Dayton calls Chief Harteau's move regarding cop shooting cases "extremely inappropriate"
Dayton and Harteau aren't on the same page regarding which agency should investigate MPD officer-involved shootings.
In the wake of the Terrence Franklin controversy, Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau announced yesterday that the MPD will no longer investigate its own officer-involved shooting cases. Those cases will now be handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, she said.
But apparently the state's top official didn't get the memo. Because hours after Harteau announced the move, Governor Dayton's spokesperson characterized Harteau's decision as "extremely inappropriate."
"The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff -- a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spox Matt Swenson said in an email to the Star Tribune. "Given this turn of events, and until all parties reach agreement on this matter, the arrangement announced by the Minneapolis Chief of Police is inoperative."
But in a conversation with Fox 9's Tom Lyden, MPD spokesperson Cyndi Barrington said Harteau is "perplexed by the governor's reaction" because the MPD and BCA have been discussing the move for months.
The Dayton-Harteau kerfuffle comes a couple of months after Harteau publicly took issue with then-mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges for saying Harteau supported a proposal to put body cameras on Minneapolis cops. Harteau, however, said she was "very frustrated" by Hodges's comments because the proposal "was premature." (Funding for cop body cams was ultimately approved by the Minneapolis City Council earlier this month.)
Can't we all just communicate a bit better?
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