UNDATED (LEARFIELD) – After six months of testimony, study and deliberation, today a state working group released a plan that if implemented they believe would help reduce deadly force encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota.
State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says over the past five years there have been well over 100 officer-involved shootings in the state.
“One of the things that was surprising to many of us was 60 percent of those happened in greater Minnesota,” said Harrington. “As much as we all hear about the ones that happen in the Twin Cities, it’s greater Minnesota where we spent a lot of our time having this conversation.”
The plan incorporates 28 recommendations and 33 action steps that cover community healing and engagement, prevention and training, investigations and accountability, policy and legal implications, and officer wellness.