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HF 627

1st Engrossment - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 05/12/2020 03:13pm

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underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Introduction Posted on 01/31/2019
1st Engrossment Posted on 05/04/2020

Current Version - 1st Engrossment

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; requiring law enforcement policies on best practices for
eyewitness identifications; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes,
chapter 626.


Section 1.

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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Statewide model policy required. new text end

new text begin By November 1, 2020, the board, in
consultation with stakeholders, shall develop a model policy that articulates best practices
in eyewitness identification and promotes uniform practices statewide. The board shall
distribute this model policy to all chief law enforcement officers. At a minimum, the policy
must require that:
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new text begin (1) a person administering a live or photographic lineup be unaware of the suspect's
identity, or if that is not practical, the administrator use a photographic lineup that prevents
the administrator from seeing which member of the photographic lineup is being viewed
by the eyewitness at a given time;
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new text begin (2) before the procedure, the eyewitness be instructed that the perpetrator may or may
not be in the lineup;
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new text begin (3) nonsuspect "fillers" used in the lineup be substantially similar to the eyewitness'
description of the perpetrator; and
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new text begin (4) immediately after an identification is made, the eyewitness provide a statement in
the eyewitness' own words that articulates the level of the eyewitness' confidence in the
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Agency policies required. new text end

new text begin By February 1, 2021, the chief law enforcement
officers of every state and local law enforcement agency shall adopt and implement a written
policy on eyewitness identification practices that is identical to or substantially similar to
the model policy developed under subdivision 1.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Admissibility of evidence not impacted. new text end

new text begin Nothing in this section is intended
to preclude the admissibility of any relevant evidence or to affect the standards governing
the admissibility of evidence under the United States or Minnesota Constitution.
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