Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board recently presented changes to policy governing police and sheriff’s departments for review by the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Two and a half years after Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and eighteen months after Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison, limited structural reforms are finally being considered.
As reported in the Minnesota Reformer by Deena Winter, these policy changes were first proposed in April 2022. Since then, over 1600 public comments have been received by the POST Board. Several issues are at hand: disclosure of behavior and policy violations by officers, rules concerning affiliation with extremist organizations, and an increase in the POST board’s power to remove cops for misconduct, even if not convicted. More on this story here.