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After Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond, it's time to decide who runs this town.

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Justine Damond “was the bright light the world needed today,” cried out friend Denise Houser as she visited the makeshift memorial that was left at the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Damond on Saturday night. Elizabeth Flores; Star Tribune 

  • I say it's us civilians, and we insist on the reforms the Police Department resists and its political patrons have shrunk from. 
  • Right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.
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Richard G. Carlson, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_1.jpg July 18, 2017 | Thomas Falloon, one of my paternal great-great-grandfathers, arrived here in Minneapolis from Ireland around the time of the Civil War. His daughter, my great-grandmother Priscilla, was born in Minneapolis in 1866. A maternal great-grandfather, Daniel Carroll, who arrived in the 1880s, was organizing labor unions in Minneapolis at the turn of the 20th century. His son, my grandfather William Carroll, was also a union organizer, and was there in the pitched battle between union men and law enforcement on First Avenue in 1934. I became an assistant public defender here in 1982 and retired in 2010. My two multiracial granddaughters are seventh-generation Minneapolitans.

We’ve been here for a long time. We’ve been progressives for a long time. And right now, as a lifelong Minneapolitan, I’m ashamed for my community.

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Richard G. Carlson, of Minneapolis, is a retired assistant Hennepin County public defender.

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Related:

Sally Yates Rips Jeff Sessions’ Defense For Harsher Criminal Sentences, Sam Levine, HuffPost 

  • “While there is always room to debate the most effective approach to criminal justice, that debate should be based on facts, not fear.”
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