a 150 year performance review of the minneapolis police department
For three weeks, our exhibit filled the walls of North Minneapolis’ New Rules space. The exhibit featured work from local artists commissioned to bring MPD150’s 2017 report, “Enough is Enough: A 150-Year Performance Review of the Minneapolis Police Department” to life. What follows are the notes from that conversation, along with some links and resources for people looking to get involved and continue this vital work.
Activists with a group called Reclaim the Block have pushed council members to shift more money from the police department to community programs that emphasize prevention and intervention. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/11/30/mpls-budget-amendment-removes-million-dollars-police “Every dollar that wasn’t spent on police because of that amendment is going to be spent on programs she hopes will make police less necessary.” http://www.citypages.com/news/minneapolis-police-department-budget-cut-by-1m-to-fund-public-safety-programs-instead/501824851
MPD150 presents the audio version of their 2017 report, a 150-year performance review of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Police lying persists, even amid an explosion of video
evidence that has allowed the public to test officers’ credibility.
A police-free Minneapolis is viable and necessary. A few of our core team members spoke with Kim Schneider from the Twin Cities Daily Planet about our vision for getting there.
When cases of police brutality, fabrication of evidence or corruption burst into public view they are inevitably followed by calls for police reform. The demanded changes sometimes produce temporary improvements, though more often, not. In any case are soon eroded, reversed or even turned into instruments of increased police power once the public outcry dies down.