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.


Minneapolis Police Federation and City Propose 21.7% Pay Increase for Brutal Cops: We Say HELL NO!

Our organization and its members urge the Minneapolis City Council to vote against approving the Minneapolis Police Federation collective bargaining agreement in its current form.  There are several reasons this contract as negotiated is unacceptable.  What follows are excerpts from our letter to the City Council.  You can see the whole letter here.

  • The City’s position on coaching—which is in dispute in the courts and which research has shown is being used to address even high-level offenses—is codified in Section 12.01 of the agreement. This serves only to avoid disciplining cops and to veil in secrecy the results of most complaints.

  • Section 12.03 of the agreement continues the practice of notifying police officers when someone asks about their personnel data. No other employees receive such notices. This notification then allows the officers to ask for information on the requester, chilling the rights of people to request data on officers under MN Stat. Chap. 13.

  • There are several instances where terms of the agreement confer powers to the Police Chief that belong to the Mayor or City Council in violation of the City Charter and Code of Ordinances. No contract can take away powers designated to elected officials under the Charter and give them to the Chief.

The MPD collective bargaining agreement includes a 21.7% cumulative pay increase.  An officer who has been with the agency for 12 months—in other words, an officer who just completed probation—will have a starting salary of $ 92,693 by July of next year.

Salary of Officer at End of Probation Period (Step 2)

Current

Jan-23

Jul-23

Jan-24

Jul-24

Jan-25

Jul-25

$ 76,177

$ 78,081

$ 79,253

$ 82,819

$ 87,375

$ 89,558

$ 92,693

The following are median salaries of police officers, including experienced officers, in other locations.  For comparison purposes, we include the populations of each area.  The population of Minneapolis in 2024 from that same source (World Population Review) is listed as 419,508.

City

Median Police Salary[i]

Population[ii]

Note[iii]

Indianapolis, IN

 $      62,500

1903335

 

Kansas City, MO

 $      62,900

510411

 

Cleveland, OH

 $      63,100

351397

 

Milwaukee, WI

 $      63,569

550099

 

Detroit, MI

 $      64,944

603410

 

Chicago, IL

 $      67,400

2590002

 

New York, NY

 $      75,100

19795791

37.9% higher COL

San Francisco, CA

 $      83,000

746481

25.9% higher COL

The starting salary of $92,693 places officer pay far above the 2024 median household income (family of 4) for Minneapolis of $ 70,099.[iv]

[i] All figures from Salary.com and reflect the median salary, not the starting salary.

[ii] All figures from WorldPopulationReview.com.

[iii] Cost of living figures from Numbeo.com and reflect the differences in cost of living between the listed cities and Minneapolis.

[iv] 2024 median income for a household of 4 in Minneapolis, MN per the US Census.

It is unconscionable to give a 21.7% pay increase to members of a department that cost the city at least $71,319,324 since 2019 (with more to come) in misconduct lawsuits and over $30 million in phony PTSD settlements. As a result, the city is facing a $21.6 million budget deficit and sharp increases in property taxes. That level of pay increase should be reserved for a police force that shows an appropriate level of service and accountability to the community.

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MDHR Consent Decree with Minneapolis

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) completed an investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department.  You can read the result of their investigation here.  The MDHR found widespread discrimination and problem conduct.  As a result, they negotiated a consent decree with the city.  A consent decree is a court-enforceable agreement for a list of changes the city and police department must make. 

The consent decree is made up of 13 parts that address many areas of policing including non-biased policing, use of force, searches, seizures and arrests, accountability, and other important aspects of the MPD’s interactions with the community.  Also included are measures on training and officer wellness.  Some parts are very good, others are weak and deferential to the MPD.  Our analysis of the agreement is here.

What does all of this mean for the community?

The agreement between MDHR and the city was signed by Judge Karen Janisch on July 13, 2023.  Although the community was allowed no role during the negotiations, Judge Janisch ruled that the only way the community could intervene in the case is through amicus "friend of the court" briefs.  CUAPB and two other organizations went through enormous effort and expense (filing fees alone were over $500) to submit briefs.  Our brief is here.  Our concern is that the agreement includes a provision that allows the police federation contract to override the agreement.  It also defines coaching as an acceptable way to deal with serious complaints, keeping them secret--the very issue that is in court right now.  Despite telling the community that the only way we could have a say in the agreement is through an amicus brief, Judge Janisch disrespectfully tossed all of the briefs by claiming the community was trying to get her to "blue line" parts of the agreement when what we specifically asked is for her not to approve it until the MDHR and city fixed it.

All this means that the ONLY way the community can have any involvement in this agreement is to show up at every opportunity to hold the city and MDHR accountable for real change.  We will have to watch this process closely every step of the way. 

What's next?

The city and MDHR have selected Effective Law Enforcement for All (ELEFA) for the Independent Evaluator (monitor).  The city must finalize a contract with them by March 9, 2024.  We have asked the city council to hold a public hearing on the contract.

ELEFA is a strong choice with experience monitoring consent decrees in other cities.  The goal now is to make sure this team works extensively with the community and hears our voices. Monitoring CANNOT be about just checking the boxes of what the city says it has accomplished--ELEFA has to verify with the community that the changes are actually happening in the streets.

City Already Showing Defiance

The city is already engaging in actions to defy the consent decree.  The city put former interim chief Amelia Huffman in charge of implementing the consent decree.  They created a special new position--with a big salary--just for her.  This is the same Amelia Huffman who has been steeped in the violent, racist culture of the MPD for decades.  While she was acting police chief, she promoted multiple people with very serious issues including a guy who was previously fired. She is not the person to fix the problems she helped create.  See our Hell No to Huffman! flyer.

The city also held hearings on various policy changes, including use of force, but didn't have the language of the new policies available for the community to review.  How can we discuss new policies if we can't see them?

Even with the MDHR consent decree in place, Minneapolis police have continued to make improper traffic stops for equipment violations.  Charges in one such stop had to be thrown out but the city tried to argue that the stop was okay because there wasn't an Independent Evaluator in place at the time of the stop.

How you can be involved:

As the city begins to work on implementing the requirements of the consent decree, ELEFA must check in regularly with the community about how the city is doing.  Take advantage of every opportunity to give them an honest assessment about whether the city and the MPD are making the changes that need to be made.

The bottom line is that it is still up to the community to make sure the MDHR consent decree and potential DOJ consent decree bring about the changes we need.

  • Attend any hearings and give your input on the upcoming DOJ consent decree.
  • Share your input with ELEFA at every opportunity.

DOJ INVESTIGATION of the MINNEAPOLIS POLICE

On June 16, 2023 the US Department of Justice released their report on their investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.  They looked at the use of force by the police and whether the police engaged 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.  They found unequivocal proof of widespread use of excessive force, discrimination against Black and Indigenous people, violations of people's First Amendment rights, and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the city's treatment of people experiencing mental health crises.

We contributed over 2300 written testimonies from the community and provided them with several opportunities to meet with the community to inform their investigation.  We also took all that we learned from our community events and crafted a People's Consent Decree.  It's easy to see that the community's input is deeply embedded in the report.  You can see our press conference about the report here.

What will come out of this investigation?

The outcome will be a consent decree--a court-enforceable agreement with a list of required changes.  The consent decree will then be presented in court and Minneapolis will be ordered to follow it.  The court will appoint a monitoring team to determine if the city is making strides toward implementing the required changes.  The city risks sanctions (fines) if they don't.  Ultimately, if the city fails to make the changes required by the consent decree, the federal government could take over our police department, a process called receivership.

Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Email [email protected] or leave a message at 866-432-0268 to share your input.
  • Help decide what should become part of the consent decree.

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

People with untreated mental illnesses are a staggering 16 times more likely than others to be shot and killed by police.  Fully 50% of people killed by police had a disability

The most appropriate responders to mental health crisis calls are mental health crisis teams.  The Mental Health Work Group of CUAPB is working to end police-only responses to mental health crises.  We passed Travis' Law to ensure 911 call centers send mental health crisis teams to these calls.  We need help to understand how well counties across the state are implementing Travis' Law.

-->TELL US ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS RESPONSE IN MINNESOTA<--

We are working on a project to understand how well Travis' Law is being implemented.  If you or a family member have had a mental health crisis encounter since September 2021, please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.  THANK YOU!


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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
We have gone back to in-person meetings but have call-in and video conferencing options.  Email [email protected] for information on joining the meeting remotely.

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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.

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