St. Paul’s mayor responded Wednesday to the mother of a man fatally shot by St. Paul officers last week, saying he would support any decision by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to share video and audio evidence with her, but stressing he “cannot interfere with the investigation.”
Also on Wednesday, people who said they were looking for answers about what happened to Cordale Handy protested before the St. Paul City Council. The council halted its regular meeting and three of the six council members present left the room to continue a business awards program that had already started.
Handy’s mother, Kim Handy, had sent a letter to Mayor Chris Coleman on Tuesday, asking him to arrange for her and family to privately view videos of the incident.
“As you state, it is critically important that there is a full, independent and transparent investigation of your son’s death,” Coleman wrote in reply.
Last year, St. Paul adopted a policy of asking outside law enforcement agencies to investigate fatal officer-involved shootings, which the department described as an effort to be more transparent and in response to community concerns. The BCA is investigating the Handy case.
“I am unable to arrange for you to review the evidence unless the BCA deems it appropriate,” Coleman continued in his letter to Kim Handy.
A Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman said Tuesday that “any evidence collected for this investigation is currently confidential under Minnesota law and, as such, cannot be shared at this time.” He said the BCA could arrange for Handy’s family to view video when the investigation is complete, before it is released publicly.
Protesters briefly took over the scheduled city council meeting Wednesday afternoon. Council Members Russ Stark, Dai Thao and Jane Prince explained that they had no authority in the state-led investigation, but protesters frequently shouted them down and said the…