Eyewitness Identification Reform in Minnesota
In 2020, Minnesota enacted a statute directing the Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) to develop a model policy based on best practices for eyewitness identification procedures in live and photo lineups. The law requires the model policy to, at minimum, include: blind/blinded administration, witness instructions, proper use of fillers and witness confidence statements.
By February 1, 2021, all law enforcement agencies shall adopt and implement written policies on eyewitness identification procedures that are identical or substantially similar to the POST model policy. Effective: 2020.