SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Last night, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Minnesota Police Accountability Act of 2020. The racial justice and police accountability legislation – authored by members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus – is aimed at reimagining and reforming public safety in the state. The series of criminal justice and police accountability reforms were introduced following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer this Memorial Day.
Rep. Fue Lee (DFL – Minneapolis) issued the following statement:
“George Floyd’s killing was horrific to watch, and it should have never happened. This critical legislation – developed by the POCI Caucus – will help ensure safety for everyone, no matter where they live or what they look like. In our community, residents are demanding a new approach to public safety that fully recognizes the values we all share of human rights, equity, and justice. This legislation will finally help us deliver on that promise and ensure accountability when police cause senseless harm to people.”
A fact sheet about the legislation can be accessed here.