Democrats Float Special Office To Handle Deadly Force Cases
ST. PAUL (AP) - Some lawmakers want to set up a special state prosecutor to handle police deadly force incidents.
Minneapolis Democratic Sen. Scott Dibble introduced a bill Monday to create the new office to investigate and prosecute all cases of deadly force in Minnesota. It would be governed by a five-member board that includes three public spots.
It comes after county prosecutors decided not to charge the Minneapolis officers involved in the death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark. Minneapolis police forwarded that case to the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate.
But it may be too late to pass this year. A key deadline for legislation to proceed in this year's shortened session passed late last month.