At Issue: July 30 - Changes to Minneapolis PD Body Camera Policy; Legislative Auditor Report Critical of Suite Use at TCF Bank Stadium

July 30, 2017 06:31 PM

Minneapolis Police Department Announces Changes to Body Camera Policy

The Minneapolis Police Department announced significant updates to its body camera policy, following the officer-involved shooting death of Justine Damond on July 15. 

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Acting police chief Medaria Arradondo announced the new policy changes will require all Minneapolis police officers to activate body cameras when they are dispatched to a call or engage in any self-initiated police activity. The new policy went into effect Saturday.

The two officers involved in Damond's shooting, Mohamed Noor and Matthew Harrity, did not have their body cameras turned on during the incident. The department's policy at the time did not require them to be turned on. 

While many transparency advocates call the move a good first step, the head of the Minneapolis Police Federation call it "politically motivated."

Legislative Auditor Questions Lawmakers' Attendance in Suites at TCF Bank Stadium

More than two dozen state lawmakers and state officials are accused of violating a "core ethical principal" by providing friends and family members free access to a TCF Bank Stadium suite to watch University of Minnesota football games last season, according to a legislative auditor's report released Wednesday. Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles reviewed the use of publicly financed stadiums in Minnesota after public officials committed similar violations at U.S. Bank Stadium, leading to the resignations of two appointed stadium governing body officials. In a stinging rebuke, Nobles questioned the use of the hospitality suite at TCF Bank Stadium, which is used by President Eric Kaler and the Board of Regents to entertain family, friends and donors as well as state and federal officials.

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