The City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) have agreed to principles governing negotiation of the issues identified in the recent MDHR findings.
The findings, first presented April 27, outline probable cause that the City and the Minneapolis Police Department engage in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act.
After a brief pause in discussions, the City and MDHR returned to the table on June 21 and July 9 for productive and collaborative discussions. On July 14, the parties agreed to a non-binding statement of principles that will guide efforts to reach a court-enforceable settlement agreement this fall. The City and MDHR have several meetings scheduled in August.
“From the very beginning, we welcomed the MDHR investigation knowing that collectively we can work together to get this right,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “I am pleased that the City and MDHR have agreed to this joint statement of principles and continue to have productive conversations. We all want to ensure we address and solve the issues at hand and shift our culture for generations to come.”
“For years, our Black and Brown residents have been telling us about the racism they face daily at the hands of the MPD,” said City Council President Andrea Jenkins. “I stand ready to work with all who are ready to fight for justice, equity and fair treatment for everyone. Most importantly, this includes continued collaboration and negotiation with the MDHR, and I am encouraged that we have reached a joint statement of principles agreement.”