DOJ: Minneapolis Lacked Coordination, but Kept Peace in 4th Precinct Protests

(Ted Haller / Fox 9)

MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) – The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) on Monday released its after-action report of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department’s response to the protests and demonstrations at the MPD’s 4th Precinct following the November 2015 shooting death of Jamar Clark.

The DOJ review was requested by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau. The review specifically focuses on the 18-day occupation of the 4th Precinct and the police response and around the precinct.

The report produced 36 findings and 71 recommendations concerning leadership and incident command, internal and external communication, use of force, training, equipment and tools for managing demonstrations, officer safety, and community engagement. Acting COPS Office Director Russell Washington said the findings and recommendations “will not only benefit MPD and the City of Minneapolis, but provide a roadmap for other cities faced with similar challenging situations.”

The review commended the police department for a “peaceful, measured response” that “played a large role in keeping the occupation from escalating.” But the report also found the city “lacked a coordinated political, tactical, and operational response to the protests, demonstrations, and occupation of the fourth precinct police station.”

“This led to inconsistent messaging, confusion, and ineffective communication that negatively affected the response,” the COPS office said. “The assessment team found that a breakdown in communication between city leaders, police leadership, and line officers impacted the ability of line officers to carry out the response and inhibited effective crowd management.”

Read a full copy of the report, “Maintaining First Amendment Rights and Public Safety in North Minneapolis: An After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to Protests, Demostrations, and Occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Fourth Precinct,” at https://ric-zai-inc.com/ric.php?page=detail&id=COPS-W0836

A timeline of the Jamar Clark shooting: http://www.fox9.com/news/114518929-story