Members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature issued the following statement in response to Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s Thursday morning press conference.
Senator Patricia Torres Ray
Patricia Torres Ray represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Read more news from Sen. Torres Ray.
Today, on the last day of special session, after Republican inaction on meaningful criminal justice legislation Senate members of the POCI caucus released the following joint statement.
Senator Torres Ray: Partisan politics has no place passing criminal justice reforms for our communities
Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis) released the following statement in response to Senate Republican’s weak criminal justice reform bill passed off the floor today.
The members of the Minnesota Legislature’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus issued the following statement in response to Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka’s comments regarding criminal justice reform and the upcoming special session.
POCI Caucus, Speaker Hortman Call for Immediate Legislative Funding for Minneapolis – St. Paul Rebuilding Efforts, Arrest of all Ex-Minneapolis Officers Involved in the Death of George Floyd
Members of the Minnesota People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus and Minnesota House Speaker Melissa Hortman called for further action to help heal and rebuild the community of Minneapolis that has been impacted in the wake of the recent protests.
The community organized what began as a peaceful protest, in response to the officer-involved death of George Floyd, and escalated as conflict arose between protestors and law enforcement officers. Minneapolis Senators Jeff Hayden and Patricia Torres Ray released the following joint statement.
“We, along with our constituents, are deeply heartbroken and outraged by the injustice that occurred in the officer-involved death of George Floyd. As our community continues to grieve and grapple with this incredibly unjustifiable loss of life, we believe in their right to peacefully protest. We have grown increasingly concerned, for the safety of the City of Minneapolis and its residents, as the demonstration has escalated. More than ever, our community must come together during this hard time and in this work to fiercely advocate for the justice that is needed. We are eager to effectively partner with community organizers, leaders, activists, and advocates to prevent the loss of another life due to excessive use of force.”