Public Safety and Justice for All
Making good on our shared commitment to always live in our city’s most challenged neighborhood, Sondra and I moved into the Jordan neighborhood in North Minneapolis shortly after we were married. During the first week in our new house, a bullet shattered a window in the room we were preparing for our first child together. While many would have taken it as a sign to leave, we took it as a sign to organize our neighbors, many of whom wouldn’t have the means to just up-and-leave for a safer neighborhood. In our effort to turn the city’s attention to the impact of gun violence in our community, we demonstrated the power of collective action as we hosted vigils, assembled block clubs, and organized for more safety resources.
We saw progress; and in that spirit Sondra and I have continued our advocacy through these recent, turbulent years. We joined our neighbors in suing the city to provide the required police staffing levels and in leading the fight against Question 2, the amendment put forward in the wake of the Defund the Police movement.
Our communities demand safety and accountability—and I will support legislation that will ensure public confidence in our police departments such as:
With regard to the gun violence plaguing our country, I will fight tirelessly to make our streets safer and call for:
While violent offenders must be properly sentenced in accordance with their crimes, we must admit that for too long, there have been two justice systems in the United States. Black Americans are more likely to be arrested, tried, and convicted of crimes than their white counterparts and often face much stronger sentencing as well. This disgraceful disparity must end. One way I will work toward making justice more just is by ending the War on Drugs which has been disproportionately waged against black Americans, who use drugs at no different rate than other groups of Americans. To do this, I will support legislation that
In addition to supporting these types of legislation, I will also support legislation that changes the way federal courts deal with non-violent, drug-related crimes and work with state and local leaders who seek to reform their own courts as well. These changes include
While we expect those who have perpetrated crimes against our communities to face the penalty of the law, we also ensure the rights of the incarcerated and seek to rehabilitate them during their stay. To this end, I will support legislation that guarantees dignity for the detained and support for their reentry into society that includes