MPD Makes Public Data on Use of Force, Officer-Involved Shootings

November 14, 2017 07:39 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department took another step Tuesday in its effort to increase department transparency with the public.

A few months ago, MPD launched a data dashboard that included information on traffic stops and searches of people and vehicles. Now, information on use of force and officer-involved shootings will be included. Both are issues that have led to an erosion of trust in the community.

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"One thing I want to make absolutely clear is we will be open and honest as it pertains to this data," said Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. "Too often in our policing history we have shielded our communities from this data, they have a right to this data. And starting today the Minneapolis Police Department is going to make sure that communities have that data."

Arradondo said the department is responding to community requests to provide more data in an effort to be more transparent. "I'd also like to make note that this is the first of its kind in our state for a police department to be as transparent with their officer use of force as well as officer-involved shooting data."

At a news conference Tuesday, Arradondo made a point to talk about officer use of force data.

"To date, 755 of the over 335,000 calls for service resulted in the use of force. That represents 0.23 percent for calls of service, a quarter of 1 percent." 

The public can now see information on what kind of force is used, the resistance officers encounter, and why people are arrested.

"This will be broken down to every single component, down to the precinct, down to the neighborhood," Arradondo said. "We will not be providing the officer identifiers. I will certainly have that information available. But this is really looking at those contacts, all of those elements in those contacts. But we are not using officer-identifying information at this time."

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MPD union President Lt. Bob Kroll told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the union fully supports the transparency efforts.

"It makes the department look good. It's good for the public to see," he said.

Find the Minneapolis Police Department Data Dashboard here.

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