NEW: A Ramsey County judge has suspended Minnesota’s new law that changed the standard for peace officers when defending use of deadly force. The old law is reinstated until the lawsuit can be fully resolved.
Judge Leonardo Castro says the police groups who sued have both standing and reason to sue now.
“Plaintiffs need not wait for one of its members to be charged with a homicide crime before the question of the constitutionality of the provision plaintiffs challenged is answered.”
The judge says he will fast track further proceedings in the case and hold a hearing within two months.

He says after that he will reach a determination on if the law is unconstitutional and if so what to do about it to have some standard in place.
Some background on the law and the legal dispute is in this story from the Aug. 30 arguments before Judge Castro.…

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