A recent racial discrimation lawsuit settled by the city of Minneapolis, which paid $740,000 to five black police officers, prompted the Star Tribune to look into the inner-workings of the Minneapolis police department. In late 2006, FBI agents began to investigate local cops for corruption. The federal authorities relied on information provided by an informant who was a long-time drug dealer in the Twin Cities. The informant agreed to cooperate with federal authorities in order to lessen a 20-year mandatory sentence that he was facing for drug trafficking.
But, as Star Tribune reporters Tony Kennedy and Paul McEnroe uncover in the four-part series, relying on the word of a gang leader and drug dealer doesn’t lead to neat conclusions. KFAI News Director Ahndi Fridell spoke to reporter Paul McEnroe.
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