Leak of Ketamine Draft Report Called 'Irresponsible' by Chairwoman of Minneapolis Police Review Commission

July 10, 2018 10:46 PM

The Chairwoman of the Minneapolis Police Review Commission told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the leak of a ketamine draft report "irresponsible and undermines the process."

Commission Chair, Angela Brown, talked with KSTP's Jay Kolls following a Tuesday meeting and said the leak was damaging to the process and said Minneapolis Police and Hennepin Healthcare could no longer get a fair shake while the final report is put together.

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"It absolutely makes it harder for the officers and paramedics involved to have a fair, public process," Brown said. "We only have bits and pieces of how ketamine was used by Hennepin Healthcare personnel, who were working alongside police, and that means the public then has to fill in the blanks, and that can be scary."

The StarTribune first reported, in June, that a draft report by the Minneapolis Office of Police Conduct Review indicated some police officers had ordered paramedics to sedate agitated people.

Imani Jaafar, Director of the Minneapolis Office of Police Conduct Review, talked publicly about the ketamine issue for the first time at the Police Review Commission meeting, but offered few details other than to inform commissioners the final report is expected July 26, but the deadline is "subject to change."

"Our small, little staff has been a bit overwhelmed in trying to finish the ketamine report for the Minneapolis City Council and so we have pushed other projects aside until that is done," Jaafar said.

KSTP caught up with Jaafar after her presentation and asked her if she could identify the exact number of police officers who are accused of ordering paramedics to use ketamine on people they considered a danger to themselves and others.

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"Right now we are dealing with some very sensitive privacy issues with this," Jaafar said. "So, I am not really in a position to talk to the media about any of this until the report is finished."

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Chief of Police Maderia Arradondo have also hired a former-acting U.S. Attorney for Minnesota to conduct an investigation into the use of ketamine.

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