Minnesota’s county attorneys would have to inform state lawmakers of all cases they don’t prosecute even though there’s probable cause — under an anti-crime bill backed by Senate Republicans that was hotly debated in committee Wednesday but not voted on. Alexandria Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen:
“I personally know of, about three years ago, there were 47 small-time drug dealers in Minneapolis that were arrested. 46 of them were Black, and those charges were dropped because 46 of ’em were Black.”
But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, lead prosecutor in Minnesota’s most populous county says:
“We shouldn’t charge any case that doesn’t have sufficient admissible evidence to prove, at trial, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the person committed the crime.”
Freeman contends it’s about using limited resources most effectively.