Panel to develop training to avoid another Strike Force fiasco

  • Article by: RANDY FURST
  • Star Tribune
  • March 14, 2013 - 6:48 PM

A three-member panel, including a judge and former judge, has been formed to oversee development of a law enforcement training program to prevent a repeat of the Metro Gang Strike Force scandal that forced its closure in 2009.

The program, to be made available to law enforcement officers and supervisors across the state, was mandated as part of the 2010 settlement of a $3 million federal class action suit against the Strike Force. About $1.8 million remains from the settlement to create and operate the training program.

Officers will be trained in basic civil rights, property forfeitures, evidence handling, racial and ethnic sensitivity, search and seizure procedures, and other topics, according to Joseph Flynn, an attorney for the Strike Force.

Flynn submitted two names for the panel — Kevin Ross, a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals; and Rob Boe, public safety project coordinator for the League of Minnesota Cities. Zimmerman Reed, the law firm that represented strike force victims, submitted the name of attorney Israel Reyes, a former circuit court judge in Florida. All three are former law enforcement officers.

The names were given to U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen, who is overseeing the settlement. A start date for the training has not been et.


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