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.
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 are starting a monthly 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 our first edition. 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.
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.
- Use this form to share your experience with the DOJ.
- Help us collect other people’s experiences.
Attend one of these events to share your experiences and your ideas for a powerful consent decree. We will serve dinner. Bring a chair or blanket.
- Thursday, October 14 at 6 pm, Virtual (Link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/3427090492, Meeting ID: 342 709 0492)
- Thursday, October 28 at 6 pm, Virtual (Link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/3427090492, Meeting ID: 342 709 0492)
These are just some 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
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.
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.