“Police Reform” is suddenly the hot ticket in Minneapolis’ mayoral “race”:
State Rep. Ray Dehn has called for police to be “disarmed.”
Mayor Betsy Hodges just ousted her embattled police chief.
Nekima Levy-Pounds is demanding a “paradigm shift” in police culture in Minneapolis.
Police reform is suddenly moving to the forefront of the race for mayor in Minneapolis, propelled there most recently after an officer on July 15 shot and killed an unarmed woman, Justine Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home. Candidates for mayor, a job directly responsible for the police department, are scrambling to explain to voters how they will change the Minneapolis Police Department and prevent civilian deaths at the hands of cops.
My two cents: empty fairy-land gestures, “sending messages” and organization-speak are what they amount to now, and all they’ll ever amount to. It’s DFL politics. The message is the medium.