US A Black man was fatally shot by deputies in Minneapolis. Authorities say there's no bodycam video. Activists call it 'reckless.'
A 12-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl broke into a home, found weapons and opened fire at deputies, sheriff says
A central Florida children's group home says it is pausing its emergency shelter program after two children staying there allegedly broke into a nearby home and shot at responding deputies. © Sara Weisfeldt/CNN Florida United Methodist Children's Home in in Deltona, Florida The 14-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy ran away from the Florida United Methodist Children's Home in Volusia County on Tuesday, broke into a farm home less than 2 miles away, found guns inside, and used them to open fire on deputies investigating the break-in, the county sheriff's office said.
Activists in Minneapolis are calling for the U.S. Marshal for the District of Minnesota to be fired and an investigation into the fatal shooting of Winston Smith Jr., which sparked several days of protests and renewed scrutiny of the body camera policy for federal agents.
Local activists groups have demandedas head of the U.S. Marshals Service in the state and Tuesday. Dohman, a 37-year law enforcement veteran, was nominated by President Donald Trump and
"The system in this state is fundamentally flawed, and the federal oversight is also fundamentally flawed," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director for Minnesota's Council on American-Islamic Relations, at aTuesday. "We need transparency and accountability."
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The Florida group home -- and the juvenile justice system -- are now in the spotlight. The children ran away Tuesday evening and then allegedly broke into an empty house, which the homeowner said was stocked with an AK-47, a handgun, a shotgun and a large amount of ammunition, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.
Smith, a 32-year-old Black father of three, was fatally shot when officers on a U.S. Marshals Service task force tried to arrest him last week on a warrant for illegal possession of a firearm, according to a statement from the agency. Smith, who was parked in a car, "failed to comply with officers’ commands" and "produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject," the statement said.
Two sheriff's deputies — one from Hennepin County and one from Ramsey County — shot Smith, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is leading the investigation. State investigators said a handgun and spent cartridge found inside the car indicate Smith also fired his gun.
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Monique Cullars-Doty, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Minnesota, called the task force's actions "completely reckless" and said not using body cameras was "an intentional lack of transparency and an intentional lack of accountability."
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The man, ID'd by family and friends as Winston Boogie Smith, was wanted on a state warrant for illegal possession of a firearm, U.S. Marshals say.While authorities did not immediately release the man's name, family and friends identified him as Winston Boogie Smith, a 32-year-old father of three.
Why is there no body camera footage?
No video footage of the incident has been released. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said there is no squad camera footage of the shooting, and the U.S. Marshals Service does not allow body cameras for officers on this task force.
The U.S. Marshals Service said, however, that while deputy marshals do not yet wear body cameras, the Justice Department permits state, local and tribal task force officers to do so. In October, the Department of Justicefor officers serving on federal task forces.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office issued a body camera to one of the deputies involved in the shooting, but sheriff’s officials were told it could not be used while the deputy was working on task force operations, according to a department spokesperson.
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Meanwhile, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa MonacoMonday federal agents would be required to wear body cameras when executing search warrants or making pre-planned arrests. She also ordered they release the footage in a timely manner in the event of "serious bodily injury or death."
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The U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives will have 30 days to draft policies that meet the new requirements, Monaco said in a memo.
But there is still confusion about the process for local task force officers and the length of time it will take to actually allow them to be worn in the field.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said in a statement Monday that the day after Smith's death, he received an addendum from the Marshals Office that he believed would allow the use of body cameras.
Fletcher said he was later told by Dohman "it could take a while for this to get approved" and deputies were still not allowed to use body cameras.
A spokesperson at Dohman's office said she would not comment and directed all questions to the U.S. Marshals headquarters.
Monday, Fletcher barred his deputies from participating in the U.S. Marshals North Star Fugitive Task Force, the same task force involved in the Smith shooting, "until body cameras are actually authorized."
In nearby jurisdictions, Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart and Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson followed suit andwith the task force.
Other local police departments have previously refused to join task forces altogether because of the body camera issue.
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The Minneapolis Police department does not participate in any task forces where officers are not allowed to use their body cameras, spokesman John Elder said.
St. Paul police officers stopped participating in the fugitive task force in 2019 because police chief Todd Axtell was unwilling to "give up that necessary tool of transparency."
Body cameras are supposed to enable the public to see what happened when someone is killed by policebecause police departments often get to decide what the public sees and when, experts told USA TODAY.
For those who "thought body-worn cameras were to catch bad officers and prove bad conduct, I think they have been largely disappointed," said Scott Greenwood, a prominent constitutional rights attorney.
Although Marshals and task force members are more likely to use their guns, they are harder to hold accountable than average cops if something goes wrong, anfound.
Local district attorneys don’t have the legal power to prosecute federal agents, including police officers serving as task force members, and the Justice Department can shield them from litigation.
Teddy Tschann, a spokesman for Gov. Tim Walz, told thethat the governor's office reached out to the White House and the Department of Justice about Smith's death "and has been pushing the federal government to provide Minnesotans with as much information as possible."
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Contributing: Christine Fernando, Tami Abdollah and Uriel J. Garcia, USA TODAY; Simone Weichselbaum and Sachi McClendon, The Marshall Project; The Associated Press
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