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OSN Team Events
The activities of each OSN team mentioned are not clear –Institutions participating in OSN In response to our request for clarification, saying “mutual aid” and “joint responses” are commonplace, and that cooperative responses to officers’ trials outside of the George Floyd murder did occur. “As with any incident that may span multiple agencies or government entities, affected groups meet to discuss how best to work together to ensure public safety,” the Minneapolis Police Department said in an email. Relationships and efforts continue. OSN is no longer running.”
However, multiple email chains we examined in October included meetings of “OSN Communications”, “OSN Executive Team” and “OSN Intel Team”, which were related to preparations for possible appearances during the trial of Daunte’s officer Kim Potter. The protests are about Wright and the trial of three officers, other than Chauvin, accused of crimes related to the murder of George Floyd. (Potter was convicted of manslaughter and Sentenced last month; The three police officers involved in Floyd’s murder are Convicted in federal court last month and is awaiting a verdict. ) in an executive team meeting email, the agenda refers to the ongoing program as “OSN 2.0.” Bruce Gordon, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said any such mentions were “informal” and that “OSN 2.0 never existed and does not exist now.”
In the Intelligence Team, shared files used to pass information between law enforcement agencies continued to be added and updated in October, the latest period covered by our records request. The group holds regular meetings, according to emails from 12 people, including two from the FBI. In response to MIT Technology Review’s request for comment, FBI public affairs officer Cynthia Barrington said the bureau’s activities have expanded to share information “through state and regional integration centers.” Barrington also acknowledged that the bureau was involved in preparations for protests sparked by trials other than Chauvin. “This was the case in the run-up to the state trial involving former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, and in the lead-up to the follow-up court activity surrounding the recent high-profile state and federal indictments.”
“The name ‘Intel Team’ is an email group of local, state and federal agencies responsible for law enforcement during OSN,” Gordon said. “These agencies were involved in other event planning, and the same set of emails may have been used for other unrelated planning efforts. All agencies involved have ongoing responsibilities related to public safety, and it doesn’t end when OSN ends.”
The “porosity” of collaborative law enforcement practices creates “opportunities for all these loopholes and opportunities to evade public scrutiny and scrutiny,” said Munira Mohamed, a policy assistant at the ACLU of Minnesota. Mohamed said the ongoing nature of OSN activity is a “story of mission creep” and that “the history of surveillance and these law enforcement agencies is that once the infrastructure for something is established, it’s going to go up, it’s going to go on and on. , and it becomes a permanent infrastructure.”
While it is unclear to what extent the ongoing nature of the program is formal, many of the team, operational and communication structures established for OSN remain in place today and are used in response to the protests. A spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department told MIT Technology Review in an email that the agency had “resumed normal operations at the end of the OSN, effective Friday, April 23.” The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department declined our request for comment.