New POST Board rules called a 'game changer' in state licensing of police officers


Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune file

Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy, who chairs the POST Board, and POST Board Executive Director Erik Misselt testified in 2020 at a legislative hearing.

When Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested three years ago in the murder of George Floyd, the leadership of the state board that licenses police officers found itself in a predicament: It couldn't revoke Chauvin's license without a criminal conviction.

That restriction changes Tuesday, when a series of state rules take effect governing standards for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), following years of committee meetings and hearings driven by a groundswell of public concerns about the nature of policing.

Until now, the POST Board could revoke a license only when an officer was convicted of a felony or certain gross misdemeanors. Now the board can revoke the license of an officer who violates its conduct guidelines, based on evidence presented in an administrative hearing - regardless of whether the officer has been charged or convicted of a crime.


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