Dayton calls Chief Harteau's move regarding cop shooting cases "extremely inappropriate"

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Dayton and Harteau aren't on the same page regarding which agency should investigate MPD officer-involved shootings.
In the wake of the Terrence Franklin controversy, Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janeé Harteau announced yesterday that the MPD will no longer investigate its own officer-involved shooting cases. Those cases will now be handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, she said.

SEE ALSO: MPD Chief Janeé Harteau marries longtime same-sex partner [PHOTO]

But apparently the state's top official didn't get the memo. Because hours after Harteau announced the move, Governor Dayton's spokesperson characterized Harteau's decision as "extremely inappropriate."

"The Minneapolis Chief of Police unilaterally announced this proposed arrangement without first notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety, Governor Dayton, or the Governor's Chief of Staff -- a course of action that the Governor considers extremely inappropriate," Dayton spox Matt Swenson said in an email to the Star Tribune. "Given this turn of events, and until all parties reach agreement on this matter, the arrangement announced by the Minneapolis Chief of Police is inoperative."

But in a conversation with Fox 9's Tom Lyden, MPD spokesperson Cyndi Barrington said Harteau is "perplexed by the governor's reaction" because the MPD and BCA have been discussing the move for months.

The Dayton-Harteau kerfuffle comes a couple of months after Harteau publicly took issue with then-mayoral candidate Betsy Hodges for saying Harteau supported a proposal to put body cameras on Minneapolis cops. Harteau, however, said she was "very frustrated" by Hodges's comments because the proposal "was premature." (Funding for cop body cams was ultimately approved by the Minneapolis City Council earlier this month.)

Can't we all just communicate a bit better?

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Christine Brown
Christine Brown

intentionally taking comments out of context for hype is even worse journalism than i have come to expect from CP.

SosMpls
SosMpls

The main purpose of public unions these days is to keep bad employees in their jobs, and provide funding for Democrat political candidates. Dayton is just covering his a&& for his next election. 

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Dayton didn't say anything until a call from the police union to his office came in. Then it became an issue. Weak.

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

I think his actions have shown how much he is a shill for the unions. The concept of a union is a good thing, but the bureaucracy can be a major detriment to how our society progresses at times. 

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

exactly..then all the preachers and wanna bes cant bitch

Dana Froehlig
Dana Froehlig

They are doing a poor job policing their own... Outside oversight improves accountability...

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

Making millions off tax payer money for the vikes stadium is inappropriate.

renogruber
renogruber

I'm sorry, i'm just really distracted by her teeth.  What's happening now?

stephansonprop
stephansonprop

Now they won't cover up their own crimes they will ALL cover up each others crimes   you know the big blue wall or curtin we always hear about.

laxx1559
laxx1559

I fully support having cops wear cameras.  We as taxpayers have been losing MILLIONS of dollars because of lawsuits due to police wrong-doing.  The people should be outraged! If you're not up in arms about the people being beaten, shot, and harassed- you should at least be angry about your money being spent on misconduct.   There should totally be an INDEPENDENT agency conducting investigations of police misconduct, and cop-related shootings.

Rick Ehman
Rick Ehman

Why is he constantly kissing the asses of the MPD? I remember being at the DFL caucus in Duluth when he stepped up to the podium and announced that he was not going to participate in the democratic process and was going to run for office, regardless of the unified party voice. Big surprise that he still doesn't want to play by the rules.

Matt Touchette
Matt Touchette

I think the email was taken out of context by City Pages. I believe Dayton's spokesperson was saying that the fact that Harteau didn't run the idea past (& get approval from) Dayton, his Chief of Staff, or the Commissioner of Public Safety, was "extremely inappropriate". Not the fact that Harteau wants the BCA to investigate MPD shootings.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Harteau is part Native American, i doubt she really goes tanning or spray tanning

Mike McLean
Mike McLean

In a fist fight, my money's on the Chief

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

Wow Dayton. Not sure why it's inappropriate for another agency to investigate these cases, to me, as a citizen, I'm glad they will. Hopefully there will be more accurate investigations

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

lets leave police decisions up to her

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

I think the MPD should absolutely not investigate themselves.  Fair or not, the general public perception is that they investigate themselves, stonewall any outside inquiries, and then release a report exonerating their own and claiming that "Proper Procedures Were Followed."  As citizens, that sort of thing insults our intelligence and damages trust.  We don't care what the police procedures are.  Usually we want somebody to not have been shot or had the snot kicked out of them.  And most of us are grown-up enough to know the citizen on the wrong end of MPD probably did something to get into that situation; we just don't like how the situation played out and want some answers.  A lot of us don't trust MPD to give us those answers.


So Harteau is trying to do the right thing here, I think.  She must have felt very uncomfortable dealing with the Terrence Franklin business.  MPD's self-exoneration in that case was simply lame and condescending, whether or not it was accurate.  If it's police policy to corner a guy in a basement and go in after him with dogs and a machine-pistol, and then come out with the cops shot with their own gun and the suspect shot multiple times in the head and back, well, those procedures might stand a little examination, no?

She's certainly crossed somebody in St. Paul, however.  I think there's more to this story and I'd like to know what it is.

Dave2
Dave2

 Finally get a MPD Police chief with the stones to buck the Police Union and Dayton KO's the move; are his feelings just hurt or is there more going on?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

COPS NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN GO-PROS...just like the rest of their equip



and Dayton has no idea what inappropriate 

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@digitalprotocol I like the idea of having the cops buy their own professional liability insurance, just like everyone else has to.  The vast majority of cops would never have to use their insurance, as I've never had to us mine.  But an insurance company wouldn't stand for the cowboy antics that get swept under the rug by the city.

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