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I am concerned about the tactics of the drug task forces presently operating in Minnesota. Some are multi-county and some are limited to one county. I'm concerned that nobody is monitoring their tactics to ensure that they are ethical. I do question some of the tactics.


For example, drug task forces frequently use "confidential informants." Confidential informants are people who have been arrested for something like drug possession or drug selling. The person is threated with prosecution and prison unless he/she "agrees" to be a confidential informant. So a confidential information is not a willing participant.


Also, I'm concerned about the racial aspects of how all this works. It seems that many confidential informants are young white men. These young white men frequently inform on the minorities communities. So its not unusual for the drug task force to make a raid in the minority community based on information provided by a young white man.


I'm concerned about the suspicion and animosity that has developed in the minority communities against a young white man walking through. It's possible people could think he is a confidential informant. So much fear.


Also, I'm concerned that low level offenders are being targeted by the drug task force. These low level offenders (often people of color) are usually the people sent to prison for drugs. Just how useful are confidential informants are useful in revealing drug kingpins? Not very, I think. The low level offenders are the low hanging fruit. Are these the people the drug task forces focusing on? Why?


I'm also concerned (and have heard) that a confidential informant can often have a more serious criminal history than the people he is informing on. Also, he is often permitted to continue his criminal lifestyle for his cooperation. This leads to anger in the community because it looks like double standard and hypocrisy.


Is anybody supervising the tactics of the drug task forces? Are they becoming like the gang strike force that we all heard about a few years ago. Weren't there lots of lawsuits from gang strike force?


I think we need to ensure that all police work, including police investigations are done with integrity. We must not allow drug task forces to become another police debacle.

Submitted by in Sep 2013

Comments (3)

  1. If I summarize your accusations, you're saying that "the" drug task force allows high level white offenders to continue to operate so they can go after low level minority offenders?

    Which drug task force are you accusing of these deeds?
    Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics Task Force
    Brown - Lyon - Redwood Drug Task Force
    Boundary Waters Drug Task Force
    Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force
    C.E.E. VI Narcotics Task Force
    Central Minnesota MCIU
    Dakota County Drug Task Force
    Hennepin - Minneapolis Narcotics Task Force
    Lake Superior Drug Task Force
    Mahnomen County Drug Task Force
    Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force
    North Central Minnesota Drug Task Force
    Anoka-Hennepin Narcotics Task Force
    North Shore Drug Response Team
    Northwest Metro Drug Task Force
    Paul Bunyan Narcotics Task Force
    Ramsey County Drug Task Force
    South Central Minnesota Drug Task Force
    Southeast Minnesota Narcotics & Gang Task Force
    Southwest Metro Drug Task Force
    Washington County Drug Task Force
    West Central Minnesota Drug Task Force

    All of them?
    in Sep 2013
  2. lpji Idea Submitter
    I'm saying that the present system of using "confidential informants" to direct "stings" in the minority communities is not effective in catching the people who are actually importing the drugs and managing the distribution systems. They're catching low level offenders, casual users, etc. Plus they do catch a lot of minorities. Just check the statistics. Plus, I think its undeniable that many of these involuntary confidential informants are young white men that have been caught with a bit of meth or something like that. I guess they do keep their numbers up with the system so it looks good on the outside. But I think its a racket and lacks integrity.
    in Sep 2013
  3. lpji Idea Submitter
    Hmmm. Also, why are there so many drug task forces in Minnesota? That looks like something from a country - not a small state like Minnesota. Since this blog is about streamlining government why don't you streamline drug task forces too. Also, I think that the fact that there's so many drug task forces supports my contention that they going after low level offenders. Those are the most abundant. Further, how would you catch the importers and distributors when you have so many small task forces. Do they even talk to each other? Also, doesn't the distribution system cross the entire state and even the country?
    in Sep 2013