The (Red) Star-Tribune is not my favorite newspaper, but credit where credit is due. See this expose (H/T Jim Peet) of the effort, or lack thereof, put into investigating sexual assault in Minnesota. Lots of effort put into traffic enforcement, but prosecution of rape, not so much. Apparently even basic DNA profiling sometimes is omitted, despite the DNA being readily available.
I get a lot of why this is, too. I'd bet it's pretty traumatic to deal with such crimes, and the article also makes clear that a lot of these cases are hard to win. That said, I'd have hoped there would be reasonable effort made to deal with such life-changing crimes, and at least to a degree, that hope appears to be dashed. It's time to take some guys off traffic patrol and have them investigate real crimes like these, and I for one would be glad to pay a little more in taxes for that. Well done, Star-Tribune.
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