Minneapolis Police Instructing Officers to Increase Body Camera Usage

July 18, 2017 11:24 PM

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau is expected to announce changes to the department's policy on body cameras soon, according to Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo.

In a press conference Tuesday night, Arradondo said Chief Harteau called for the internal affairs use of force review into the shooting of Justine Damond to be expedited.  

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That review, Arradondo says, will include why the body cameras belonging to Officers Matthew Harrity and Officer Mohamed Noor were not activated when Justine Damond was shot and killed.  Investigators say the camera in their squad car was not activated either.

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Chief Arradondo also announced what 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS first reported last week.  Arradondo said a Commander with the department's Quality Control Division is now reviewing the body camera program and how often officers activate their body cameras.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS submitted a public information request with MPD and learned that for the month of March, officers uploaded an average of 5.2 to 6.1 hours of body camera video for the entire month.

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Asst. Chief Arradondo said the department is taking steps to make sure body cameras start getting used more.

"By the end of next month mandated supervisor training will be complete throughout MPD," Arradondo said. "Our front line supervisors have been tasked with ensuring officers increase activation of their body cameras."

Asst. Chief Arrandando says the full roll-out of MPD's body camera program is still 8 months away.  He said to expect an updated policy with changes to requirements for how MPD officers use their body cameras soon.

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