Accountability, Transparency Concerns Remain In Body Camera DebateNew legislation proposing body camera guidelines for Minnesota police and dictating how resulting footage is handled hasn't resolved nagging issues between accountability goals and transparency concerns. State lawmakers struggled Wednesday to strike the appropriate balance as police interests and watchdog groups pulled them in competing directions.
Youth Intervention Proponents Ask For More State FundingPoliticians, law enforcement and youth intervention professionals met Friday in the Twin Cities. Those involved say there is a growing number of at-risk youth in the area. They met at the Brooklyn Park Community Center to ask the state legislature for more funding.
Good Question: Why Don't Police Just Try To Hurt Suspects?Over the past week, WCCO has devoted significant coverage to officer-involved shootings from the death of Jamar Clark a week and half ago to a Columbia Heights man early Tuesday morning. So why don't police just try to hurt suspects? Good Question.
ACLU Says New App Holds Powerful Tools; Police Raise ConcernsThe American Civil Liberties Union will launch its "Mobile Justice App" in Minnesota Friday. The technology allows users to instantly send video of police interactions to the ACLU.
'Blue Light Service' Held At State Capitol Honors Fallen Law EnforcementOn Saturday night, services were held at the State Capitol to honor those who died in Minnesota. The program encourages communities to display blue lights during the holiday season in honor of our fallen law enforcement. The color blue is symbolic of peace.
Minn. Law Enforcement Looking To Adopt 21st Century PolicingThe events in Ferguson, Missouri and State Island, New York exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they protect. In the Twin Cities, fatal police-involved shootings -- like those of Terrence Franklin and Marcus Golden -- have led to a growing distrust between officers and the public, especially among people of color.
Law Enforcement Pushing For $150M Annually For PreschoolMore than 100 law enforcement leaders across Minnesota are asking lawmakers for a minimum of $150 million a year for preschool programs.
State Patrol Putting The Brakes On Distracted DriversMore than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state are on the lookout for drivers who are texting.
Compromise May Pave Way For License Plate Reader LawHouse lawmakers say they've finally reached a compromise for how long law enforcement agencies can keep location data from license plate readers.
Bill Curbing Access To Police Body Camera Footage AdvancesA Minnesota bill that would limit public access to video footage from police body cameras cleared its first legislative hurdle Friday, advancing the debate over how to responsibly deploy devices that can provide a revealing look into law enforcement.
Rules For Law Enforcement Drones Fly To Senate FloorA bill barring warrantless aerial drone use by Minnesota law enforcement except in certain emergency situations is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday endorsed a bill that has been the subject of intense negotiations with civil liberties groups and law enforcement agencies.
Twin Cities Police Officers Receive Autism TrainingPolice officers in Minnesota get training for almost any type of emergency. Now, the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) is offering a unique class to law enforcement officers across the Twin Cities on what to expect when they encounter a person with autism.