Mpls. Police Chief Issues Statement on MPD Incidents

Updated: 08/02/2013 8:36 PM By: Cassie Hart

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau issued the following statement regarding recent MPD incidents.

“I made it clear when I accepted the role of Police Chief that building a strong culture of respect and community partnership in this department was Priority One. Like the rest of the community, I was appalled by the Green Bay video footage shown on local news stations. Countless members of this department have also expressed their outrage and anger to me.  While state law does not allow me to comment on the specifics of personnel matters, I know that any police misconduct does major damage to the progress we have made to build public trust.  Unfortunately, it also overshadows the great work that is done by the members of this department daily.  The bottom line is that there is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind within the MPD. It will not be tolerated, period.  You can trust that I will ensure all incidents are investigated completely and when misconduct is found my response will be decisive.

 Working with Velma Korbel, Minneapolis’ Civil Rights Director, I will be engaging cultural and faith leaders to come together in the coming weeks and begin a dialogue on how we can move forward to rebuild trust with all Minneapolis communities. In addition, our new Police Conduct Oversight Commission will be appointed and working by September. My intention is to – again with Director Korbel  – utilize that group of community members as a sounding board for ideas about how to build stronger connections and understanding between the MPD and the community.”