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The latest official details from the Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday's mass shooting differed sharply from initial police accounts and raised questions about security measures at the elementary school and the response of law enforcement.
A crew installing a rock wall near Clearwater Lake in rural Annandale alerted law enforcement after discovering a human skull. The FBI is investigating.
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights also found that Minneapolis police officers used covert social media accounts to monitor Black individuals and organizations, including political figures, for purposes unrelated to criminal activity. Human rights officials launched their investigation on June 1, 2020, just days after police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Plaintiffs asked for review after an appellate panel reversed an initial victory in district court earlier this year.

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The Elk River man went into a coma and went into kidney failure after being injected with ketamine while struggling with police, according to the complaint filed in Minnesota U.S. District Court.
The suspect, who police said was a 53-year-old man from Roseville, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The officer remained hospitalized as of early Wednesday.
Court records remain confidential, as the suspect is only 15 years old.
Chad McGinty, a former law enforcement officer who worked on the review, described a breakdown of "critical" communication among government agencies during the unrest that left first responders with "limited" guidance as they fielded calls during the chaos and resulted in an inconsistent police show of force.
A Tuesday hearing for a bill aimed at attracting new officers to relieve shortages was canceled after apparent disagreement among DFL lawmakers.
The legislation emphasizes attracting and retaining community-oriented law officers of “good moral character” and those who are underrepresented in the profession. Bill author House Majority leader Ryan Winkler, DFL-Golden Valley, said the bill was developed with the input of the state police chiefs and sheriffs associations.

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The settlement stems from a lawsuit the ACLU and several journalists filed against the patrol following racial justice protests in Minneapolis in 2020 and 2021.
While police reform activists testifying Friday, Feb. 4, at the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Committee expressed overall support for the DFL’s public safety bill, they told representatives that a week is too long of a wait for grieving families.
The training, which the department calls “response to resistance and aggression,” represents a major shift from what St. Paul was teaching its officers before 2015. Inspired by Brazilian jiu-jitsu, it teaches officers working in pairs to use leverage instead of strength, enabling smaller officers to take larger people into custody. The techniques are intended for encounters that don’t involve a suspect carrying a gun or other weapon.

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