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Star For Immediate Release
March 3, 2016

CONTACT: Mary Brandenberger

U.S. Department of Justice to conduct comprehensive after-action review of response to protests in Minneapolis following fatal shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services today announced it will offer technical assistance to the Minneapolis Police Department through its Critical Response Technical Assistance program. The COPS Office will do a comprehensive assessment of the city’s response to the protests that took place following the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November 2015. 

“An after-action review of a high-profile incident can provide lessons learned, both positive and negative, that are extremely beneficial to the more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the nation,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “It is critical that city leaders are open to examining their own actions and practices and commit to making improvements wherever possible. I applaud Minneapolis Mayor Hodges and Police Chief Harteau for their leadership for asking for this review.”

Through its Critical Response Technical Assistance program, the COPS Office will use subject matter experts to thoroughly examine the entire period of the protests, including the 18-day period of police response to protest activities and occupation in and around the 4th Precinct headquarters. The lessons learned by the city’s response to those protests can help improve how future protests are policed. 

The Critical Response Technical Assistance program was designed to provide targeted technical assistance to law enforcement agencies dealing with high-profile events, major incidents or sensitive issues of varying need. The program is being used in a number of other cities, including San Bernardino, California; Tampa, Florida; and Pasco, Washington; with work most recently completed on an after-action assessment of the police response to the August 2014 demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Ronald Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance. For additional information about COPS, please visit