Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

2002-2003: Shutdown


The CRA entered a period of standstill during a twenty-month period in 2002 and 2003. Minneapolis elected officials, “had been hearing from the community that the current review process was perceived to be ineffective,” despite contrary assurances from the CRA’s Executive Director. 

Based on these concerns and on budget constraints, the Minneapolis City Council closed the CRA office in early 2002, directed the City Coordinator to convene an action group to redesign a review process in April 2002, and assigned the interim operation of the CRA to the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights in August 2002. 

Several months later, the action group approved fifteen recommendations related to civilian review. These recommendations served as the foundation for the Civilian Review Redesign Plan, which was submitted to the Health and Human Services Committee of the Minneapolis City Council in December 2002. The report proposed changes to the CRA’s governing ordinance to allow for more staff, additional Board members, a revamped hearing process, and an increased budget.

Last updated Feb 10, 2017



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