Living up to our city’s promise means safe neighborhoods for everyone. It means creating places people love to linger in and care for, filled with community and trust that works like a vaccine against crime. It means police working with communities to prevent crime.
But it’s clear that we are leaving many people behind. Violence continues to take too many lives, most of them young men of color in neighborhoods disconnected from the promise of Minneapolis. Twenty-plus years of trying to arrest our way to safe streets has backfired, and police are losing effectiveness—even in times of crisis—because they are losing trust. Relations between the police and community are strained at best, fatal at worst. And we continue to fuel a crisis of mass incarceration in communities of color.
The current council member consistently opposes police accountability efforts and proactive interventions to reduce violence. For example, she voted to scrap the Civilian Review Authority and replace it with a police-dominated panel. She also takes contributions from the Police Federation, which opposes any accountability for officers, and endorsed Republican Rich Stanek for Hennepin County Sheriff in 2014.
Having worked for the Hawthorne neighborhood in North Minneapolis in the early 2000s, I have seen firsthand the ways that the City fails to keep all parts of our city safe. I’ve also seen up close the good work that communities can do to improve safety.
As council member, I will build safe neighborhoods for everyone, by:
- Building on new, community-based “safety beyond policing” approaches
- Designing safer, more vibrant public spaces
- Investing in interim place-making for empty places
- Pushing for a police force that hires from the communities it polices, and for more accountability for officers.