FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2017
Mayoral Candidate and Criminal Justice Reform Advocate, Raymond Dehn, Responds to Chief Harteau's Resignation
Beyond the resignation of Chief Harteau, we need to completely change our city’s approach to public safety—moving towards providing services, investing in communities, and developing community-based solutions. Until then, we must make immediate changes in the Minneapolis Police Department.
Crime is not a product of individual morality but the consequence of scarcity in our society. We must divest resources, disarm officers, and dismantle the inherent violence of our criminal justice system which continues to uphold white supremacy. Our approach to public safety must reflect a belief that our communities are safer when they have housing, clean air and water, access to education and employment, and quality healthcare.
I look forward to advocating on behalf of my constituents for a higher quality of standards in our interim Chief. As Mayor, I will consult with the community before appointing a Chief who understands we must move beyond improving police culture to establish accountable public safety models.