The gun violence in our city is outrageous. 21 children under 18 have been shot in North Minneapolis this year, and ppl are acting like that’s normal. IT’S NOT!!!
I’m working constantly on stopping gun violence, but there are limitations as an individual CM. Here are specific steps I think we need to take more urgently as a City… 🧵
Stop sending Northside police resources to Uptown to protect property and instead concentrate resources on the small # of ppl causing the most harm in our city (targeted enforcement/hot spots policing).
Pair target enforcement with targeted offers of concentrated resources by prioritizing Group Violence Intervention (GVI) & GVI, Jr. fully being rolled out and sustained as a standard operating procedure (based on focused deterrence and problem-oriented policing).
The DEA, ATF, and FBI need to be focused on disrupting the flow of guns being trafficked into the city (based on disrupting a “crime script”).
Do everything possible to inundate our community with youth opportunities - jobs, afterschool programs, mentorship, and the like. This is based on positive youth development and addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Focus on stabilize the housing situations of those most at-risk of perpetuating and/or being victimized by gun violence. This is cited as the #1 issue faced by those trying to get out of a life of crime and violence.
Our current public safety system is a failed social experiment that we just can’t seem to let go. We know what works. There’s more than enough research to show us a path forward. (Parentheses above are evidence-based strategies.)
Now we need the true political will to build systems that actually keep our children safe in this city. We can only do this work together.
I will be convening Northside young people to really dig into this work together. I am also meeting w/@MayorFrey to get an update on his Community Safety and Police Accountability plan. We can’t let this violence be normalized nor accept business as usual to be the answer.

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14 Jun
Rev. Michael Beckwith has said, “Fear escalates negative change; whereas, love escalates affirmative change.” This is so important for us to consider as we are architects of our city’s future.
“Love” here isn’t about sentimentality or attraction. It’s love that’s rooted in service w/o expectation of something in return. It’s the choice to selflessly love. To love our communities in this way is to see them for all their strengths and beauty and build power from there.
To love our communities and city in this way moves us away from operating from a place of deficits, scarcity, and limitation. Whereas, fear drives us deeper into those places. When we make decisions from that place, we are leading negative change. We cause further harm.
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1 May
Today, I attended a prayer vigil for a child shot and critically wounded in our community yesterday. I prayed with the boy’s mom and dad for their son to survive and thrive. I wanted to wait to connect with the family before making a public statement out of respect for them.
Every shooting is an unacceptable tragedy, and it is particularly devastating when children are caught in the crossfire of gun violence. It is more important than ever for us to continue the work of eliminating gun violence in our city.
It’s going to take all of us - we need all hands on deck. Law enforcement collaborating with social service providers and community members.
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12 Apr
My soul is tired. Brooklyn Center PD has dropped off people in my Ward after they’re arrested often miles from their homes without their shoes or phones. This system isn’t reformable - if we are all to be safe, it has to be fundamentally transformed. #JusticeForDaunteWright
I should note for folks watching Mpls from out of town, my Ward in North Minneapolis shares a border with Brooklyn Center. I read in the NYT it’s 10-miles from Mpls. It’s zero miles from the edge of my ward, which is on the edge of the city.
Also, as the North Minneapolis fights gentrification and displacement, oftentimes Black Northsiders end up in BC after being priced out or unable to find housing.
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10 Apr
The status quo is trying to pin “defund the police” on progressives like it’s a scarlet letter. But it’s just a distraction from what we really need to talk about - Our system as it exist doesn’t work, more money won’t change that, and it needs to be fundamentally transformed.
It’s really a shame to see so-called Democrats using Republican talking points to scare people into supporting them.
Folks really keep acting like the Powderhorn Park rally immediately following the death of George Floyd was in a vacuum and is the only thing that has ever happened in policing discourse. The analysis of that event has become deliberately obtuse and devoid of any real meaning.
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8 Jun 20
Clarification: We did not vote to disband the police yesterday. A super majority of the City Council formally announced support for beginning the process of doing so to build new systems of public safety. That distinction matters bc a plan has to be put into place first. 1/
Creating the plan to build new systems of public safety is THE critical component of getting this right. We have to work alongside our amazing Police Chief Rondo and our community to build these new systems and plan to transition to them. 2/
For me, “disband the police” means “end policing as it current exists and build new alternative systems to public safety.” That isn’t easy and is going to take time, but we can do it together. 3/
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