Tim Miller

(Willmar MN-) The final Public Safety Bill that was approved during the recently completed special session of the Minnesota Legislature contained very few of the police reforms sought by activists. At the same time, the state is being sued because of some of the reforms pertaining to lethal force passed by the legislature last year. The new law compels officers who shoot someone to make a statement on why he or she felt threatened enough to discharge their weapon. The plaintiffs say that takes away an officer's constitutional right to remain silent. Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt says that is an example of some of the reform legislation was was quickly passed last year without a lot of deliberation or input...

...Felt was glad to learn the legislature did not take away qualified immunity from police officers, which protects them from being sued if they harm someone while in the lawful performance of their duties...

...Representative Tim Miller helped put together this year's public safety bill. He says there were some reforms including tightening up when no knock warrants could be used, but he says there will be more time to deal with these issues next year...

...Miller says he would like to see mandatory binding arbitration used during police discipline cases.