Minneapolis Police Department must change

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 10, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Talk must lead to action, results in city’s troubled police department.

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bluedevil101Aug. 10, 13 5:05 PM

Neither the Mayor, Governor of Chief has any ideas as to how to protect our fellow citizens on the North side. At this point, why should any resident on the North side call the police for any reason? There are questions as to if the police are giving their best effort when it comes to that part of the city. Unit the leadership of the city and state develop and put into practice ideas to help protect all of our citizens the city will remain divided. I am a white conservative--and I believe that the state has to offer protection to ALL citizens.

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tkmencelAug. 10, 13 6:54 PM

Seriously bluedevil101??? May I suggest you go on a ride-a-long and not just one, go on a couple with a couple different officer; I think then you may have a different opinion of the hard and difficult job the police have. Maybe, even realize that they not only care about their job and people of all the communities they serve but they perform their duties quite well.

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simplicity1Aug. 10, 13 9:09 PM

Minneapolis is on the road to Detroit. I hope I have moved far enough away.

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owatonnabillAug. 10, 1311:31 PM

): "A lie, repeated often enough, becomes the truth". Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was onto something there. Now owatonnabill isn't saying that what the Strib is saying is (or isn't wholly, anyway) a lie, but you can all bet your sweet collective bippies that the Strib is gonna wring every last bit of mileage out of this that they can. Read on, merry readers! Just remember ol' Vlad's words as you do.

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rshacklefordAug. 11, 13 4:09 AM

(article quote): "The response to this latest rash of problems? Chief JaneƩ Harteau and other city leaders deplored the racial slurs and said the behavior of the officers involved would not be tolerated." ---- I truly believe in this MPD chief. I think that she will continue to excise the officers who do not meet MPD standards as she has shown/proven that she can. Give her some time. It is a very large department and will require some time.

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Douglind33Aug. 11, 13 6:35 AM

As a career training specialist, I question how training of any kind is going to change the behavior of officers who commit aggressive acts against citizens. You weed these people out. Training is a useless placebo for officers with deep seated personal issues.

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lakimAug. 11, 13 7:41 AM

It is clear, as is always the case, that some will deny or condone and defend hateful acts of police. Some of this is for sinister reasons. People have negative feelings about minorities seared into there psyche by a culture and a country with a history of practiced racial hatred. This is undeniable. It is also the very reason we have this problem of rogue police officers. Only unrelenting action by good people can change the culture of denial and hate.

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raybeamAug. 11, 13 7:51 AM

There should be zero tolerance for officers who lie. How is it that there are police officers of the MPD who video shows have clearly and undeniably filed false reports in the past yet they are still employed? Now again, the future integrity of the officers involved in Green Bay and Apple Valley should be questioned. They were off-duty but they gave statements to the local police officers that is contradicted by surveillance video. Isn't it a crime to lie to a police officer?

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borisbadenovAug. 11, 13 8:15 AM

The facts are that there are very few racist cops, and while the goal should be to not have any this is really overblown. If the so-called community leaders and activist worked as hard to fix their own "communities" as they do to fix a very small issue in the police force maybe we would finally see positive change.

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borisbadenovAug. 11, 13 8:17 AM

If you are a white, middle aged cop and see others promoted before you based on race, gender and sexuality you are naturally going to feel resentment against others.

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