Still no committee hearings for racial justice

SAINT PAUL, Minn.— The Senate Republicans held their second hearing for the Joint Judiciary and Transportation Committee to review “lawlessness events and governmental responses.”

Senator Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement:

“Today’s hearing was yet another lost opportunity to create meaningful, systemic change to the institutional racism that has marginalized and killed generations of Black men and women. Instead, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle held a hearing about the Christopher Columbus statue that was taken down during a protest last month at the Capitol. It’s appalling that the Senate Republicans seem to care more about this damaged statue than making a change to protect our fellow human beings from the brutality they have faced in our state at the hands of our police officers.

This hearing was thirteen straight, white, Republican male legislators dictating to Minnesota that the only thing that went wrong in the past month was an insufficient crackdown on the part of the police against People of Color. After the promised six committee hearings have wrapped, the joint committee will have met for about 24 hours. How many committee hearings or testimony on racial justice and transformative change in public safety? Zero.

We should be holding these committee hearings to discuss legislation that will create systemic change within our police departments. We should be holding committee hearings that include the POCI (People of Color and Indigenous) members of the Senate. Let’s stop this political sham of hearings and pass some meaningful legislation that matters to the people of Minnesota because they deserve better.”

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

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