Limited video evidence leads to transparency concerns in Richfield officer-involved shooting

Updated: September 09, 2019 10:58 PM

The number of police officers put on paid leave for their involvement in the shooting death of 30-year-old Brian Quinones Saturday night has been released.

Three of the officers are from Richfield and two officers are from Edina. The names of the officers have yet to be released. 


Brian Quinones was live on Facebook as he sped away from police in Edina. His feed broadcast the audio as officers opened fire on Quinones once officers got him to stop in Richfield at 77th Street and Chicago Avenue Saturday night.   However, the footage didn't give a clear view of how the fatal encounter played out. 

Edina and Richfield city leaders confirmed Monday the shooting was also caught on squad car dash cameras, which contains audio and video. Authorities consider dash cam recordings as "one" part of the investigation.

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Public safety expert and former Hennepin County sheriff Rich Stanek spoke with KSTP about what video evidence investigators will and won't have. 

"It is not candidly an end all be all solution," Stanek said.  "Dash cam video only sees where squad cars are pointed, body cams only see where officers are facing. It doesn't take into account sights and sounds going on around an officer at an incident."

Large departments tend to rely on other thing to pick up on what stationary cameras in patrol cars can't. 

Some smaller department often don't have body cameras, and state law doesn't require them to purchase the gear. 

"You've seen some cities fight it, others wholeheartedly adopt it," Stanek said.

City leaders confirm neither Edina nor Richfield police officers have body cameras. The limited video evidence raises concerns about accountability and transparency to those close with Quinones, like his brother Joshua Quinones.

"He just wanted to be heard," said Joshua Quinones "I think the police could have done better."

City leaders said they are considering obtaining body cameras by the end of 2020.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will turn over the investigative results to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for review of possible criminal charges. 

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Beth McDonough

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