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.
DOJ INVESTIGATION OF THE MINNEAPOLIS POLICE
The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the Minneapolis Police and City of Minneapolis. They are looking at use of force by the police and whether the police engage in racial discrimination. They are also looking at use of force against protesters and police treatment of people with disabilities, including people living with mental illness. We have asked them to also look into MPD treatment of people experiencing homelessness and the MPD’s poor quality of investigations into murders of people of color.
We know, of course, that Minneapolis police use excessive force and engage in racial profiling and discrimination. We know that protesters, homeless people and people with disabilities are mistreated. We also know that the City almost never holds cops accountable. So this investigation is a welcome thing. Our goal as a community is to make sure the DOJ gets the information they need to uncover the truth about Minneapolis policing.
What will come out of this investigation?
If the investigation is done well, the DOJ will learn about the many issues with policing in Minneapolis. They will put 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. 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.
- Tell your story to the DOJ.
- Help us collect other people’s stories.
Attend one of these events to tell your story and share your ideas for a powerful consent decree. These events will be held at 6 pm each night and we will serve dinner. Bring a chair or blanket.
- Friday June 11 at Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave S
- Monday June 21 at North Commons Park, Golden Valley Rd at Logan Ave
- Wednesday July 7 (VIRTUAL—Event link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/93230844891 or dial in at 651 372 8299. Meeting ID: 932 3084 4891)
- Friday July 23 at East Phillips Park, 2399 17th Ave S
- Monday, August 9 at Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave S
- Friday, August 27 at Theo Wirth Park, Glenwood Ave at Xerxes Ave
These are just the first of many events we will hold to hear from the community.
You can also contact the DOJ directly to tell your story. Call 866-432-0268 or email [email protected]
This is an important opportunity to address our policing issues—we all need to be part of the solution!
ENDING POLICE-ONLY RESPONSES TO MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CALLS
When police respond to mental health crisis calls, the results can be disastrous. People needing help end up in jail, or worse. Police officers themselves don't want to respond to these calls. CUAPB has written a white paper on ending this practice. It is a definitive guide to ensuring that people experiencing mental health crises get care, not criminalization.
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Want to get involved? The best way is to attend our weekly meetings.
CUAPB Weekly Meetings
Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are continuing to meet but by conference call. Email [email protected] for the call-in number.
We're an all-volunteer organization and do a ton of work with people power. However, funds are needed for office costs, phones for our hotline, copwatch equipment, court filing fees, assistance to families dealing with the effects of police brutality, and other expenses. You can help! Please mail your donations to 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 or donate through our Paypal account by clicking on the button on this page.
Thanks so much for supporting us. We are 100% committed to empowering the community and ending police brutality but we can only do what we do with your support.