Today the Minnesota County Attorneys Association (MCAA) met at a special Board meeting and voted to support transferring original prosecutorial jurisdiction in officer-involved death cases to the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.
Aaron Jordan, Stevens County Attorney and MCAA President said, “Our entire Association extends our heartfelt sympathy to George Floyd's family and to the collective community that mourns his loss and advocates for honest dialog and real and immediate change in his name".
MCAA also asked the Legislature to support additional funding to the Attorney General's Office to enable them to secure the best and brightest trial lawyers to handle these critical cases.
MCAA further supported legislation that would authorize the Attorney General to request the assistance of local prosecutors to aid in these cases if needed.
Finally, MCAA supported the designation and financial support of a special investigative unit within the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) to independently investigate these cases in all situations, unless the officer involved is a BCA agent.
All of these actions were taken in response to the deepening mistrust in our criminal justice system following the death of George Floyd. Bob Small, MCAA Executive Director added, “This was a preventable tragedy and an affront to justice everywhere. MCAA acknowledges that justice demands our organization rise to this important moment and stand for criminal justice reform that improves transparency, accountability and community trust."
A complete copy of MCAA's Statement on Prosecution of Officer-Involved Death Cases which was adopted today is attached.
Questions should be directed to MCAA Executive Director Bob Small at 651-289-8450.