ULTC President quoted in AP News story about Minneapolis police culture

The Associated Press published a story on its website about the struggles of Chief Medaria Arradondo to change Minneapolis police culture.  ULTC President and CEO Steven Belton is quoted throughout. 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Medaria Arradondo was tapped to lead the Minneapolis Police Department in 2017, he faced a public newly outraged by the fatal police shooting of a woman who had called 911 and still carrying deep mistrust from the killing of a black man two years earlier.

Many hoped Arradondo, the city’s first African American police chief, could change the culture of a department that critics said too frequently used excessive force and discriminated against people of color. He spoke of restoring trust during a swearing-in ceremony that became a community celebration featuring song, dance and prayer in a center close to where he grew up.

Read full story here.

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