In the riots that broke out in the summer of 2020, the Minneapolis Police Division destroyed documents George Freud, Has been announced.
Officials from the Second Division of Northeast Minneapolis destroyed a batch of documents, including inactive case files, search warrants, and confidential informant records. The third branch headquarters was occupied by protesters and burned down On the other side of the city, Star Tribune Report.
Police Officer Logan Johansson wrote in a memo that he and other investigators of the Second Precinct decided to destroy these documents shortly after May 28, 2020 to ensure that sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands.
This is a “direct response” Abandon the third police station in Minneapolis Leaded by the city,” Johnson wrote.
The second branch was not the target of the protesters, but the decision to destroy the documents has now led public defender Elizabeth Karp to ask the judge to dismiss the case against her client Walter Ball.
According to the newspaper, the police issued a knock-free search warrant on Bauer’s rental house on April 28 and found nearly 3,000 doses of oxycodone and other drugs. Bauer was later charged with first-degree drug trafficking, which was a felony.
But in court documents, Karp said that the police had destroyed evidence vital to her client’s defense.
Karp argued that because “most, if not all of the facts” of the Bauer home search were destroyed, he has no way of knowing how the search warrant was obtained or whether the search was carried out legally.
“The main check for violations of the Fourth Amendment is the defendant’s right to question illegal searches,” Karp wrote. “If the country is only allowed to destroy evidence, then such a guarantee is meaningless.”
Karp also asked Judge Todd Fellman to issue an order prohibiting the police from destroying or misplacing any further evidence related to Bauer’s case. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for July 27th.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said an internal investigation is underway to determine what happened to the second branch.
“We are conducting an internal investigation to understand what happened at the second branch, how the decision was made, and whether there were broader issues with the files, records, or documents stored in our facilities during the riots,” Elder told The newspaper. “Any disciplinary decision will be made through normal procedures after the investigation.”
Karp, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, and the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s office have been contacted for comments.