Minneapolis City Council Member Proposes Moving 4th Precinct

November 02, 2018 06:07 PM

In the last few years, the 4th Precinct has been a lightning rod of anger and frustration for a number of residents in the community

The death of Jamar Clark on Nov. 15, 2015, didn't create those emotions,  but the incident helped push things to a boiling point. The shooting sparked weeks of protest outside the 4th Precinct and more violence. Now, there is talk of moving the precinct. 


"For me it's a question of is it going to be something that continues its legacy of the fortress, that kind of thing, or are we going to do something that the community feels like they drove and made decisions about," Ward 5 Council Member Jeremiah Ellison said. 

He said conversations are happening within the council to relocate the precinct, but it's unclear where or when. 

"For my purposes, there's no proposed site. The building is expiring, what's the future," he said. 

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VJ Smith, a longtime community activist with the group Mad Dads, supports relocating. He said when the former community center closed and the police station was moved in it changed the neighborhood.  

"Not only did we lose the businesses that were owned by African Americans and [the] Jewish community after the riots and all that. But we lost that economic engine and we lost that community support and we lost the building of families," he said. 

So what's the City Council's next move?

"I think to continue the conversation," Ellison said.  

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