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Report: Minneapolis police engaged in pattern of illegal racial discrimination


April 28, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Mayor Jacob Frey and other city leaders held a press conference on Minnesota Department of Human Rights findings.

The Minneapolis Police Department has engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination in violation of the state's civil rights law over the past decade, enabled by several political administrations failing to hold problem officers accountable, according to a scathing report published Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

During a two-year investigation, the Human Rights Department found that Minnesota's largest police agency stops, searches, arrests, uses force against and kills people of color - especially Black people - at starkly higher rates than white people, according to the 72-page report.

Minneapolis police also created covert social media accounts - sometimes with no authorization - to surveil Black people and organizations unrelated to criminal activity. Some officers used these phony accounts to pose as community members and criticize public officials online, including a Minneapolis City Council member.


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