Justice Department to probe whether Minneapolis police have ‘pattern and practice’ of misconduct
The Template for what will happen to other police departments. DOJ will look for systemic bias in policing.
Minneapolis is more than George Floyd and Derek Chauven. It is the beginning of the takeover of police departments under the ruse of investigation of any number of things.This will set the precedent of federalizing the police. Let’s read the fine print of what our Attorney General Garland has in mind. Learn that the Mayor and City Council save one, are more than happy to turn their police department over the the DOJ. After all they want to disband the entire police department anyway. If the DOJ is not successful in reaching an agreement- whatever that may be – the DOJ is prepared to go to court
Council renews plan to replace the police department
In January 2021, Minneapolis City Council Members Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher, and Jeremy Schroeder introduced a new city charter amendment to establish a Department of Public Safety in Minneapolis to oversee policing, violence prevention, and community safety programs, and remove the direct oversight of the police by the mayor’s office. The amendment would also remove the city charter requirement to maintain a minimum number of police officers based on the city’s population. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he opposed the approach. The councilors hoped to put the amendment before voters in the 2021 November municipal election.
The U.S. Department of Justice will undertake a sweeping investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a “pattern and practice” of illegal conduct, including whether officers used excessive force during protests.
The investigation, welcomed by 12 City Council members, Mayor Jacob Frey and the police chief, will seek to establish whether the state’s largest police department is engaging in practices that promote or allow systemic wrongdoing.
The investigation will also be separate from the Minnesota Department of Human Rights probe, announced after Floyd’s death, which will look at policies, procedures and practices over the past 10 years, and whether the department engaged in systemic discrimination.
If the Justice Department finds systemic wrongdoing, it will report its findings to the public. The federal civil rights division will seek to work with Minneapolis police, with input from the community, to identify ways to address the deficiencies.
If the civil rights division can’t reach an agreement with Minneapolis on how to reform the police department, the Justice Department has authority to file a lawsuit to force changes.
Chief vows cooperation
City officials, who learned of the investigation a half-hour before the public did, applauded the Justice Department for using its authority to reform Minneapolis police.
Every Minneapolis City Council member except for Alondra Cano signed onto a statement saying they “fully support” the federal investigators in holding accountable “any and all abuses of power and harms to our community and stand ready to aid in this process as full partners.”
“The City Council’s oversight of the Minneapolis Police Department has been historically constrained by the City Charter and state law and we welcome new tools to pursue transformational, structural changes to how the City provides for public safety.”
Mayor Frey also released a statement welcoming the investigation, saying Minneapolis must seize on this “generational opportunity” to improve life for the Black community.
More at Star Tribune
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday announces that the Department of Justice will investigate the practices of the Minneapolis police department, Justice Department officials told NBC News.
Just the beginning.
Yesterday my post included a background of three of the out of the mainstream council members. If you need a refresher
Today I will add number four. No less than Jeremiah Ellison, son of the infamous Keith Ellison, Minnesota’s Attorney General.
City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison explains disbanding police
The best of the council.
You betcha….. and we know why.
Here is where this is going:
What will be really interesting is that the Mayor and City Council will be up for re-election in November 21. The City will come face to face with their future. Will they continue this madness? Will cooler heads prevail? Stay tuned. This will be a hoot to watch. The Mayor’s race already has announced candidates.
- Jacob Frey, incumbent
- Kate Knuth, former DFL state representative and educator
- Sheila June Nezhad, community organizer
- A.J. Awed, Co-Executive Director of the Cedar-Riverside Community Council
- Philip Sturm, former Marine
My guess it will be ‘Sheila for the people” – she fits all of the boxes of misfits. The next Mayor. Wander over.
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
….a worldwide revolution demanding the end of violent policing that started right here on Chicago Avenue.
2020 changed me. I have always believed in the possibility of a revolution, of a more just world. This past year the people of Minneapolis taught me what walking toward justice really looks like.
My name is Sheila June Nezhad (she/her pronouns). I’m grateful to my parents for giving me an early start on a life of cross-cultural movement building. My parents chose my first and middle names “Sheila June” to be both Persian (my dad) and American (my Anishinaabe-Swedish-Norwegian mom). And my last name, Nezhad (pronounced “neh-zh-ahd”) roughly translates to “the people.”
Thats what the lady says. Say goodbye to all the white members of the council. The best of the swamp today,