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Friday, July 24, 2015

Contacting City Hall on Police and Race

In the wake of the Sandra Bland tragedy, I emailed my mayor and city council members yesterday with the following: “What are you doing to make sure the police racism problem does not extend to Plymouth?”

So far I’ve heard back with these...

From CM Jim Prom: Mike Goldstein [the Plymouth Police Chief]

From CM Jim Willis: First and foremost the hiring, training and supervision of our officers is designed to ensure that they are professional in their dealing with all persons irrespective of the nature of the contact.

Our police chief has a strong and well deserved reputation for his leadership of our police department.  He is diligent in monitoring and providing ongoing training for all his officers.

If any individual feels our police officers exhibit racist behavior they should immediately bring it to our attention in order that it can be evaluated. Thank you for your inquiry.

From Mayor Kelli Slavik: Thank you for your email. Plymouth has a well trained and highly professional police force, that begins with the leadership and follows through the ranks. I am confident in their ability to be fair and impartial and do their jobs properly. I am copying the police chief on my response.

I replied...

Thank you for getting back to me. I support policies along the lines of this CUAPB checklist: http://www.cuapb.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CUAPB-List-of-31-Actions-for-Minneapolis.pdf