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True Public Safety + Police Accountability in St. Paul, MN

We are the keepers of our own community, and the surest way to fund public safety is to fund people’s futures. Everyone deserves to be safe in our city, no matter who they are. While we must push for policy and practice reforms that advance police accountability, we need to also be vocal and active in the deep, citywide and departmental culture change necessary to make changes on paper true in practice. As someone who has walked alongside people of color whose lives were forever interrupted or lost to police violence, this work is both deeply personal to me and necessary for the very future of our city. The institution of policing is squarely rooted in our nation’s history of chattel slavery, and there is no reimagining of public safety that can take place without acknowledging that this is where we have been. Today, though, we can - and must - urgently seek out the change that we need now.

 

I will work hard on the City Council to promote true public safety for all by:

  • Bringing Ward 4 resident input directly to Chief Axtell and Mayor Carter to produce a comprehensive and community-led use-of-force policy reform, including a required in-depth de-escalation training

  • Ensuring that the Saint Paul Police Department continues to draw a clear line between their duties and that of federal immigration enforcement

  • Working with Saint Paul Police Department to continue efforts to issue significantly more U-Visas so that undocumented people who are victims of a crime can safely receive help

  • Continuing to advocate for the civilian review board to remain a true civilian-only entity

  • Incorporating volunteer and/or city-funded weapons-free resident patrol for large-scale city events, instead of relying on an overly militarized police presence

  • Pursuing a potential citywide pilot program to fund and dispatch trained mental health professionals or social workers in crisis situations first instead of armed police

  • Advocating for mandated regular collection and public release of SPPD data on residents stopped or detained by city police by location, race, age, gender, and more

  • Lead conversation with affected communities on how municipal IDs for all could benefit residents needing access to documentation while we work toward immigration reform

  • Supporting community-led efforts to prevent violence against trans, non-binary and/or gender-nonconforming people in our city from police, residents, business or government