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Many sexual assault reports in Minnesota are poorly investigated. Most don't result in charges or convictions. This one was different.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she aimed new proposed rules to better balance the rights of alleged victims and the due process rights of the accused.
The attorney general's work group plans to have recommendations ready for the 2019 Legislature.
Recommendations include statewide model policy, specialized training.
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.
Licensing agency chief plans actions to improve statewide accountability.