As news continues to sweep across the nation about the tragic killing of George Floyd, my heart breaks for his family, friends, the city of Minneapolis, and the black community in every corner of our state. I echo the sentiments from our House People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus. George Floyd should be alive today.
There is no question, the officers involved in George Floyd’s death need to be held accountable. Justice begins when we hold each other accountable and work together to change the persistent inequalities and inequities in our state and society.
It’s also important that when demonstrating our values and fighting for change, we do so in a way that is not harmful to others.
As the vice chair of the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform committee, our committee is working on strong police accountability, repeal of the state statute preempting communities from utilizing residency requirements for police, and seeking reform in how the arbitration process works and more.
Extra patrols in Edina are out tonight to monitor the evolving situation and ensure community members are staying safe and businesses and public facilities are protected. Please be safe and be kind to one another.