Minnesota House Passes Police Accountability Act
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
SAINT PAUL Today, the Minnesota House approved the Minnesota Police Accountability Act. The legislation, authored by members of the People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) Caucus, contains strong police accountability reforms and measures to ensure racial justice.
Today, we’re beginning to make the overdue changes Minnesotans have been demanding to help ensure no more lives are lost due to police violence, said Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL Saint Paul), bill author and chair of the House Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Division. By passing this bill into law, we’re taking the first steps toward major changes to hold police officers accountable for harmful acts, and we are committed to continuing our work for safer communities. It wasn’t safe for George Floyd or for Philando Castile, and they deserved a better way to police that builds community.
Passing this bill is a major step forward toward reimagining our vision for public safety in Minnesota, and it is rooted in our core values of human dignity and the sanctity of life, which are shared across our state, said Rep. Rena Moran (DFL Saint Paul), chair of the POCI Caucus. The solutions in this bill are urgent, and while it doesn’t include all of the POCI Caucus’s accountability proposals, it sets the foundation for a hopeful future for Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.