Minneapolis Ends Stings Focusing on Low-Level Marijuana Charges, Arrests

June 07, 2018 08:03 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department says it will stop arresting people on low-level marijuana charges in the wake of sting operations that resulted in the disproportionate arrests of black people.

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the new policy Thursday at the direction of Major Jacob Frey. The policy follows a report by the Hennepin County public defender's office that 46 of 47 people arrested in the sting operations from Jan. 24 to May 24 were black. The public defenders say almost all the cases involved the sale of 1 to 2 grams of marijuana for $10 to $20.


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Arradondo said at a news conference that police were trying to reduce downtown crime but their efforts had unintended consequences.

He says the new policy applies to the entire city.

Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer John Elder said, "We, at the direction of the mayor, have discontinued sting operations/directed enforcement that focuses on low level marijuana violations. We will still arrest for marijuana, even for small amounts, but that is not going to be the focus of our activity. We will continue to do undercover operations focused on the reduction of crimes."


The Associated Press

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