Category Archives: Police-Community Relations

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 21, 2017
 
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Safiya Jafari Simmons
Safiya@policingequity.org

 

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  
NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Center for Policing Equity released the following statement on the resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau:
“Having partnered with the Minneapolis Police Department for several years, we are hopeful that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ request for the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau is accompanied by a deepening commitment to the reforms already begun in the department.
“This course correction should include an acceleration of some of the changes that were already in place: improvement in data collection; training on implicit bias; and analytics that target solutions for racial disparities in policing.
“Unexpected changes are inevitable in the pursuit of reform.  Minneapolis is one of the cities in the National Initiative to Build Community Trust and Justice, and as a result, one of the cities in our National Justice Database.  It was the face of police reform in Minnesota, and announcements like this often have the unintended consequence of slowing progress.
“We hope this development does not become a setback for the values of equality, justice, and science-based reform that Minneapolis has moved to embrace.”
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Latinos In Three Cities Are Reporting Fewer Crimes Since Trump Took Office

There is historical precedent for immigration policies’ affecting reporting among undocumented immigrants. Salt Lake City encountered similar issues when the state legislature debated a bill that would require local law enforcement to detain unauthorized immigrants, recalled Chris Burbank, the [director or law enforcement engagement at the Center for Policing Equity and] police chief at the time. “What we found was, not surprisingly, undocumented individuals would be less likely to report crimes,” he said in an interview. “We had children go missing … but their parents wouldn’t call the police. We heard about them from neighbors.”  Read more here.

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Order of Maximum Charges for Drug Offenses

NEW YORK, NY — The Center for Policing Equity released the following statement in response to Attorney General Sessions’ order for federal prosecutors to seek maximum charges for drug offenses:

“Attorney General Sessions’ latest order is a sad confirmation of his intention to erode the progress civil rights organizations have made to advance criminal justice reform over the past several years.

“His across-the-board mandate to federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for drug offenses will undoubtedly have disproportionately negative consequences on the most vulnerable communities—the communities that most need our help. It is an affront to justice, a wound to public safety, and a stunning retreat from the wisdom that science and police executives have accumulated together.”

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