Minneapolis Acting Police Chief Provides Updates on Body Camera Audit

August 08, 2017 11:46 PM

Acting Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said an audit of the department's body camera use will determine whether some police officers never turned the technology on during their shifts.

Arradondo answered questions Tuesday from the public and the Minneapolis Police Conduct Oversight Commission about a city audit into the use of police body cameras.

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"I can tell you body camera activation is a concern of mine and something I want, something police officers want and something our citizens want," Arradondo said.

In July, KSTP obtained police records that showed Minneapolis police officers who were assigned body cameras only uploaded between 5.2 and 6.1 hours of body camera footage during the month of March. 

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One citizen told commissioners the shooting death of Justine Damond underscores the need for more body camera requirements. Neither officer responding to the call when Damond was shot had their body camera activated.

"The mayor asked 'why were the cameras not on?'  The chief of police asked 'why were the cameras not on?'  And they knew why the cameras were not on, because they were never turned on," one man said during a public comment period.

Arradondo said the body camera audit is scheduled to finish by September 19, which one city staff member told commissioners is a fast-tracked timeline.

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Nate Patrick is the lead staff person on the audit and he confirmed Arradondo's timeline for completion.

"Normally an audit of this size would take about three to four months, but we have allocated resources and hired outside help that will help us finish the body camera audit by September 19 prior to the next commission meeting", said Patrick.

An MPD records officer told KSTP there has not been any disciplinary action taken against an officer for alleged violations of the body camera policy since the requirements were put in place a year ago.

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