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Before 2004, the department sent officer-involved fatality cases to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office for investigation. Former Chief Bill McManus ended that practice and brought the investigations into the department, prompting a warning from then-Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, who said she preferred an outside review.
‘Exception to the norm’
Dayton said he was not criticizing the plan but the way it was handled. He did note that when the BCA is called upon to handle criminal investigations for other departments, “It’s the exception to the norm.”
That, he said, “is a lot different from automatically referring every critical incident at the [Minneapolis] chief’s discretion to the BCA, with the assumption that the BCA’s just going to automatically take it.”
BCA protocol calls for the agency to assist in investigations of homicides or other serious crimes, terrorism and some felonies if there are special circumstances.
Internal affairs cases are investigated only with the signoff of the BCA superintendent or assistant superintendent.
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