Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Fight Back News (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Opponents of police crimes say no to the Minneapolis Foundation

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Minneapolis, MN – A coalition of police accountability and civil rights organizations held a press conference to denounce plans by Mayor Jacob Frey to turn over police accountability efforts to the Minneapolis Foundation and an unnamed group of advisors. This comes on the heels of nine city council members declaring they will disband the Minneapolis Police Department.

The Minneapolis Foundation is headed by former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak. During his tenure as mayor, 38 people lost their lives at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, including Abu Kassim Jeilani, Fong Lee and Terrance Franklin. Rybak failed to take action to address these killings or the many complaints of police brutality, despite demands from the community. His administration shut down the Civilian Review Authority, first by defunding it then by replacing it with the utterly ineffective Office of Police Conduct Review. He oversaw the MPD’s involvement in the corrupt Metro Gang Strike Force. He condoned rank brutality against protesters and concertgoers in downtown Minneapolis during the Republican National Convention.

Michelle Gross, of Communities United Against Police Brutality, described her experience as chair of a civilian review redesign work group, which spent 11 months developing recommendations to strengthen the civilian review process in the first years of Rybak’s tenure as mayor. He threw out those recommendations and, according to Gross, “under his tenure, he destroyed civilian oversight of police.”

Nekima Levy Armstrong of Racial Justice Network slammed Rybak, who now claims to speak as an expert on police reform. “He had an opportunity when he was mayor of Minneapolis to show any expertise he might have had, and he failed the residents of the city of Minneapolis, and specifically the Black community and other communities of color who suffered many losses at the hands of a violent and out of control police force under his watch… Many of those officers who killed people under RT Rybak’s watch are still on the force to this today.”

Jess Sundin of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar said, “TCC4J is working not only for community review boards, but to expand community oversight to community control of policing in Minneapolis. We are working for an all-civilian police accountability council (CPAC). Not some civilian members, but all civilians. We want that council to not only review after problems happen, after violence has occurred. We want that organization to be responsible for setting police policy, negotiating contracts, for determining budgets. If we’re going to defund the police, if we’re going to dismantle or disband MPD, it needs to be a process that’s led, not by the Minneapolis Foundation and the elite of this city, but led by community members that are most impacted. And that’s something that CPAC can deliver us.”

Other speakers included Jaylani Hussein of CAIR-MN, Noah McCourt of Disability Justice Network, and Pete Gamades, of Minneapolis for a Better Police Contract.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at

Get our Free Ebook, "Suppressed Health Secrets"  with  Natural Cures THEY don't want you to know!

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Organic Hemp Extract (CBD) - Full Spectrum high CBD (3300mg) hemp extract eases stiff joints, relieves stress and more!
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.