Office of Police Conduct Review Issues First Report

Posted at: 08/21/2013 6:14 PM
Updated at: 08/21/2013 7:27 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The Minneapolis City Council's Public Safety Committee received the first report from the newly formed Office of Police Conduct Review. The report details the outcomes of more than 340 complaints filed against police between October of 2012 and July of 2013.

According to the report, civilian and sworn police officers manage the process and outcomes for each claim. Most claims are handled by the OPCR but some claims, for example claims of criminal misconduct are investigated separately by police.

Betsy Hodges, City Councilwoman from the city's 13th ward, and mayor candidate, would like to see a more precise delineation between the two types of complaints. "There are still some open questions about how the city and the department and the OCPR decide what cases go through the panel process and which go through the Internal Affairs unit."

Cam Gordon, City Councilman from the city's 2nd ward worries that the report's conclusion shows a disproportionate number of complaints and officer discipline. "This seems to highlight for me that there might be some disconnect between community standards and expectations; the fact that there are 344 complaints that were filed and what we think has merit as a complaint on the end, when we see that there are zero officers that got disciplined."

Commander Medaria Arrandondo, of the Minneapolis Police Department points out that any discipline from police investigations would not be appear in the OCPR report, "Chief Harteau has certainly disciplined officers under, more formally the Internal Affairs process."

Commander Arrandondo also points to a focus on coaching officers to achieve better outcomes in the future. "A lot of these cases have gone out to the precincts. They haven't merited discipline, per se, but they've still been addressed in terms of a formal coaching session with a supervisor and the involved officer at the precinct level."