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‘Now is the time’ to diversify the MPD

 Veteran officers campaign to bring more women and people of color into the Mpls police force

By Isaac Peterson
Contributing Writer


It is no secret that historically the relationship between the Minneapolis Police Department and communities of color in Minneapolis has been tense, at best. Between brutality, shootings, racial profiling and other problems, the tension has led to the creation of a civilian review board, and even at one point, to federal mediation. Yet the tensions continue. Minneapolis police officer Eric Lukes, a 27-year veteran of the force, is attempting to put into place a long-term solution to improve relations: recruiting more people of color to be on the Minneapolis police force. To that end, with support from the Minneapolis NAACP, Minneapolis Urban League, and the Community Standards Initiative, the first of an undetermined number of events was held Saturday, April 19, at North High school to generate interest in the community to join the force. Continue Reading →

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Zimmerman trial watch






Below is a series of commentaries written by MSR staff writer Charles Hallman exclusively for the MSR Online regarding the George Zimmerman trial. They are being posted several times per week. Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to challman@spokesman-recorder.com


Zimmerman update #16 (July 23, 2013)

It’s been over a week since the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict was handed down. Marches, vigils, and other such events have taken place in its aftermath. “There’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case,” admitted President Obama in his unexpected address to the press last week. Continue Reading →

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No to the Republicrats and Demicans — And no, I ain’t crazy



Malcolm X used to tell a story about how a field slave said, “Let’s run away from here,” but some of the content, satisfied and visionless house slaves responded, “Where can we find a better master [but master nevertheless] than this? Where can we find better clothes [second hand and tattered] than this? Where we gonna get better food [hog guts, scraps from the master’s table] than this? Where you going to go?”

The old field slave said, “I don’t know but anyplace is better than here.”

When talking about this year’s presidential election, I feel like that field slave who couldn’t quite articulate what freedom would exactly look like but knew that his current condition was unsatisfactory. Some folks have talked real bad to me when I have suggested that maybe, just maybe, we should try something new, since most folks have to admit that no real significant changes have been made by either Democratic or Republican administrations on behalf of us Black and poor folks over the last few decades. Continue Reading →

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