Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time to call in the plumbers?

From the Strib:

The city of Minneapolis has hired an outside firm to investigate the leak of a draft report that detailed how police in some cases urged paramedics to sedate people with ketamine.

The St. Paul-based firm NeuVest will interview city employees to determine the extent of the breach, which will touch on all the staff members who had access to the draft report. The City Clerk’s office said state law gives it the authority to determine if the leak of the draft report has resulted in any breach of private data, which under state law could expose someone to a misdemeanor charge.

And in case you missed it: the final report on the role of the police in ketamine use was made public last week.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The stunning lack of investigation into sexual assaults in Minnesota

Yet another jaw-dropping investigation by the Star Tribune's Brandon Stahl, this time with Jennifer Bjorhus and MaryJo Webster.

A Star Tribune review of more than 1,000 sexual assault cases, filed around the state in a recent two-year period, reveals chronic errors and investigative failings by Minnesota’s largest law enforcement agencies, including those in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

In almost a quarter of the cases, records show, police never assigned an investigator.

In about one-third of them, the investigator never interviewed the victim.

In half the cases, police failed to interview potential witnesses.

Most of the cases — about 75 percent, including violent rapes by strangers — were never forwarded to prosecutors for criminal charges. Overall, fewer than one in 10 reported sexual assaults produced a conviction, records show.

Victims see it as a stark betrayal.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"Thank you for your question. I will tell you about how I published many papers that are not related to it."

You're welcome

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, sings "Thank your for listening."  (Imagine The Chairmen of the Board fronted by a tone-deaf Boris Karloff. A sample: "I do not sing what I believe/I only give them fact/ If they believe quite otherwise/It still will have impact.")

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hennepin Healthcare locks up information on ketamine studies

So much for promises of transparency. In response to my open records request for information about the ketamine studies conducted by emergency medicine physicians at Hennepin County Medical Center, I have gotten this response:

The data you have requested relates to, and has been collected and retained in connection with, ongoing internal and independent outside reviews.  It has or may also become the subject of administrative reviews by the EMSRB or other agencies. Therefore, Hennepin Healthcare has classified the data as nonpublic under Minnesota Statutes Sections 13.39 and 13.392 until the conclusion of these reviews.

Bonnie L Anderson, MBA, CISM, CISA, CHPC
Information Security and Privacy Director
Hennepin Healthcare