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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.
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.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
The new law gives agencies 60 days to submit kits and requires victim updates.
All Minnesota law agencies would be required to establish rules.