Report criticizes how Mpls disciplines police officers

A report from the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority released Thursday is critical of how police leadership disciplines officers.

The report focuses on the number of civilian complaints filed against Minneapolis police officers during the third quarter of this year.

Chief Tim Dolan made disciplinary decisions in six cases which involved sustained complaints against a total of 11 officers. In a few cases, Dolan decided not to punish officers because the complaint was "too old."

Review authority officials criticized that justification, saying it essentially made the investigation process a waste of city resources.

However, Dolan did fire an officer for kicking a minor in the head while the youth was restrained by other officers. City officials would not confirm that the officer at the center of the complaint was Jason Andersen.

A jury ruled this week that the former Minneapolis officer did not use unreasonable force when he kicked a young man in the head in 2008.

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