Written by Elyse Rau, Liz Stone, and Maggie Sweeney (Email: socialists_us AT yahoo.com), May 2004
Minneapolis Police Department has continually faced allegations of misconduct,
most seriously (and alarmingly frequently) these incidents record brutality,
false arrests, and even wrongful death suits have been filed!
Although a few channels exist for complaints, many community members have
felt their grievances have gone unnoticed, unheard, or are not given the
legitimacy or follow-up that they deserve."
- From the Overview of this Project
The following papers cover the background of Minneapolis Police-Community conflict, current efforts to address the conflict, and the authors' additional suggested processes for transforming the conflict. Elyse Rau, Liz Stone, and Maggie Sweeney wrote the following papers as a part of a Conflict Resolution class at the University of St. Thomas in the Spring 2004 semester.
Table of Contents:
1. Overview of the Project
Note: This gives a two page summary of the full paper. Written by Maggie Sweeney.
2. Background to the Conflict
Introduction to the conflict
- History and Origins of the Conflict
- Significant Actors Involved
- The Minneapolis Police Department
- The Minneapolis Civilian Community
- The City of Minneapolis
and Organizations Relevant to the Conflict
- Local Organizations
- Power Structures
- Outside Parties
Line – Chronology of Key Events
3. Prospective Resolutions
Civil Suit against the City of Minneapolis
Community – Police Partnerships
Community – Police Partnerships/Education
Use of the Media