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HF 381

as introduced - 84th Legislature (2005 - 2006) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 01/24/2005

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to crimes; prohibiting falsely reporting
police misconduct; providing penalties; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 609.505.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 609.505, is
amended to read:


609.505 FALSELY REPORTING CRIME.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin False reporting. new text end

Whoever informs a law
enforcement officer that a crime has been committed new text beginor otherwise
provides false information to an on-duty peace officer regarding
the conduct of others
new text end, knowing that it is false and intending
that the officer shall act in reliance upon it, is guilty of a
misdemeanor. A person who is convicted a second or subsequent
time under this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Reporting police misconduct. new text end

new text begin (a) Whoever
informs, or causes information to be communicated to, a public
official, as defined in section 609.415, subdivision 1, or an
employee thereof, whose responsibilities include investigating
or reporting police misconduct, that a peace officer, as defined
in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), has committed
an act of police misconduct, knowing that the information is
false, is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as follows:
new text end

new text begin (1) up to the maximum provided for a misdemeanor if the
false information does not allege a criminal act; or
new text end

new text begin (2) up to the maximum provided for a gross misdemeanor if
the false information alleges a criminal act.
new text end

new text begin (b) The court shall order any person convicted of a
violation of this subdivision to make full restitution of all
reasonable expenses incurred in the investigation of the false
allegation unless the court makes a specific written finding
that restitution would be inappropriate under the circumstances.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
new text end

new text begin Section 1 is effective August 1, 2005, and applies to
crimes committed on or after that date.
new text end