That’s the cost of police brutality to Minneapolis taxpayers over the past seven years. $4.7 million paid out by the city of Minneapolis in 2011 alone. These payouts by the city are for cases won or settled out of court for misconduct by Minneapolis Police Officers. Currently the city uses your tax dollars to cover all settlements and damages for lawsuits filed against Minneapolis Police Department officers. Taxpayers should no longer have to keep paying out huge amounts of damages when city police officers are found liable for misconduct. What are we proposing?
Just like doctors have to buy malpractice insurance, we think police officers should be required to carry their own professional liability insurance as a condition of employment in the city of Minneapolis. City officials don’t have the guts to hold police accountable but an insurance company that’s on the hook for police misconduct payouts will have no problem doing so. Problem officers would find their insurance rates going up and they will eventually become uninsurable–a great way to help them find another career.
How will we get there? We’re working to collect signatures of registered Minneapolis voters in order to get a charter amendment on the ballot. Once we get the amendment on the ballot, we will need to educate people so the amendment passes.
You Can Help All signatures have to be collected in person, witnessed by the person who collected them. This means we’ll need a small army of people to hit the streets and collect signatures. Keep up to date with campaign activities and petitioning events here. We also need people to help us raise funds, write messages that will appeal to the public, get out press releases, and lots more. Our office is located at 4200 Cedar Avenue South, Suite 5, Minneapolis. Our office hours are Saturdays 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, or by appointment. Come by to sign our petition and to pick up petitions and information to gather signatures. Help us fund this campaign! This is a grassroots effort funded only by individual donations and a few small grants–no big party or corporate money involved. A $50 donation will help us collect 100 signatures, $100 helps us collect 200 signatures. You can donate through our secure GoFundMe account or send a check to CfPP, 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407. PAID AND VOLUNTEER CANVASSER POSITIONS AVAILABLE The Committee for Professional Policing, our political committee that is promoting the charter amendment, is hiring canvassers to collect the 8,000+ signatures of Minneapolis registered voters needed to get this measure on the ballot. Successful candidates enjoy educating people about this important social justice issue and are reliable and somewhat detail oriented. Hours are flexible but involve some evenings and weekends. We will provide you with training and all materials as well as information on locations and events where you can be most successful. We will also pay bonuses for meeting certain goals. There are lots of upcoming events where we need YOUR help! If you would like to get paid or volunteer to help curb police brutality, contact Eric Schiltz at 612-715-8784.