City Council approves resolution to create transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis

Posted by ProjectC 
'The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a resolution today declaring the intent to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis.

The Council resolution acknowledges that George Floyd joins a “tragically long list” of people killed by Minneapolis police and his death has set off a “wave of protests and uprisings across the United States and across the world and has led to thousands of voices asking for change.”

The City Council has committed to starting a year-long process of community engagement, research and structural change to create a transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis. “The City Council will engage with every willing community member in Minneapolis, centering the voices of Black people, American Indian people, people of color, immigrants, victims of harm, and other stakeholders who have been historically marginalized or under-served by our present system. Together, we will identify what safety looks like for everyone,” the resolution reads.

The resolution also expresses support for Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo and his efforts and the need to work cooperatively with all willing partners, including Mayor Jacob Frey and other community institutions in this effort.

The City Council is establishing a Future of Community Safety Work Group, which will include staff from the Office of Violence Prevention, the Department of Civil Rights, the City Coordinator’s Office, in coordination with the 911 Working Group, the Division of Race and Equity, Neighborhood and Community Relations and other relevant departments.

The Council has directed the work group to report back to the Council by July 24, 2020 with a set of preliminary recommendations for engaging with specific cultural and stakeholder groups, the community at large and relevant experts that can partner with the City to help Minneapolis transition to a transformative new model for cultivating community safety, including budget and resource need estimates for the process.

The work group is also directed to provide regular reports to the City Council on advancing this work, including intermediate policy changes that center a public health approach to community safety and research and engagement to inform the potential creation of a new City Department of Community Safety with a holistic approach to community safety, among other things.

“Today’s unanimous City Council resolution advances our shared commitment to transformative change in how Minneapolis approaches public safety so that every member of our community can be truly safe,” said City Council President Lisa Bender. “As we respond to demands for immediate action to reduce police violence and support community safety, we will invite our community to help shape long-term transformative change, centering the voices of those most impacted by community violence and police violence.”

“American democracy is an experiment, each generation has an opportunity to move this experiment forward, toward living out the true meaning of its creed,” said City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins. “This resolution represents our moment to contribute to the progression of equality and freedom of every resident of the City of Minneapolis.” '

- City of Minneapolis, City Council approves resolution to create transformative new model for cultivating safety in Minneapolis, June 12, 2020


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