The failure to agree was in part a result of genuine policy differences. Yet Republicans and Democrats also accused each other of negotiating with an eye toward the 2020 elections.
Author Seth Stoughton argues that the guardian, not the warrior, offers the appropriate metaphor for modern officers.
Both houses of Congress propose creating a national database to track police misconduct. There was less agreement on other provisions like ending qualified immunity for police officers.
More than a dozen police departments contacted by MinnPost said their officers are not allowed to use neck restraints or chokeholds, with many saying the tactics had been out of use for as long as they could remember.
It’s not as though the DFL-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate can’t or won’t acknowledge each other’s goals. It’s just that it isn’t going to be a top priority for what will be a unique special session of the Minnesota Legislature.
Keith Ellison on change: “I don’t ask for patience. Imagine it’s 400 years of people being denied it in so many cases where there was no accountability. I mean, it just compounds, you know, that level of disappointment and expectation of an unjust outcome.”
The stations, both built in the 1970s, were deemed to be total losses, and both facilities’ operations have now been moved outside their respective neighborhoods.
The problem is not bad apples. The problem is the barrel and the systems that produce it. Police culture is fundamentally warped.
A history of structural racism brought the Twin Cities to this boiling point. In my sample of white residents, even those who express understanding of white privilege tend to minimize the struggles of their black neighbors.
The representative from Minnesota’s Fifth District spoke about the killing of George Floyd, the protests that followed and the hope for change going forward.
People of color need to be heard. Seen. And believed. They must be at the center of these conversations. We cannot “restore peace” in our communities if we don’t step outside of our privilege and listen to those who are suffering.
“Really, the early childhood years are pretty critical for laying some groundwork in equity and justice,” said Amy Betz, an early childhood specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development.
In 2018 Black founded the center, which works to combat economic and social racism, and whose clients and partners include Ramsey County, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Itasca Project. She wants to speed up the pace of change.
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.
It will be difficult, painful and take time, but we must work toward actionable solutions that are embedded in a new policing model.
George Floyd’s life is unprecedented. No one saw the world as he did. No one spoke as he could. No one thought, loved, or felt as he lived. George Floyd was a miracle, cut short as a police officer knelt on his neck.
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 key take-away from the tragic events in Minnesota over the last week might be that young people of all races, genders and creed are in desperate search for credible leadership and trust in their police force.
We cannot let this moment and our motivation to create positive change pass.