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A day after the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) said members of the North Star Fugitive Task Force – who were involved in the fatal shooting of Winston Boogie Smith in Minneapolis – are banned from wearing body cameras, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issued a fix .
The BCA’s press release released on Friday stated, “The US Marshal Service does not currently allow the use of body cameras for officers serving on its North Star Fugitive Task Force. There are no camera recordings of the incident. “
In a correction released on Saturday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Minnesota District announced that the Federal Department of Justice began allowing task force officers to wear body cameras in October 2020, in addition to the U.S. Marshals Service, which is beginning to gradually introduce the use of body cameras in February 2021.
The gradual introduction of body cameras “will continue to be implemented in the District of Minnesota,” the press release said.
Smith, 32, of St. Paul, died of multiple gunshot wounds when task force members opened fire on him on the top level of a parking ramp at 1405 West Lake Street in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis.
The BCA said that task force members attempted to arrest Smith for a firearms crime when “at one point a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy and Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy who served on the task force took their weapons discharged ”.
Smith died at 2:11 p.m. Thursday, according to the Hennepin County coroner.
The BCA says “evidence at the scene suggests” that Smith “fired his weapon from inside the vehicle,” adding that investigators “found a handgun and spent shell casings from the driver’s cab.”
As the BCA continues its investigation, no further information has been released.
Note: The details in this story are based on the latest version of police events and are subject to change.