Throughout my public career, first in the Minnesota Senate, and then as the Hennepin County Attorney, I have believed strongly in sharing as much information as possible with my constituents. That belief, blended with new technology, brought unprecedented daylight to our most difficult decisions in 2016.
Spurred by officer-involved shootings around the country, and then by the tragic death of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis, we discarded a 35-year-old practice of taking those cases to a grand jury. Instead, on all officer-involved shootings, I will make the decision on whether to prosecute the officer and then we will share our decision, analysis and the evidence on our website for all to see.
I am also pleased with our work in 2016 to keep more people out of the criminal justice system. Specifically, we helped convince the legislature to imprison fewer people with small amounts of drugs and turn them over to programs to end their addiction. We also implemented alternative methods to deal with juveniles who break curfew.
Hennepin County Attorney
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