Establish Accountable Policing

Our police force is one of the Mayor’s main responsibilities. Right now, that system isn’t working for many of our residents. A young person’s first interaction with an officer should not be, “put your hands on the car.” People of color and Indigenous people shouldn’t be afraid when they see a police car. We need police officers who look like the people in the communities that they serve.

We need police officers who don’t commute here, but are invested and rooted in our neighborhoods. There are centuries of history to overcome, but I believe we can build a system that keeps our city safe without perpetuating harm. Our citizens have the right to be treated well by police no matter who they are or where they live in the city.

Read my Commentary in the Star Tribune.

 

Action

  1. Full scale de-militarization of our police department
  2. Prefer hiring officers who live in Minneapolis
  3. Build off recent Department of Justice report and our current work with National Initiative for Building Community, Trust, and Justice to establish an accountable policing system
  4. Prioritize de-escalation and not force in police training

 

Most officers in the MPD come to work to do their jobs and protect the community. I’m glad the National Initiative for Building Community, Trust, and Justice have worked with the city of Minneapolis. Their intervention and trainings are a base we need to build upon. The police budget should also be a reflection of our values around policing. I support the bill currently in the Legislature that was worked on by lawmakers and officers to allocate $9 million for police training as part of the general budget. Law enforcement officers should not have military-grade weaponry; it sends an adversarial message to the communities they serve. We should look to cities that have put a strong investment into mental health and social services that help de-escalate situations that are otherwise met with violence.