Star Tribune's Brandon Stahl feels validated by task force report on sexual assault investigation

'They're coming together to say, yes, there’s something systemically, severely wrong here that needs to be fixed.'

Paul and Jordana
November 28, 2018 - 6:40 pm

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson created a task force to assess the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. That task force concluded that the state suffers from “systemic and complex” shortcomings.

Star Tribune reporter Brandon Stahl has been part of the Star Tribune’s reporting on this topic and joined Paul and Jordana on WCCO Radio to discuss the task force findings.

“I think that the Attorney General’s task force findings yesterday kind of validated our reporting,” said Stahl, “It wasn’t just the Star Tribune saying this. This is now a task force formed by the Attorney General comprised of police officers, medical experts, former Minneapolis City Council President Barb Johnson, and victim advocates. They’re coming together to say, yes, there’s something systemically, severely wrong here that needs to be fixed.”

This report is just a first step. The next step is up to the folks in St. Paul.

“This report really is being prepared for the legislature when it starts in its January session,” Stahl said, “The task force is now going to come up with several recommendations for the legislature to consider when they convene in January.”

s the legislature is going to have plenty of options to consider.

“Do we create an oversight board here? Do we need to require more testing of kits? Do we need to have more funding for training?”

In the meantime the Star Tribune plans to continue its coverage which coincides with the podcast series Jordana Green hosts on WCCOradio.com.

“We have three more stories coming before the end of the year,” said Stahl, “two in the next week and a half or so.”

Hear the entire interview with Paul and Jordana: