St. Paul Mayor, Candidate Push for Police Federation Board Resignation

File photos of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, left, and mayoral candidate Pat Harris, right Photo: KSTP/ File
File photos of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, left, and mayoral candidate Pat Harris, right

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 boardincluding its president, David Titusto 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


Melvin Carter is a St. Paul city council member and the executive director of Gov. Mark Dayton's Minnesota Children's Cabinet. He names economic progress, affordable housing, and investment in infrastructure as a few of his campaign issues.

Tom Goldstein is a shop owner and a neighborhood activist who lives in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul. Community development and environmental stewardship are a couple of his campaign issues.

Currently the senior vice president at BMO Harris Bank, Pat Harris also served on the St. Paul city council for 12 years. Public safety, education and job creation are among the issues Harris wants to take up.

A St. Paul city council member, Dai Thao has said he will prioritize investing in families and safe neighborhoods, tax and economic prosperity, and equity and responsive government.


Elizabeth Dickinson, a public speaker and activist living in St. Paul, has said she wants to promote safe communities, pass a $15-per-hour minimum wage, and energy efficiency.

Tim Holden is a businessman and licensed general contractor and realtor living in St. Paul. Holden has said he wants to focus on economic growth and education.


Rebecca Omastiak

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