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 get a charter amendment on the November 2014 ballot. To do this, we need to collect 15,000 signatures of registered Minneapolis voters by May 2014. Once we get the amendment on the ballot, we 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. 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 Wednesdays 11 am to 1 pm, Thursdays 5 pm to 8 pm, and Saturdays 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Come by during those times (or call us to set up another time) to sign our petition and to pick up petitions and information to gather signatures.
Help us fund this campaign! A $25 donation will help us collect 100 signatures, $100 helps us gather 400 signatures. You can donate through our secure WePay account or send a check to CfPP, 4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407.