ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, the City of Minneapolis unanimously approved a court enforceable agreement with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights that requires the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Police Department to make transformational changes to curb race-based policing and recognize the civil rights and humanity of community members.
The consent decree comes nearly three years after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, and one year after the MDHR released a report detailing MPD’s pattern of racial discrimination. It includes provisions that prohibit certain uses of force and certain pedestrian and vehicle stops; develops community feedback structures; requires quality, priority training; and creates an independent accountability structure, with regular public reports, to track adherence to the consent decree.
In response to the release of the consent decree, members of the Senate People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus released the following statement:
“The consent decree between the City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is a powerful tool to direct the Minneapolis Police Department toward accountability and respect for the rights and dignity of all peoples, particularly people of color and Indigenous people. The agreement was shaped by legal experts, local leaders, and the wisdom and insight of the communities most affected by the Minneapolis Police Department’s patterns of abuse. It’s time we, as Minnesotans, move forward with implementing best practices to ensure race-based policing is completely excluded from our public safety initiatives. This decree is a step toward a future wherein each person in our community can go about their life without the fear or threat of violence or death.”
The members of the Senate POCI Caucus are Senator Mary Kunesh (Chair), Senator Bobby Joe Champion, Senator Omar Fateh, Senator Foung Hawj, Senator Alice Mann, Senator Erin Maye Quade, Senator Zaynab Mohamed, Senator Clare Oumou Verbeten, Senator Susan Pha, and Senator Tou Xiong.