Senate Republican weak criminal justice reform bills fall short

SAINT PAUL, Minn.— Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, continues to advocate tirelessly for meaningful criminal justice reform. He released the following statement on the weak legislation brought forward today on the Senate floor:

“The Senate Republicans completely disregarded the voices of the People of Color and Indigenous people (POCI) caucus (founded in 2017) and all Minnesotans in pushing through a very weak public safety package of bills that ignores racial inequities and the inherent problems present in our current criminal justice system.

Senate DFLers brought the voices of the POCI caucus to the Senate floor today. Bringing up amendment after amendment, the POCI members of the Senate addressed the inequities that are very real in the communities of Minnesota. It was disheartening to see that time after time, Senate Republicans hid behind procedural motions to avoid voting on stronger measures to improve these bills.”

Senate bills introduced by Senate DFL members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus that have not received hearings:

SF 87 – Peace officer deadly force use authority modification

SF 93 – Choke holds and other restraints prohibition; law enforcement agencies to update policies regarding to use of force requirements

SF 94 – Duty for peace officers to intercede when another peace officer is using unreasonable force requirement

SF 84 – Peace-officer-involved death prosecutorial authority attorney general assignment and appropriation

SF 92 – Minneapolis and St. Paul peace officers residency requirements

SF 95 – Peace officers warrior-style training prohibition

SF 78 – Law enforcement citizen oversight councils local units of government requirement
SF 86 – Right to vote restoration upon incarceration release or sentencing without incarceration

SF 81 – Peace officers standards for crisis intervention and mental illness crisis training establishment

SF 83 – Bureau of criminal apprehension (BCA) use of force investigations unit establishment and appropriation

SF 88 – Release on bail use limit

SF 89 – Right to vote restoration upon incarceration release or sentencing without incarceration

SF 79 – Civil statute of limitations for certain actions by peace officers extension

SF 80 – Peace officer complaint or charge against type of data included in status clarification

SF 82 – Peace officer grievance arbitration arbitrator selection modification

SF 85 – Autism training development and implementation for peace officers requirement and appropriation

SF 115 – Public safety critical incident stress management information as evidence prohibition; law enforcement use of force reporting; critical incident review process for peace officer involved shootings establishment; office of community-led public safety coordination establishment

SF 116 – Prohibiting public safety critical incident stress management information as evidence; reporting law enforcement use of force

SF 117 – Miscellaneous law enforcement provisions modification

SF 118 – Establishing a critical incident review process for peace officer involved shootings

SF 119 – Modifying a peace officer’s authority to use deadly force; assigning prosecutorial authority for peace-officer-involved deaths to the attorney general; establishing an independent Use of Force Investigations Unit within the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension; limiting the use of money bail for certain offenses.

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

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