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Minnesota Working Group on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters

Active dates:July 22, 2019 -
Established by Attorney General Keith Ellison and DPS Commissioner John Harrington

The goal of the working group is to provide an opportunity for law enforcement, the community, and other stakeholders to discuss police-involved deadly force encounters. The working group will provide a framework to ensure all voices are heard in developing recommendations which may include state or local policy changes, updates to procedures, legislative initiatives, training, officer wellness, community healing, or recognition of best practices utilized by law enforcement agencies. The working group will solicit feedback statewide in several ways, including witness testimony, online submissions and public comment.


According to a Minnesota Public Radio news report, Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner John Harrington said "the group's aim was both to shape the official response to [shootings involving police] and offer the public a clearer picture of how they'll be handled." Attorney General Keith Ellison said "he hoped for a 'full-throated' conversation involving law enforcement and the community."

The group held public hearings on August 17, September 28, and October 17, 2019. An executive summary report with recommendations was published in February 2020. The group's website indicates that a final report is forthcoming.


Co-chairs: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.


  • Medaria Arrandondo, Minneapolis police chief
  • Clarence Castile, public representative on Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training board
  • Elizer Darris, Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Matt Gottschalk, Corcoran, Minn., director of public safety
  • Hodan Hassan, state representative (DFL, Minneapolis)
  • Bill Ingebrigtsen, state senator (R-Alexandria)
  • Mark Kappelhoff, Hennepin County District Court judge
  • Brittany Lewis, University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Brian Peters, executive director, Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association
  • Mark Rubin, St. Louis County Attorney
  • Chanda Smith Baker, Minneapolis Foundation
  • Kevin Torgerson, Olmsted County sheriff
  • Artika Tyner, University of St. Thomas law school
  • Tribal law enforcement representative to be named later
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Community analysis of the report by the Working Group on Police-Involved Deadly Force Encounters. Black Lives Matter Minnesota, et al., 2019.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 2019.
Record last updated: 05/10/2021

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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