1990-1997: Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA)
On January 26, 1990, an ordinance created Minneapolis’ first civilian oversight body, the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority (CRA), and the first administrative rules were created (see: Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority Administrative Rules). The CRA was composed of a board of seven Directors, and the office consisted of an Executive Director, Investigators, and Administrative Staff. The purpose of the CRA was to receive, consider, investigate, and make a determination on complaints in an independent, impartial, and prompt manner.
The CRA complaint process is formal with many steps. The complainant first must contact the office and meet with the investigator. Shortly thereafter, the complainant will receive a complaint in the mail requesting his or her signature. Then, the investigator will do any additional investigation. The complaint then is sent to the Executive Director for a finding on the merits called a statement of probable cause. Afterward, the complaint was presented to the CRA panel for hearing if a probable cause determination is sustained. All sustained complaints we referred to the chief for discipline (see: CRA 1992 Status Report).
For more information:
- 1989 Model for Civilian Review of Police Conduct in Minneapolis
- 1994 CRA Annual Report
- 1995 CRA Annual Report
- 1996 CRA Annual Report
Last updated Feb 10, 2017