1 on 1: Harteau Discusses Changes, Future 1 Year after Jamar Clark's Death

November 16, 2016 05:56 AM

One year after Jamar Clark's death and the ensuing 18-day occupation of the Minneapolis Police Department's 4th Precinct, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reporter Josh Rosenthal sat down with Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau to discuss the past year, changes within the department, and the department's future. What follows are edited excerpts from the interview.

The Year in Review

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Rosenthal: Has your perception of the community changed in the past year?

Harteau: No. But I would say that there are communities within communities, and so there isn't just a community.

Rosenthal: Do you believe that the community trusts the Minneapolis Police Department?

Harteau: Not everybody is gonna trust the police department, so you have to ask individuals, but I would say that what I'm hearing from, the majority of this community, has absolute trust in their police department."

Rosenthal: Do you believe that this is a better department than it was a year ago?

Harteau: I think everyday this is a better department because we're constantly growing and evolving and we're proactive about it."


Rosenthal: What specific changes has your department undergone in the year since?

Harteau: If we're going to look at something that would really be on the heels of Nov. 15, that would be the implementation of the police community support team ... oftentimes we have false narratives that are out there that become challenging and once they're out there on social media, it's really hard to pull it back. So to have community members respond, and we give them timely accurate information and they can give that to neighborhoods and community members, that's been very helpful and Ron is one of those members that does respond."

Ronald Edwards, community member invited to interview by Harteau: At age 77, that's what I do. I get up and do what has to be done.

The Future

Rosenthal: Does anything else need to change?

Harteau: "I think we constantly need to be evolving and becoming better and that's what we do, and that's what we have been doing for many years ... Nov. 15 was an outcome nobody wanted, nobody wanted. And so how do we move forward from that? That's what we're trying to do.

Harteau also cited changes the department has undergone in the last year, which she says were already in progress before Clark's death. Those include deescalation training, procedural justice training, and implicit bias training for officers.


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