Minneapolis police look for feedback on next 4th Precinct inspector

February 21, 2019 10:16 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for a new inspector for the 4th Precinct, which has been at the center of several controversies in recent years.

The latest came in November when two officers were disciplined after allegations they put racist decorations on the precinct's Christmas tree, including a beer can, junk food and police tape.

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RELATED: 2 MPD officers on paid leave after offensive Christmas tree decorations in 4th Precinct

Thursday night, the department held a community listening session to hear what the public wants in a new inspector. 

"This is an opportunity to listen to others and possibly provide some input," said David Opp, a resident of Minneapolis. 

RELATED: MPD makes leadership change regarding 4th Precinct

Before the conversation started, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo addressed the crowd.

"I want to give my apology, and say I'm sorry to each and every one of you," Arradondo said of the November incident.

He added it was "offensive, disrespectful, and should have never have occurred."

RELATED: MPD releases video of controversial 4th Precinct Christmas tree being decorated

The two officers behind the tree prank have been put on home assignment and are awaiting results of an internal affairs investigation.

Inspector Aaron Baird was stripped off his duties leading the 4th Precinct and was reassigned.

Mike Kjos, who attended Thursday's meeting, is the interim inspector.

Arradondo also addressed the turnover in the 4th Precinct, which has gone through more leadership changes in the last decade than any other precinct.

"I know that's caused pain and frustration to many of you," Arradondo said. 

That's why MPD is giving the community a chance to provide input on the next inspector.

Many in attendance challenged the new inspector to be a communicator, a positive influence on officers and one who engages with the community.

"We have a lot to work on," Opp said. 

Arradondo told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that he hopes to make his decision on the new inspector by April. 

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