Golden Valley human rights commission dismissed

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 23, 2011 - 10:02 PM

The panel had sought a task force to address Golden Valley police conduct.

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hobie2Dec. 23, 1110:47 PM

Never let it be said that open political discourse and a response to citizens' desires has replaced pettiness and arrogance in the Golden Valley council chambers... One reason for term limits in city government? - Cities have simple issues resolved by complicated resolutions led by people who know what is best for all and know that they don't need to be told what that is.

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gullableDec. 24, 11 2:54 AM

I can speak with some intelligence here. I no longer live in Golden Valley, but I will attest to incidents where the police were out of line and over abrupt without reason in an abusive tone. This goes back some years, but it was true for many years prior to the time when I moved away. Confidence to feel justified in abusive treatment by the police department does not start at the bottom wrung of the ladder. It meets with approval at the top. Primitive in it's mentality, Golden Valley never changed with the times over twenty years. Influence working against the community kept that burb stuck. This article doesn't surprise me in the least, other than to know that there was a human rights task force in place. The function had little utility, because that was a police force that needed one... like everything else in Minnesota and it's Government.

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jerryaldiniDec. 24, 11 7:51 AM

GV doesn't need a human rights commission if it has a police chief who is doing his job. And if the chief isn't taking charge of rogue cops, the Council needs to step in.

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dejadoodooDec. 24, 11 8:16 AM

"Primitive in it's mentality, Golden Valley never changed with the times over twenty years." Never -- really? For those of you who don't know, if you look at a map you will see that Golden Valley is a fairly small city. Having lived and worked in Golden Valley for over 25 years, I can see that the city has changed with the times -- and that's both good and bad. I think the group that's supposed to "Protect and Serve" does a pretty good job. The fact that they don't get much practice with ugly situations proves to me that they've changed enough to keep things relatively old fashioned -- and I think that's a good thing in this case.

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mplssoDec. 24, 11 8:19 AM

Abuse of power on the part of (most of) this city council, a sorry excuse for a government body. Time to replace them.

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gizkazzDec. 24, 11 8:19 AM

The commission is just trying to open up for more crime in Golden Valley, take away the police protection and protect the criminals that is the new liberal America

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stoneageDec. 24, 11 8:20 AM

I lived in Crystal for many years and worked and volunteered within the City departments. It was common knowledge that GV, for some reason, attracted 'cowboy cops'. The City has had some pretty high profile complaints against the police, and removing one of the watchdogs only discredits GV. Shallow move City council.

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susierDec. 24, 11 8:37 AM

It reads as though the 'discussion' was what was considered over the line, which is absurd. The commission has every right to discuss problems in the police force and suggest solutions. If neither side can agree to meet and problem solve, they should all be dissolved.

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kbehmDec. 24, 11 8:39 AM

Sounds like the City Council dismissed them because they were afraid of what the task force might find out.

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JillbergDec. 24, 11 9:02 AM

This action by the Golden Valley city council is extremely disrespectful to the members of the citizen commission. Human Rights Commission members, like those of other local commissions, are volunteers trying to help out their community. The city council smashed them when they dared to say something the council didn't like. Abusive, shocking, and unacceptable.

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