Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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).

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Last updated Feb 10, 2017



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