Police Accountability - What You Can Do

April 26, 2021

The Chauvin trial is over, and Minneapolis is recovering from a traumatic year. While we feel relieved, many recognize the fight for justice and reform is not over - in many ways our journey has only begun.

There was a moving appeal to President Biden by community members last week. You can view that here.

That call to action on a Federal level is in on top of the work already in motion at the State of Minnesota level. Please see the summary of the many bills in the works below.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO STATE LEGISLATORS, PLEASE SEE THE LINK HERE. The latest from the organizers is some of the bills (but not ending qualified immunity or ending the statute of limitation on wrongful death by police) got passed as part of the omnibus in the House but haven't been touched by the Senate. They also suggested we pressure Governor Walz to veto the budget bill and call a special session if the bills aren't on his desk for signature.

MN Coalition for Justice For George Floyd & All Stolen Lives Demands Police Accountability Bills

A growing coalition of community groups including Communities United Against Police Brutality, Minnesota Disability Justice Network, Minnesota Justice Coalition, Racial Justice Network, Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Minnesota demands police accountability and an end to police violence.

The time is now for our legislature to pass meaningful, common sense laws that will hold police accountable and make our families safer.

The killing of George Floyd was not an anomaly. Police brutality is a real issue that disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, people of color and low income people in Minnesota and across our nation. In Minnesota alone, there have been over 400 deaths from police brutality since 2000.

The torture and killing of George Floyd in eight minutes and 46 seconds is perhaps one of the worst police brutality cases in our nation's history. This happened here, in our state, in our community. In this moment as the entire nation and world watches Minnesota, we have an opportunity to lead the nation by passing pragmatic laws to promote safety, justice, transparency and accountability.

Courageous Minnesotans are currently standing up for justice for all and peaceful protestors are demanding accountability and common-sense laws. Today, we are asking Minnesotans to demand Justice for George Floyd and all Stolen Lives by passing the following bills during this year's state legislative session.

The bills would :

  • End the Statute of Limitations for Lawsuits for Wrongful Deaths Caused by Police (HF 717, SF 2021) Link to bill here

  • Strengthen Civilian Oversight (HF 640) link to bill here

  • End Police-Only Responses to Mental Health Crisis Calls (HF 1686, SF 1924) Link to the bill here

  • End Qualified Immunity (HF 1104, SF 580) link to bill here

  • Independent Investigatory and Prosecutory Body for Police Critical Incidents

  • End Prosecution for Reporting Police Misconduct (HF 2201) link to bill here

  • End No Knock Warrants (HF 1762, SF 2139) link to bill here

  • Require Police to Carry Professional Liability Insurance (HF 440, SF 815) link to the bill here

  • Require Access to Body Worn Camera Footage in Police Critical Incidents within 48 Hours (HF 1103, SF 807) link to bill here

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