My spouse and I had plans to see a present on the State Theater downtown Minneapolis final Saturday evening. We purchased the tickets a number of months in the past and had been trying ahead to our evening out for fairly a while. Nevertheless, as Saturday night approached, we requested ourselves if we actually needed to be downtown between 9 p.m. and midnight. Was it value jeopardizing our security for leisure? Finally, we selected to not go. Whereas we missed out on what was actually an incredible present, we additionally weren’t the victims of an assault, a carjacking or bodily/verbal harassment. Minneapolis residents have (properly) spoken. Metropolis Query 2 was rejected. Some Metropolis Council members eager to defund the Police Division have been changed. Hopefully change is on the way in which.
Ryan Sheahan, Roseville
It might be helpful to your readers if experiences of carjackings would come with extra knowledge than time and place. What are you able to give us regarding a normal profile of every sufferer?
Doing so would maybe result in the almost certainly subsequent victims being extra conscious of what and who these individuals are in search of.
Dave Porter, Minneapolis
POLICING IN MINNEAPOLIS
I’m a kind of voters who declined to vote “sure” on Metropolis Query 2 within the latest election. I did so with nice reluctance — I think like many different “no” voters — as a result of I’ve nice sympathy for the reason for police reform. The present system merely isn’t working and should be rebuilt.
I’ve watched for years as different makes an attempt to convey a unique tradition and self-discipline to the Minneapolis police drive have died earlier than even being tried. This speaks poorly of the town’s leaders, the police and their union however maybe most of all, we residents who’ve wrung our arms over the police conduct but executed nothing to help change efforts.
It is time for us all to get smarter on what it takes to make these efforts work together with modifications to state legal guidelines, union contracts and profitable efforts in different departments across the nation. Then, we should truly work to push the required modifications by way of — which can’t be executed by demonizing the police however by working with them. Sadly, Query 2 required far an excessive amount of belief in a mayor and Metropolis Council that haven’t confirmed that they have been as much as this tough and complicated activity.
Let’s hope — no, let’s insist — that we get one other likelihood to repair this as soon as and for all, and shortly!
D. Roger Pederson, Minneapolis
A latest letter author supplied 14 bullet factors that she thought everybody might agree on that may result in “severe” police reform (“Next, the hard part,” Readers Write, Nov. 4). I agree that almost all residents are in sympathy with most of her concepts. However that’s the downside. The time is previous for ideas about police reform that solely have broad settlement.
I say that figuring out that if I lived in Minneapolis I’d have voted “no” on the modification to switch the Police Division with the imprecise and undefined framework of Query 2. The Metropolis Council, the newly empowered mayor and doubtless the state Legislature should create a brand new construction that can drive a totally new mind-set by all of the members of the police drive.
First the police union contract should be revised. The union has been a haven for racist cops for generations as a result of elected officers wouldn’t have the ability to institute sturdy self-discipline to officers who violate their very own guidelines and procedures.
The foundations about arbitration should be revised to permit for strict penalties, together with dismissal, for rule violations.
Coaching of officers should embody intensive instruction in regards to the historical past of intercommunity relations and of the way to enhance on that dismal historical past.
The state legal guidelines should be modified to switch or finish immunity for officers who commit crimes.
And most necessary of all, new recruits to the police drive should come from a unique section of the group.
That signifies that the incomes for the police should be elevated. A professional faculty graduate who needs to work within the discipline should be capable of earn a beginning wage similar to different professions that can enhance because it does in different professions. Which may imply a rise in taxes to finance such a change, however any enhance can be returned many instances by decreased funds for settlements of crimes by the police and, step by step, decreased prices of incarceration.
The residents of Minneapolis should discard their lifelong interested by how police match into our society. Solely when cops get the identical stage of respect from common folks as medical doctors and attorneys and different high-income professionals will the hostile relations between regulation enforcement and the communities they’re supposed serve create a extra livable society for everybody.
Ron DeHarpporte, Edina
A spate of letters criticize the mayor and police chief over their plans to reform the MPD (“Leaders, where is your plan?” Readers Write, Nov. 12). The insincerity of those “leaders” is clear from their having sat on their arms this 12 months and a half since George Floyd’s homicide. They might have traced Derek Chauvin’s enablers up the chain of command and fired all of them. They might have repeated similar for the “dangerous apple” cops with (in some way nonpublic) data as egregious as Chauvin’s. Even the damaged arbitration system would have upheld half of the firings and overturned prevailing cop tradition.
The inherently weak mayor and the chief don’t have any plan as a result of that isthe plan. They help police alongside no matter phrases the Police Federation dictates. The drive will stay an conceited, insubordinate, carpetbagging instrument of oppression with a bloated, featherbedded, bureaucratic chain of command placing in time towards their pensions.
M. Warner, Minneapolis
The Kyle Rittenhouse trial course of goes past a dedication of innocence or guilt (“Defense wraps up case in Rittenhouse murder trial,” Nov. 12). The unhappy saga is a microcosm of what the panorama appears like when society breaks down. There may be the jungle intuition of survival of the fittest; “I needed to shoot him earlier than he shot me.” There may be life-or-death tribal warfare between the tribe that defends regulation and order, and the tribe that fiercely protests police brutality. There may be particular person disregard for civilized conduct. What’s a youngster doing with a semi-automatic weapon — anytime, wherever? The place is parental oversight? Why is a self-identified “medic” carrying a firearm? How did these folks enable their passions to override peaceable protest? When there may be decision of this case, there can be a lot materials for classroom dialogue within the departments of sociology, psychology, criminology and regulation. As well as, this occasion may encourage a playwright. Will this be a Shakespearean tragedy? Or some form of tragic opera?
Richard Masur, Minneapolis
When the Metro Transit police employee survey reveals 58% are contemplating a job change (“Transit police survey results ‘grim,'” Nov. 6), citing as issues no acceptable follow-up to arrests or citations they make, and the very fact they’re liable for fare enforcements, the general public ought to get up to their complaints. When the light-rail system was set as much as enable anybody to get on the practice with out paying a fare, what did we count on? Did our leaders and planners (the Metropolitan Council of us) assume this a part of the system wouldn’t be topic to lawlessness? As a beginning answer, I would prefer to see a part of our anticipated infrastructure cash spent to retrofit our LRT stations in order that passengers will need to have a paid fare with a purpose to board the practice.
Lois Willand, Minneapolis
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