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Mr. Michael Jay Friedman

Wrong Michael Jay Friedman?

Executive Director

Legal Rights Center , Inc.
1611 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
United States

Company Description: The Legal Rights Center ( is a non-profit organization founded in 1970 that provides free criminal defense, social referral...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority


  • undergraduate degree
    University of Maryland
  • Master , Business Administration
    University of Maryland
  • Masters Degree , Physical Therapy
    Shenandoah University
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Web References
Our Staff & Board - Legal Rights Center, 30 Oct 2014 [cached]
Michael Friedman, Executive Director
Michael Friedman ..., 13 Jan 2008 [cached]
Michael Friedman Regional Rehabilitation Director Mr. Friedman completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland.He received a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.Michael has a diverse clinical background of acute care, outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine and geriatrics.Additionally, he has specialized in providing comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation services within retirement communities.Michael has been involved in the development and production of clinical education, and his clinical interests include: geriatric orthopedics, balance and fall prevention, and wellness programming.He joined Five Star Quality Care's Rehabilitation Management team in 2004.
Michael Friedman: Let there be ..., 5 Nov 2009 [cached]
Michael Friedman: Let there be no tolerance for cops who lie
False reports, false arrests: Extremely damaging -- and too often ignored.
Michael Friedman is executive director of the Legal Rights Center and is the former chairman of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority.
Michael Friedman: Let there be no tolerance for cops who lie
City Pages - The Blotter - Minneapolis Archives, 19 Dec 2004 [cached]
Michael Friedman, who heads the citizen group that invesitigates cop complaints, will stay on the board
Since he took over as chair of the Civilian Review Authority more than two years ago, Michael Friedman has been stuck in one of the most unenviable tasks in Minneapolis city politics: Establishing the civilian board as a place where complaints against alleged police misconduct are taken seriously.
Increasingly, Friedman has found himself pushing against an indifferent city council, mayor and police chief.The CRA hasn't had a stellar track record in investigating or sustaining complaints, but Friedman has been unwavering in his belief that such a board is needed, if for no other reason than to give citizens somewhere outside of City Hall to go when they feel they've been wronged by the cops.
True to his character, Friedman's stepping down to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest.
That was borne out in two pieces that were published in yesterday's edition of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and by a City Pages interview earlier this morning with civilian review authority board chair Michael Friedman.
A second Spokesman-Recorder article was authored by Friedman, who was appointed two years ago to chair the CRA board.Under his leadership, the CRA has regained some credibility for taking an active interest in civilian complaints against the MPD.Friedman's article notes that during his tenure, the CRA has sent numerous letters to the MPD brass "detailing training or policy matters that need to be looked into," and summarizes the gist of those concerns in eight bullet points.One deals with "officers not understanding what behavior constitutes Disorderly Conduct against a police officer as determined by Minnesota courts."Another wonders about "Police reports regarding use of force that are inconsistent with documented injury."Still others relate to the use of tasers, domestic abuse complaints, and the racial tension that might arise for arresting someone for spitting on the sidewalk."
"Unfortunately," Friedman writes, "the MPD has chosen not to provide any feedback to CRA on any of the issues raised."
In an interview with City Pages this morning, Friedman says that he had attended yesterday's public safety committee meeting at City Hall, where citizens objected to Arradondo's removal and the general state of police-community relations."What was most striking to me was that some of the things the community members were saying echoed my own experience with the CRA," he says."There seems to be an aversion within the police department for accepting anybody's input on anything, at least as far as management is concerned.We aren't claiming to have expertise, but when we see problems leading to citizen dissatisfaction it is our role to bring that to the police and promote a dialogue.But there is such a denial from the police administration that the CRA is legitimate, that it is like a political stone wall.
"Chief McManus designated [deputy chief] Don Harris as being the only one to deal with us, and Harris doesn't respond to us," Friedman continues.
Externality and the Data Practices Act: Addressing Obstacles to Police Accountability - Features/Substantive Law - The Hennepin Lawyer - The Hennepin Lawyer, 17 July 2006 [cached]
Michael Friedman
Michael Friedman, Contributing Author. Mr. Friedman is executive director of the Legal Rights Center and former chair and current member of the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority. Organizations are listed for identification purposes only; the views expressed are his own.
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