Today the StarTribune featured an article on how unscientific lineup procedures have led to problematic eyewitness identifications in Minnesota. Nationally, eyewitness misidentification is the leading contributor to wrongful convictions proven with DNA. A set of best practices proven to enhance the accuracy of identifications has been uniformly adopted in 19 states and by federal law enforcement agencies.
Minnesota, however, is lagging behind. A recent survey conducted by the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association found that 60 percent of departments did not have written policies, and that there was uneven implementation of key lineup procedures. The Innocence Project of Minnesota has been advocating for statewide adoption of eyewitness identitication best practices by all state law enforcement agencies in an effort to prevent eyewitness misidentifications and ensure that law enforcement has the best possible evidence to convict the real perpetrators and keep the public safe.
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