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BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE NEEDLESSLY SWEPT INTO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

STOP OVER PROSECUTION OF PEOPLE OF COLOR.

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TWO TRAGIC EXAMPLES ARE GEORGE FLOYD AND ERIC GARNER. POLICE THOUGHT THEY WERE, AT MOST, PASSING A FAKE $20 BILL AND SELLING INDIVIDUAL CIGARETTES. NEVERTHELESS THE POLICE USED DEADLY FORCE, STRANGLING BOTH, OVER SENSELESS MISDEMEANOR ARRESTS.

 

MISDEMEANOR ARRESTS AND PROSECUTIONS ARE EXPENSIVE. FROM THE POLICE OFFICERS TO THE PROSECUTORS TO THE COURT STAFF, IT COSTS THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO PROSECUTE EACH PETTY CRIME. 

 

NOW, WE HAVE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO STOP OVER-PROSECUTION. MINNEAPOLIS IS MAKING SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO THE BUDGET. TELL CITY COUNCIL TO CUT THE COMMUNITY PROSECUTION TEAM, WHICH PROSECUTES HOMELESS PEOPLE FOR NON-VIOLENT, “NUISANCE”OFFENSES SUCH AS PUBLIC URINATION OR SLEEPING ON A PARK BENCH. WE DON’T NEED TO PROSECUTE THE HOMELESS TO BE SAFE. YOU CAN EMAIL EVERY CITY COUNCIL MEMBER HERE

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