How can I file a complaint against a Minneapolis police officer?
In light of the recent concerns that have been raised about police actions during the RNC, I thought it might be useful for people to know options that have to I file a complaint against a Minneapolis police officer? As a council member I can use the number, nature and status of complaints to help me guide discussion and policy decisions. To date there have been no formal external complaints made related to RNC activity.
To file a complaint you have 3 options within the City. If you have a lawyer please consult with them before proceeding with any of these.
The Police Internal Affairs Unit, the Mpls. Civilian Police Review Authority and the Mpls. Dept. of Civil Rights provide citizens with avenues to bring complaints of misconduct and inappropriate behavior against Police.
A complaint can be initiated by contacting the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA) office and speaking to an investigator. An official complaint does not exist until an investigator drafts a written complaint, the individual signs the complaint, and it is received in the CRA office. The CRA office is located in the Grain Exchange Building, 301 4th Avenue South, Room 670, Minneapolis, MN 55415. You can telephone the CRA at 612-673-5500.
The Minneapolis Civil Rights Ordinance specifies that it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, and status with regard to public assistance. A complaint must be filed in person. You may come directly to the Minneapolis Civil Rights Office (City Hall, 350 S 5th Street, Room 239) or call (612) 673-3012 for an appointment. If possible, complete an intake questionnaire prior to meeting with an intake officer. An intake officer will meet with you in person after reviewing your intake questionnaire. The intake officer then drafts an official charge of discrimination. After the charge of discrimination is signed and notarized, the charge is filed and all parties are notified within 10 business days.
The Mpls. Police Departments Internal Affairs Unit is responsible for investigating complaints of employee misconduct and violations of department rules and regulations. External complainants have the option of going to the MPD Internal Affairs Unit or any MPD supervisor with their complaint. It is the stated duty of all MPD employees to report any perceived violation of MPD regulations, rules, procedures, orders, civil service rules, city policies, city ordinances or state or federal laws committed by another MPD employee. Complaints can be directed to Internal Affairs Unit City Hall, Room 126350 South 5th Street Minneapolis, MN 55415, 612) 673-3074, Fax: (612) 373-3843