Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. – “This has been a long year. It has been a painful year. For me and my family, it really frustrates me, because your life changed in an instant.” George Floyd, Sunday at assembly Before the first anniversary of her brother’s murder under the knees of a former police officer Derek Chauvin.
The militants were preparing to celebrate Floyd’s life at the crossroads now named after him (George Floyd Square), a year ago when he took a breather last time. On Tuesday, Floyd’s family will travel to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden. Although actions have been taken to change the way of law and order in Minneapolis and communities across the country, residents and activists say this is not enough.
After Chauvin is convicted Vice President Kamala Harris said in the April 20 murder case: “We are relieved. Nevertheless, it cannot eliminate suffering. Measuring justice is not the same as equality and justice. This verdict makes us even more so. Close. And the fact is that we still have work to do,” adding that “we still have to reform the system.”
Biden joins her in urging Congress after George Floyd’s “Policing Justice Act,” drafted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, aimed at ending the use of the gallows, prohibiting detonation orders, legal immunity for police, and police department’s Militarization.
Biden asked Congress to pass the bill before the anniversary on Tuesday, but this is unlikely because the bill is deadlocked in the divided U.S. Senate. Democratic Senator Cory Booker said that “significant progress has been made” but no agreement has been reached and the bill is still at a deadlock.
At the local level, this is almost the same.
Change arrives slowly
Since Floyd’s death, three major proposals have been made to reform the Minneapolis police. First, the Minneapolis City Council proposed the establishment of a public safety department to vote on it in the November city elections. The petition to create a public safety department led by the political committee Yes 4 Minneapolis recently submitted thousands of signatures exceeding the requirements, and hopes to also work towards voters later this year.
Finally, another petition seeking to create a civilian police accountability committee (Jamar) led by the Twin Cities Justice and Justice Alliance is also preparing to vote. The organization was established after Jamar Clark was shot and killed by the Minneapolis police in 2015. But organizers hope it will eventually be eligible to participate in the special election because they are unlikely to complete it before the deadline for the upcoming November general election. Because Minneapolis’s city charter requires a police station and changes to it require the approval of voters, all methods of police reform are done through the ballot box.
Legislative reform runs through the entire system, but the actual changes have not changed much.
“Unfortunately, we are not where we should be,” Michelle Gross, head of the Coalition Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), told Al Jazeera. “In Minneapolis and Minnesota, we simply cannot pass any meaningful police reform legislation. Nothing has changed to prevent the recurrence of the George Floyd incident.
Very like At the national levelA $2.7 billion comprehensive bill aimed at solving public safety issues through police reform and enhanced accountability. The bill was passed by the Democratic-led Minnesota House of Representatives in April, but has since been shelved in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.
“I see that other states have terminated eligible waivers, and there are other issues that will be resolved meaningfully [police killings] Gross said he was referring to a legal defense that would protect the police from certain lawsuits.
She believes that Floyd’s death would not have attracted people’s attention if it weren’t for the bystander video taken by Darnella Frazier. Without it, “after this year and a year, if there is no bystander’s videotape, his family may only start to understand what happened to him.”
Regarding George Floyd Square itself, although Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey promised to reopen the intersection earlier this year, local activists said they would not agree It will reopen until they request it, which includes investing $156 million in community services in the next year. Recall the 10 years of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman (Mike Freeman).
One place that changed and changed quickly was in the Brooklyn Center on the outskirts of Minneapolis. On April 11, former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter shot and killed Daunte Wright. ), Potter was subsequently charged with second-degree intentional homicide. Minnesota prosecutor Keith Ellison (Keith Ellison) has taken over the prosecution of the case.
After Wright was shot, Gross said that Brooklyn Center Mayor Michael Elliott was black and had contact with her and other community groups. Elliott introduced the solution with ACLU and others (PDF format) Was approved in early May, and the Brooklyn Center City Council passed the bill the following week.
Changes include strengthening independent supervision of the police department, prohibiting the arrest of low-level crimes, dispatching an unarmed civilian traffic law enforcement department to resolve minor traffic violations, and finally establishing a new department to oversee public safety. Gross said: “They will create their own 911 call center, so there will be some infrastructure…so it may take 6 to 9 months, but the rest should be easy to put together.”
“[It] A new North Star will be built for our community, which will ensure the safety of all of us. “According to the Star Tribune, Mayor Mike Elliott said. “It says that we, as your elected leaders, are committing ourselves. And you can hold us accountable for achieving these goals.” “