ST. PAUL, Minn. – Today, Senate Republicans called into question the ability of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department for civil and human rights abuses.
“The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is fully equipped and capable of conducting a fair investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department, and has already begun their work,” said Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park) ranking DFL member on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Today’s request of the Department of Justice does nothing but attempt to undermine one of our state agencies, and instead put the investigation into the hands of an administration that has not been impartial on issues of racial justice and police brutality.”
Additionally, once again no members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus were asked to participate or invited to discuss this action, and comments were made during the press conference suggesting racism is a sidebar to any investigation into the MPD.
“It is insulting to suggest that racism is a sidebar to the pattern of police violence from the MPD against Black and brown communities,” said Assistant DFL Leader Jeff Hayden (DFL-Minneapolis). “Structural racism is a central issue in need of investigating, and our colleagues in the Senate Majority would know this if they would make any effort to engage with members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus on criminal justice and policing reforms.”