MPD press release about fatal officer-involved motorcycle wreck contradicts itself

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A Minneapolis Police Department press release addressing the circumstances of Ivan Romero's death contradicts itself in two adjacent paragraphs.

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Romero, 24, died in the intersection of West 26th Street and Blaisdell Avenue on May 10 when his motorcycle collided with a police SUV that was on the way to the Terrence Franklin standoff. Yesterday, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau announced no officers will be disciplined as a result of a state investigation into the fatal crash, which was determined to have happened as Romero skidded through the intersection out of control.

One paragraph in the MPD's press release suggests Romero had a driver's license but no motorcycle license:
The investigator reviewed the driver's license of Mr. Romero-Oliveras and determined that Mr. Romero-Oliveras did not have a motorcycle endorsement or permit which suggests that he may have been an inexperienced motorcyclist.
While the very next one states he didn't have a driver's license at all:
The MPD investigation determined that Mr. Romero-Oliveras did not have a valid driver's license of any kind.
It might not be anything more than unclear writing, but still, we figure it's worth pointing out.

A voicemail left with MPD spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington seeking clarification wasn't immediately returned.

To read the entire press release, click to page two.


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