If elected, I will help lead the reconstruction efforts with a big imagination, big heart, and big nuts. We need to begin with a powerful truth and reconciliation commission like efforts done in post-Apartheid South Africa to do extensive community engagement to seek testimonies from thousands of victims of police abuse to document the truth of the extent of oppressive, militarized policing in Minneapolis within America’s structurally racist prison industrial complex. We need to offer police officers the opportunity to testify about the unjust practices they have witnessed and/or participated in that amounts to police misconduct or abuse.
We will create space at the reconstruction table for all stakeholders who are willing and able to collaborate inefficiently, equitably, justly designing our collective future in ways that reduce harm and increase wellness in Minneapolis for all residents, visitors, entrepreneurs, and workers, and both victims of crime and the professional men and women who are paid to be peace officers. Most of us want to have public safety professionals that we can trust, respect, and support in doing the challenging work of preventing or effectively resolving unacceptable acts of crime and violence. Ironically, the people who want this more than those who will vote NO are those of us who have protested the failed and oppressive policing as we’ve known it all our lives.