The past few weeks have been hard for our communities. Many have long asserted the need for our City to address the issue of policing given that since 2013 we have painfully seen the wrongful deaths of Terrance Franklin, Jamar Clark, and most recently Justine Damond. My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims in these officer involved shootings. One life lost is one too many. As you know, my office works closely with our Third Precinct police officers to reduce crime and increase safety in our neighborhoods. Since the death of Ms. Damond I have received many calls from residents who are scared to call 911, afraid that officers may use force where it is not warranted. I want you to know that I am highly aware of your concerns. I hear your frustration, I can feel your sadness, and I'm taking action on this front.
Since the tragic events which took Justine's life, I've been working with my colleagues and our police leadership to review our internal practices to address this case and to support meaningful efforts for police reform. A bulk of these initiatives will continue to move forward through our Public Safety and Civil Rights Committee. Just as important, given the recent resignation of Chief Janee Harteau, our new Chief of Police will soon begin the task of continuing to carry out the changes in policing that our communities are demanding.
I would like to invite you to be a part of the public hearing in which the Council will take up the Executive Committee's recommendation to approve Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo as the next leader to be appointed Chief of Police for the remainder of departing Chief Harteau's 17 month term. All members of the public are welcome to come and offer testimony about Arradondo's appointment, please join us:
Wednesday, August 9
City Hall Council Chambers
350 South 5th Street, Room 317
I would also like to invite you to join me and Acting Chief Arradondo in our neighborhood to hear more about his vision for policing in Minneapolis and to co-create solutions that help our communities move forward together:
Cafe con Alondra and Rondo
Tuesday, August 29
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mercado Central,1515 East Lake Street
I look forward to seeing you and hearing your voice on these important issues,