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In Minnesota, half of sex assault cases police send to prosecutors never result in charges. Prosecutors reject cases that include DNA evidence, witnesses, and sometimes even confessions, records show.
Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
POST Board will prepare officer training standards and a model policy for sex assault investigations.
Police are less likely to interview witnesses, assign cases to a detective or forward them to a prosecutor if the victim was drinking, according to a Star Tribune analysis. When cases involving alcohol do reach prosecutors, suspects are much less likely to be charged with a crime or convicted.
The Hennepin County attorney said he was surprised at how many cases seem to go nowhere.
Minneapolis mayor was responding to a report showing chronic failings in sex assault investigations in Minnesota.
Lawmakers, prosecutors respond to report on breakdowns in assault investigations.
A Star Tribune examination of more than 1,000 recent sexual assault cases shows pervasive failings by law enforcement — neglecting to interview witnesses, collect crucial evidence, or conduct criminal background checks on suspects. Many cases were never even assigned to an investigator.
Following allegations against Rep. Rod Hamilton, Republican leaders of the state House have suspended him as committee chairman.
Noor's partner said he "perceived his life was in danger" and pulled his gun, according to charges.