Urban League Twin Cities President Steven Belton responded to findings of a “culture of racism” within the Minneapolis Police Department, uncovered by an investigation of the MPD conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The investigation was launched in June 2020 in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Among the MDHR’s disturbing findings was evidence that 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: