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Gang database under review – Critics call for better way to identify gang members


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


The 1997 Minnesota Legislature mandated that a computerized criminal gang data system be set up to assist local law enforcement agencies statewide. The pros and cons of what became the Minnesota Criminal Gang Pointer File are now being aired in a review of the database. State lawmakers last year established the Violent Crime Coordinating Council to reevaluate whether the current Minnesota Criminal Gang Pointer File needs to be modified or scrapped altogether and replaced with a new method of identifying people involved in gangs. Mostly composed of local and regional law enforcement officials, the 19-member council held three public forums during the last three months to get input from community members. “This was the best of the three [forums],” said St. Continue Reading →

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