Michelle Gross has been a police accountability activist for 40 years, but she’s never seen the kind of intensity that exploded around the death of George Floyd.
In a letter to the agency, state Sen. Karin Housley said the Senate’s Family Care and Aging Committee, which Housley chairs, has tried to learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health about the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s long-term care facilities, to little avail.
The board is modeled on the National Transportation Safety Board, which was created in 1967 to review civil transportation accidents.
The investigation will seek to determine if MPD policies or training lead to race-based discrimination. If so, the state can require changes, enforceable through the courts.
A look at what we learned from Ellison’s remarks about the case, and from Gov. Tim Walz, who spoke to reporters after the charges against the officers became public.
A group of DFL lawmakers are now calling for the special session to focus on police reform, helping black communities and funding recovery projects for Minneapolis businesses.
Even as coronavirus continues to ravage those living in long-term care facilities in Minnesota, the Department of Health has refused to reveal the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at each facility.
Lewis is looking to challenge Sen. Tina Smith in the general election in November.
And why the prosecutions stemming from the death of George Floyd may be different.
Among other things, Gov. Tim Walz thinks the three other former Minneapolis Police officers involved in the Floyd case should also be charged with crimes. And that he appreciated a call from Jay-Z.
Walz said he now believes that much of the violence is being fanned by well-organized groups trained in urban warfare, while his public safety commissioner says there’s evidence that right-wing extremists and white supremacists have organized efforts to foster unrest.
Led by Attorney General Keith Ellison, the task force offered an extensive set of recommendations for how to prevent law enforcement from using deadly force on civilians — and how best to respond when police do kill people.
“This is not going to be an easy journey,” the Minnesota governor said at a Friday morning news conference. “But the one thing we have to assure is that civil order is maintained so those changes we want to see” can happen. “None of us want to live in a society where roving bands go unchecked and do what they want to do, to ruin property.”
The death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis Police has set off days of protests, a state of emergency, and the callout of the Minnesota National Guard. Here, a chronological look at what’s transpired since Floyd’s encounter with the MPD Monday evening.
Plus: Rep. Dean Phillips has two pieces of legislation on the House floor; Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at the DFL Convention this weekend; and more.
Sens. Michelle Benson of Ham Lake, Jim Abeler of Anoka and Mary Kiffmeyer of Big Lake said they had heard the system was meant to foster contact tracing — to collect the names of diners to use in case of a coronavirus exposure.
Though landlords and housing advocates continue to fear ‘train wreck’ for tenants without rental assistance deal by the Minnesota Legislature.
The bills would tweak the program, rather than introducing sweeping changes.
The Minnesota Department of Health also said Wednesday there have been 22,464 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 504 from Tuesday’s count, while a total of 216,532 COVID-19 tests have been completed, up 7,000 from Wednesday.
State government, county officials and nonprofit organizations have seen a significant increase in people needing help paying for food, housing and other daily costs.