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Report: Minneapolis cops urged EMS to sedate subjects

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A city report shows Minneapolis police officers have repeatedly requested that Hennepin County medical responders sedate people with ketamine, a tranquilizer known as the "date rape drug."

The report obtained by the Star Tribune says in multiple instances, the ketamine caused heart or breathing failure and suspects had to be revived. The report says the injections sometimes happened when suspects were restrained.

The investigation by the Office of Police Conduct Review found the number of documented ketamine injections during Minneapolis police calls increased from three in 2012 to 62 last year.

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo says the report changed his department's approach. As the report was being completed last month, Cmdr. Todd Sauvageau issued a departmental order saying sedation decisions need to be made by EMS personnel, not officers.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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