Mayor Hodges Statement on ACLU Policing Report
Mayor Committed to Closing City’s Equity Gaps
May 28, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today Mayor Betsy Hodges made the following statement after the ACLU released a report on policing in Minneapolis that found African American and Native American residents are significantly more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses in the city than white residents. Eliminating racial equity disparities in Minneapolis has and continues to be one of the pillars of Mayor Hodges’ administration.
“I ran on the vision of building One Minneapolis, a city where your success and your safety is not determined by your class, race, or zip code,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “I am committed to closing every harmful gap—safety, health, education, income, housing, and employment—where outcomes are worse for people of color than white people.
“This data is another reminder of the work that we have in front of us, the work that I am committed to doing. It comes at a fortuitous time as we are focused on criminal justice reform, particularly when it comes to youth. The more information we have, the better. Our Bloomberg Innovation Delivery Team is going to drill down into existing data to help ensure that the city delivers services more equitably.
“I will continue working with the community and our Police Department to create meaningful change. I applaud council members for their time and efforts on these issue as well. ”
The Mayor and her administration have undertaken the following efforts to improve outcomes for people of color in Minneapolis, specifically to increase community safety and combat youth violence:
· Youth Violence Prevention Initiative: a mix of public health and enhanced law enforcement strategies to better address the root causes of violence and significantly reduce and prevent youth violence. · My Brother’s Keeper: focuses on education outcomes, employment and public safety while aiming to fully include boys and young men of color in Minneapolis’ success. · Cities United: a national collective of cities committed to reducing violence and violent deaths among young African American men. · Promise Zone: a comprehensive, community-driven revitalization strategy that builds on and aligns numerous initiatives to address the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight, and poor educational outcomes. · Juvenile Justice Reform: Minneapolis is receiving technical assistance to increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth through juvenile-justice reform.
Published May 28, 2015