Police shredded documents in panic that followed Third Precinct burning
August 26, 2021
In the days after rioters took over Minneapolis' Third Precinct last summer, police officers on the other side of the city believed their Second Precinct would be targeted.
So the officers shredded a cache of files they believed to be inactive. They loaded the others into an unmarked car and drove to a waterworks facility to hide them until the chaos died down.
This first detailed account of why officers shredded documents, from two Second Precinct officers, appeared in court records in a Hennepin County court case, in which the destruction of the files has become a point of contention.