Rybak won't extend police mediation agreement

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 23, 2008 - 11:11 PM

Now the Police Community Relations Council wants action taken against the department for noncompliance.

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uranus86Oct. 24, 0812:04 AM

A document means nothing if it's not backed up with actions. After producing a big document and five years of talking what has changed? Have the police learned yet that they are public servants? Does the public have any real say in police matters now?

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pizann0Oct. 24, 08 1:31 AM

"For nearly five years, a group of Minneapolis police officers and community members has met monthly to complete a landmark federal mediation agreement dealing with police issues such as use of force, diversity and race relations." Diverse--"Different; unlike; dissimilar; distinct; separate." So what is different, or dissimilar in the City of Minneapolis than from, let's say twenty-five years ago (when things were less different and more similar; you know, more homogeneous)? It seems the more dissimilar/diverse the City of Minneapolis becomes, the more the diverse residents (as opposed to the non-diverse) will have "occurrences" with the MPD on the street. Maybe it has something to do with the "diverse" breaking the law, and disrupting the peace?

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krowl855Oct. 24, 08 4:30 AM

The bottom line is, The police held their end of the agreement, came to the meetings, participated, but the self proclaimed community leaders did nothing but grand stand (when they decided to show up).

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calvin4219Oct. 24, 08 5:44 AM

Real leaders don't seek out media exposure. I don't think Moss, Bellecourt, or a handful of other "leaders" actually have the backing of the majority of people they "represent". The true leaders are behind the scenes, making sure things are being done without having to resort to putting their faces in the paper and on TV

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gejoh003Oct. 24, 08 6:13 AM

Thank you Mayor Rybak for not extending the Mediation Compliance Agreement. To extend it would only extend the waste of resources (time and effort) already spent by the members of the Minneapolis Police Department who have attempted to comply with the Dept. of Justice request. I think the Police Dept. needs a 'Thank you' as well for trying to meet the tremendous demands of the entire community of the City.

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sophie13Oct. 24, 08 9:24 AM

I think people may be commenting on things without knowing the full story. Certainly the police have made an effort and it does appear the PCRC at times gets off base. At the same time, it may be that there are honest differences and perceptions. To do this without a facilitator was unrealistic. The agreement should have been better defined. The police may have been too focuse on getting things down on paper without a real dialogue and the PCRC may have missed the point on placing processes in place that will exist after the agreement. Extending it is not unrealistic, perhaps at a lower level with clearer expectations. The role of the PCRC should not be to manage or second guess the police, rather constructive feedback with the police open to making changes. Why not have Don Samuels lead something to pick up the efforts? Nobody is the bad guy here, just some genuine differences.

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allarson73Oct. 24, 08 9:48 AM

I have read many of the minutes and here is my take. Many of the Unity Community Team do not check their emails, they didn't read or understand the points in the agreement and they constantly made unreasonable requests such as information on active investigations or lawsuits. I fully acknowledge the need for strong relationships with Black individuals, Native American individuals and other minorities. Our police should not actively attempt to harrass, abuse or arrest innocent people. However, there is no way to work with a "community representative" if they get called on something and say, I only check my email once or twice a month. Let's get some real community representatives or actual community members together without a formal agreement with minneapolis police and just talk things out from time to time.

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StillkatnOct. 24, 0812:58 PM

As a conservative - I would be the first to bash you - but this is a step in the right direction. We got serious problems in Minneapolis (I live there)and we have tried the "touchie-feelie" BS. It didn't and doesn't work. Being a cop is a tough job. You don't need Monday morning quarterbacking by the idiots who can't control their own "communities". Get with the program or lock em up! Bellecourt and Moss are professional pains in the a$$, who do nothing but piss and moan. Furthermore - I don't believe these "community organizers" have solved ONE problem - but they sure as hell have contributed to them.

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uranus86Oct. 24, 08 1:11 PM

Pizann0 says that only 'diverse' residents have problems with the Minneapolis police? Have you checked any of the major lawsuit payouts the City has made due to brutality against Caucasian residents? If you aren't from the wealthier parts of town your whiteness won't help you. One unarmed white resident had hunks of flesh torn off of him by a K-9 deputy (yes, the dogs are deputized, so that if you try to defend yourself against the City can press charges against you for assaulting an officer).

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StillkatnOct. 24, 08 1:58 PM

Way to deal the race card. Problem is - if a white guy gets chewed on - he probably deserved it. End of story. We don't form a stupid protest group and march on city hall. Nice try though.

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