Urban League Twin Cities President Steven Belton responds to findings of a “culture of racism” within the Minneapolis Police Department, uncovered by an investigation of the MPD by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.  The investigation was launched in June 2020 in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.  Among its disturbing findings was a report that MPD officers used MPD covert accounts, unrelated to any actual or alleged criminal activity, to seek and gain access to Black individuals’ social media profiles, as well as social media profiles of Black groups and organizations, such as the NAACP and Urban League.

Belton’s commentary on the MDHR report was published on the Opinion Page of the Star Tribune on May 2, 2022.  You can read the full text of his remarks here:

In a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, ULTC President Steven Belton called on the state to provide a comprehensive and accurate assessment of COVID-19’s impact on African Americans in order to limit the duration and severity of this pandemic. Belton called on the Governor, as well as Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan and the Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm to publicly release de-identified/aggregate demographic data, including race, on who has received COVID-19 diagnostic testing, who has tested positive, and the clinical disposition of those who tested positive, including recovery and death.

Said Belton, “We must act now to save lives.”

Read Belton’s Letter to the Governor Here.

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