vehicle pursuits
  • Work-related transports
  • Any search
  • Any contact involving criminal activity
  • Any contact involving physical or verbal confrontation
  • Any contact that is, or becomes adversarial
  • When advising a person of their Miranda rights
  • When ordered to by a supervisor
  • Prior to any use of force – If a BWC is not activated prior to a use of force, it shall be activated as soon as it is safe to do so
  • Any tactical entry or forced entry into a building

GoMN reached out to the department to find out if there's any reason why the officers didn't have their body cams on and whether or not that violates the department's body cam policy, but was told to refer all questions to the BCA.

When we contacted the BCA, a spokeswoman had this to say: "The BCA is not conducting an internal affairs investigation, and so would not investigate whether officers followed their department's policies.

The BCA's investigation is in its very early stages. We will provide more information once the initial round of interviews with incident participants and any witnesses are complete. Once the BCA's investigation is complete we will turn our findings over to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review."

Mayor Hodges intends to learn more

In a statement Sunday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she is "heartsick and deeply disturbed by what occurred last night."

She also said "I intend to learn more" about why the officers' body cameras weren't turned on at the squad camera didn't capture what happened.

"There are still many questions about what took place, and while the investigation is still in its early stages, I am asking the BCA to release as much information, as quickly as they are able to," Hodges said.

Hodges and Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo held a news conference Sunday evening addressing this as well. You can watch the news conference here. Arradondo confirmed body camera program has been completely rolled out, but wouldn't say more about why they weren't turned on.

Read the original story about the officer-involved shooting below.

A woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting in south Minneapolis this weekend.

So far, the Minneapolis Police Department has released very few details about the shooting. The department tweeted early Sunday morning to say it happened on the 5100 block of Washburn Avenue S., and that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating.

The Star Tribune says police were sent to the neighborhood on an "unknown trouble call" around 11:30 p.m.

“When officers responded, an officer-involved shooting occurred which resulted in one adult female victim who is deceased,” Minneapolis Assistant Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told WCCO.

Arradondo added that two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

More information is expected to be released Sunday – stay tuned for updates.

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