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A year after policy changes, Minneapolis police use-of-force data remain murky


November 8, 2021

Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo unveiled changes to the police use of force policy on Aug. 26, 2020.

It's been more than a year since Minneapolis police enacted a sweeping new policy overhauling the thresholds for use of force by officers, including when deadly force is authorized - a measure aimed at reducing violent encounters with citizens in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

But what difference that change in policy has made remains murky: The data available on the city's use-of-force dashboard have remained incomplete, making it difficult to access the actual effect of the policy changes.

For weeks, the online dashboard that shows when and where Minneapolis police have used force while on duty has displayed a disclaimer in bold, red text: "Data collection for Use of Force has changed. The Minneapolis Police Department is enhancing this data set to include more information. New data will be available soon."


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