Minneapolis Police Department to transfer investigation into Cedar-Riverside Caucus to Saint Paul Police Department
February 21, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minneapolis Police Department will be transferring the investigation of the February 4th Cedar-Riverside DFL Caucus at the Brian Coyle Center to the Saint Paul Police Department. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges asked Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau if she could transfer the investigation to the Saint Paul Police Department to avoid any perception of potential conflict of interest and to ensure transparency and impartiality.
“Over the past few weeks, I have been disturbed by the allegations of violence and intimidation that happened at the Cedar-Riverside caucus,” said Mayor Hodges. “I asked Police Chief Harteau if she could transfer the independent investigation to avoid any perception of a potential conflict of interest. In this unusual situation, when elections and politics are involved, it is in the public interest to ensure there is an absolute level of transparency and fairness to not just those involved, but to the entire City and State. It is imperative to all that we make sure there is not an ounce of question about the impartiality of this investigation.”
“I have the utmost confidence in my police department and their handling of the case thus far. Due to the unique circumstances presented in this case, our partners in Saint Paul will now oversee this independent investigation,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau. “I want to thank Saint Paul Police Chief Tom Smith for his assistance.”
Published Feb 21, 2014