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Statement from the Minneapolis City Council on Department of Human Rights Action

George Floyd should be alive today.

Mr. Floyd’s death is just one instance of unthinkable violence against Black men by law enforcement generally and the Minneapolis Police Department specifically. Our community, especially communities of color, has a deep mistrust of law enforcement given the actions of Minneapolis police officers over decades.

We welcome and fully support the Minnesota Department of Human Rights’ robust investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department. We urge the state to use its full weight to hold the Minneapolis Police Department accountable for any and all abuses of power and harms to our community and stand ready to aid in this process as full partners. The City Council’s oversight of the Minneapolis Police Department has been historically constrained by the City Charter and state law and we welcome new tools to pursue transformational, structural changes to how the City provides for public safety. We look forward to doing this critical work with our partners at the state, continuing to support the leadership of Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, and ensuring that community voices are fully centered in the process announced today.

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About the City Council

The Council is the legislative branch of the City of Minneapolis.  Its thirteen members—each elected from separate wards—work collectively, and in partnership with the Mayor, to enact local laws and public policies that strengthen and preserve the health, safety, and welfare of the community.

As an extension of representational duties, each Council Member serves on a number of outside organizations, associations, and groups. These additional duties enable the City Council to participate in metropolitan, regional, statewide, and national matters that impact Minneapolis and the quality of life for its residents. 

City Council Leadership

Council President Lisa Bender
Council President is elected by Council Members and is responsible for setting Council policies and priorities, managing the Council schedule, referring matters to the appropriate standing committees, and appointing the chairs, vice-chairs, and members to the various standing committees.

Council Vice-President Andrea Jenkins
Council Members also elects a Vice-President. The Vice-President acts as Council President whenever he or she is unable.

Majority Leader Andrew Johnson (DFL)

Minority Leader Cam Gordon (Green Party)

City Vision and Goals

On April 6, 2019, the Mayor and City Council adopted the City’s vision, values, goals and strategic directions that will guide the City’s work for the next four years.

Last updated Jun 9, 2020



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