Today, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights filed a civil rights charge against the Minneapolis Police Department. The Commissioner of Human Rights, Rebecca Lucero, also announced she will lead an investigation to determine if the Minneapolis Police Department violated the state’s civil rights law in the death of George Floyd and if the department utilizes systemic discriminatory practices towards people of color by looking at their policies, procedures, and practices from over the past ten years.
“The action announced by the Department of Human Rights is the direction each and every single entity in Minnesota and the entire country should take. In order to truly change the systemic racism that oppresses communities of color, we are required to self-examine, analyze, and take actions that hold everyone accountable,” said Senate DFL Leader Susan Kent. “The Minnesota Senate DFL is dedicated to do the work that is required of us within our own institutions and to partner with the administration, our colleagues in the legislature, and communities across the state to ensure critical legislative reforms are passed.”