Today, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced it will offer technical assistance to the City of Minneapolis through its Critical Response Technical Assistance program. COPS will “use subject matter experts to thoroughly examine the entire period of protests” in late November and early December of 2015.
“It is important to note that we requested this after-action assessment, and it is not unusual for us to evaluate and reevaluate our response to a multitude of incidents. The protests presented the City with a unique and complex situation, and I feel it is important for an independent look at what transpired. This gives us a tremendous opportunity to study the event and its impacts through a variety of viewpoints; evaluating experiences through the eyes of community members, protesters, officers, and residents who live near the 4th Precinct,” Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau said.