Minneapolis police will rely on BCA for misconduct cases in the future. The change would stop the police from investigating these types of cases internally. The BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) will be handling these cases.
The change may appear sudden, but it has been discussed for months, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau has talked to the media about the announcement. She admits the change was part of long discussions.
There are several different scenarios that may cause the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to get involved. For example, a police officer accused of using force during an arrest may be investigated. Another example would be a police officer who killed a suspect during a shooting. The BCA would take over these cases.
This is not the only change that is coming to the police department in Minneapolis. The police chief also wants to create a Critical Incident Community Impact Team to handle investigations and misconduct cases. The team would be focused on the community and would gather information about it.
The reaction to the change has not been positive on all sides. Gov. Mark Dayton issued his own statement that indicates he is not happy with the change. In addition, he shared that Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau did not inform his office of what she was doing. This seems to contradict her statement of spending months discussing the change.
The governor’s statement seemed to indicate that the new change would not go into effect until he approved it. This means the BCA may not be allowed to get involved in misconduct cases right now. The police chief’s office responded by saying the BCA is already starting to handle cases. There is no other comment from the governor’s office.
In addition to the controversial change in misconduct cases, Janee Harteau has another problem on her hands. She is worried about leaks from the police department and wants to put a stop to them. All police staff must now sign a document that states they will no share information. In addition, they could be removed from their positions if they leak information.
The Minneapolis police department is in the midst of some controversial changes. Officers, speaking off the record, are not thrilled with the changes. There is greater concern about the crackdown on leaks because of threats of termination and prosecution if they are discovered.