Investigation on use of ketamine by Minneapolis public safety

Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates will investigate Minneapolis police asking paramedics on scene to sedate people with ketamine

Star Tribune
By Andy Mannix

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates will lead an independent investigation into whether Minneapolis police officers crossed a line and urged paramedics to inject members of the public with ketamine, a powerful sedative.

"The people of Minneapolis have spoken and we've heard their message loud and clear, which is, we need to get to the bottom of what happened and we need to do it in a transparent and accountable way completely free from any interference from officials in the city," Mayor Jacob Frey said Friday.

Yates was the Justice Department's second-in-command at the end of the Obama administration and acting attorney general under President Donald Trump until he fired her for refusing to defend the travel ban executive order in late January 2017. Last month, she announced she was returning to her old law firm to help conduct investigations.

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