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October 27, 2017 05:53 AM
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and a mayoral candidate endorsed by the city's police federation are now calling for that union's board to resign.
Mayoral candidate Pat Harris's calls for leadership to step down follow an exchange of accusations between the police organization and another mayoral candidate, Melvin Carter III.
Police federation leaders say Carter has yet to provide the serial numbers for two handguns stolen from his home. A suspect in that burglary has been arrested.
However, Carter's campaign manager says the federation's actions are a "racist attack" and show how people of color are presumed guilty.
Coleman is also echoing that call for the board—including its president, David Titus—to resign. He released a statement regarding the topic, which reads:
David Titus and the board of the Saint Paul Police Federation have embarrassed the good men and women of the Saint Paul Police Department for too long. The racist attacks and hollow apologies of the last two days may have been aimed at one candidate, but they affect all people of color, and all people of character. They are not worthy of Saint Paul.
I am calling on the board of the Federation to resign. The time has come for new leadership who understand that their role is to build bridges, not deepen divides.
Titus released a statement in response to Coleman, which reads:
We appreciate Mayor Coleman's new found interest in St. Paul after spending so much on his gubernatorial campaign. I only wish he focused that concern on the tragic levels of crime the people he is supposed to represent are dealing with.
St. Paul Mayoral Candidates
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Updated: October 27, 2017 05:53 AM
Created: October 27, 2017 05:47 AM
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