The city of Minneapolis chose last night to use excessive police force to break up a peaceful encampment of people protesting excessive police force. The show of police force we saw in Minneapolis last night, echoing similar displays of police violence throughout the country following fatal police shootings of unarmed black men, women, and transgender people, is unacceptable in any city--and particularly horrifying to see in our home city that prides itself on its "progressive" values.
Statement on last night's police violence
The Minneapolis police, armed with riot gear and dressed in military-style camouflage, indiscriminately fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and mace at the crowd, jabbed protesters with batons, dragged people by their hair, pointed guns threateningly into the crowd including directly at elected officials, and even poured out the milk protesters were using to counteract the impacts of mace and tear gas. The Minneapolis police shot children with rubber bullets and beat them with batons. This show of force is unacceptable in no uncertain terms.
Though political leaders have repeatedly called for an end to our worst-in-the-nation racial disparities, these same leaders have chosen to follow the destructive playbook of other cities across the country by dramatically escalating police force against communities of color in response to peaceful protests.
The city of Minneapolis' violence against a grieving community demanding justice is a political choice that has ravaged the already fragile trust between the community and police. We are thankful that no one was seriously hurt last night by police violence. We fear that if the city's leadership does not immediately change course, this will not remain the case. Our city needs strong leadership that will end police violence, not exacerbate it.
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