Members of the Senate DFL support POCI Caucus

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, Daunte Wright was killed by Brooklyn Center police. In response to this devastating event, Senators Isaacson, Wiklund, Johnson Stewart, Eaton, Pappas, Putnam, Dziedzic, Dibble, Carlson, Port, Murphy, Klein, McEwen, Kent, Cwodzinski, Wiger, and Marty release the following statement in support of the Minnesota Senate’s People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus members:

“Our hearts go out to the Black community and all Minnesotans who have to relive the trauma of another friend, family, and community members’ death at the hands of police. Less than a year ago, members of the DFL POCI caucus came together in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to propose legislation that would transform our failed criminal justice system. Many of them were told to wait – wait for us to hold police accountable, wait for us to ensure public safety for all, and wait for us as we educate, learn and grow about the marginalization and violence Black people face. As we waited for the legislative process to take its course, another Black Minnesotan was killed by police. Our state can’t wait any longer. We must take action.”

“We support our BIPOC members and their vision for transforming Minnesota’s criminal justice system. We need to pause, listen, amplify, and follow the lead of those that fall victim to this broken system – and we have to do it now. We are proud to stand with the Senate POCI Caucus members to demand that the Minnesota Legislature takes urgent action to implement the additional reforms that were promised last year.”

Senator Susan Kent
Susan Kent represents District 53 in the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Senator Jason Isaacson
Jason Isaacson represents Senate District 42 which includes Arden Hills, Gem Lake, Little Canada, Mounds View, Shoreview, Vadnais Heights, and parts of Roseville, Spring Lake Park, and Blaine.

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Senator Melissa Wiklund
Melissa Wiklund represents District 50, which includes portions of Bloomington and Richfield in the southern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Ann Johnson Stewart represents Senate District 44, which covers the communities of Plymouth, Minnetonka, and Woodland.

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Senator Chris Eaton
Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Senator Sandy Pappas
Sandy Pappas represents District 65, which includes portions of Saint Paul in Ramsey County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Aric Putnam represents Senate District 14, which covers the communities of St. Cloud, Waite Park, St. Augusta, Haven, and Minden Townships.

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Senator Kari Dziedzic
Kari Dziedzic represents District 60, which includes Seward, Cedar Riverside, Southeast and Northeast Minneapolis.

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Senator Scott Dibble
Scott Dibble represents District 61, which includes portions of the city of Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

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Senator Jim Carlson
Jim Carlson represents District 51, which includes Eagan and areas of Burnsville.

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Lindsey Port represents Senate District 56, which covers the communities of Burnsville, Savage, and the northwest part of Lakeville.

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Erin Murphy represents Senate District 64, which includes portions of the Saint Paul community.

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Matt Klein represents Senate District 52 which includes the area spanning parts of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lilydale, the city of Mendota, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, Sunfish Lake, and West St. Paul.

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Jen McEwen represents Senate District 7, which covers the community of Duluth.

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Senator Kent Eken
Kent Eken represents District 4, which includes portions of Becker, Clay, and Norman counties in the northwestern part of the state.

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Steve Cwodzinski represents District 48 in the southwest Twin Cities metro.

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Senator Chuck Wiger
Chuck Wiger represents District 43, which includes portions of Ramsey and Washington counties in the northeastern Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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Senator John Marty
John Marty represents Roseville, Lauderdale, Falcon Heights and northern St. Paul.

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