Communities United Against Police BrutalityTM is a Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. We work on the day-to-day abuses as well as taking on the more extreme cases. Our overriding goal is to create a climate of resistance to abuse of authority by police organizations and to empower local people with a structure that can take on police brutality and actually bring it to an end. We provide support for survivors of police brutality and families of victims so they can reclaim their dignity and join the struggle to end police brutality.
JONES DAY OUT OF MINNEAPOLIS!
Jones Day is the fifth largest law firm in the US. They mostly represent large corporations but in the last election, they represented the Trump campaign in lawsuits trying to overturn the election results.
Jones Day has virtually taken over the government of the City of Minneapolis, working in the city attorney's office to prosecute protesters and others, defend the city against lawsuits by people hurt by police, and process complaints against the police in the Office of Police Conduct Review. They are negotiating the police federation contract for the city, and ensuring police get PTSD payouts. They are also defending the city against the US Department of Justice and Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigations. In other words, they are trying to stop the city from making progress on improving policing and ending police violence.
Initially, they were working for free for the city but have now secured contracts where they are being paid $500 or more an hour for work that should be done by the city attorney's office and other city staff for far less.
We don't need corporate hacks running our city and preventing us from holding the MPD accountable, all while grossly overcharging us. Tell Mayor Frey and the City Council: JONES DAY OUT OF MINNEAPOLIS NOW!
- Flyer: Jones Day Exposed!
- Podcast: Jones Day's Takeover of Minneapolis
- Sign our Petition: Jones Day OUT Now!
STOLEN LIVES JUSTICE FUND
We refer to people who have lost their lives through the actions of law enforcement as Stolen Lives. CUAPB helps many families of stolen lives to gather evidence in their cases, hire an attorney, deal with media, etc. We also operate a fund to help pay for independent autopsies, investigators, legal fees and other needs that allow families to achieve a measure of justice.
We have started a newsletter that will feature cases we are working on and the impact of the Stolen Lives Justice Fund in the lives of families. Please check out these editions. Please consider supporting the fund by becoming a monthly sustainer. Your help makes a world of difference to the families of people lost to police violence.
Stolen Lives Justice Fund Newsletter #1 (October 2021)
MDHR and DOJ INVESTIGATIONS of the MINNEAPOLIS POLICE
The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) recently completed an investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department. You can read the result of their investigation here.
The US Department of Justice is in the midst of their investigation of the Minneapolis Police. Like the MDHR, they are looking at the use of force by the police and whether the police engage in racial discrimination. They are also looking at the use of force against protesters and police treatment of people with disabilities, including people living with mental illness. We have asked them to look into MPD treatment of people experiencing homelessness and the MPD’s poor quality of investigations into murders of people of color.
Our goal is to make sure these investigations are informed by the experiences and demands of the community.
What's the timeline for these investigations?
The MDHR investigation is complete. The DOJ investigation is expected to continue until the end of 2022.
What will come out of these investigations?
The MDHR is putting together a consent decree--a list of required changes. The consent decree will then be presented in court and Minneapolis will be ordered to follow it. The city risks sanctions (fines) if they don't follow it. The MDHR is gathering community input and expects to submit the consent decree to the court in September. They will also select a monitor
If the DOJ investigation is done well, they will learn about the many issues with policing in Minneapolis. They will also put together a consent decree. If the city doesn’t follow it, the federal government could take over our police department, a process called receivership.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Help decide what should become part of the consent decree.
- Use this form to share your experience and ideas with the MDHR and DOJ.
- Help us collect other people’s experiences and ideas.
You can also report your experiences with the Minneapolis Police directly to the DOJ. Call 866-432-0268 or email [email protected]