A long-anticipated report to be released today by a Minnesota contains new revelations of misconduct by the now-defunct Minneapolis Metro Gang Strike Force — including findings that officers repeatedly took home property that had been seized in investigations, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Information uncovered by the panel has been turned over to the FBI.
The mission of the panel was to make recommendations for implementing changes in Strike Force procedures. The Minnesota Legislative Auditor issued a report in May critical of the force’s operations. The misconduct cited in the report could range from inappropriate activity such as policy violations to actions that could be criminal, such as civil rights violations or other offenses. The Strike Force, created by the Legislature in 1997 to tackle illegal gang activity, has been permanently dismantled.