A collective trauma continues to rock communities of color following the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor.
Arradondo has served as interim chief since July 2017 after the former police chief, Janeé Harteau, resigned following the police shooting of an unarmed woman.
On Friday, two officers from the North Minneapolis station, in a predominately African American neighborhood, were put on leave after adorning the Christmas tree with cans of malt liquor, Newport cigarettes, and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen paraphernalia, along with other racist items.
Just three years ago, the Fourth Precinct was the site of an 18-day occupation by activists and community members following the shooting death of Jamar Clark.
“This is a great show of solidarity amongst a variety of groups who have been working to combat police violence,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong.
On August 3, the Justice for June Committee held a news conference at the Minneapolis City Hall Rotunda, citing the officers’ complaint history and their aggressive behavior on the call as reasons why they should be terminated. The committee pointed to the Blevins shooting as part of a bigger cultural problem within the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). They are calling on a third-party investigation.