September 30, 2017 07:36 AM
In 2016, Gov. Mark Dayton decided it was time to face a tense subject: policing in minority communities.
The shooting of Philando Castile played a pivotal in the creation of the Governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations.
"We live in a society that's ever more diverse and a society that's more violent prone than any time in my lifetime," Dayton said.
Community listening sessions were held around the state to provide additional insights about law enforcement and community relations. On Friday, the council released their recommendations.
"I read the summary and the recommendations which I think are excellent," Dayton said.
The recommendations broke down into five categories including criminal justice and social justice reform, police training, diversity recruitment and retention, community and law enforcement health and wellness and policy development and implementation.
"The emphasis on further training on law enforcement in Minnesota is something I would strongly agree with," Dayton said.
The intent is to focus on recommendations that offer long-term benefits for both the residents of Minnesota and law enforcement. Metro State Professor James Densley says, the plan is an ambitious one.
"We do have a problem because many times the community and law enforcement are talking past each other instead of talking to each other," he said.
Updated: September 30, 2017 07:36 AM
Created: September 29, 2017 09:15 PM
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