Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) said the city is working to pair new police officers with “the right individuals” for training following George Floyd’s death after a higher-level officer dismissed a younger colleague’s question about how Floyd was being restrained.
Frey said the city has to be sure training for new officers is not forgotten once they head into the field.
Across the country, police departments are grappling with regaining trust and talking openly about police brutality following the death of Floyd in police custody Minneapolis.
Democratic-led House legislation would ban chokeholds and establish a national database to track police misconduct, along with several provisions that would make it easier to hold officers accountable for misconduct in civil and criminal court.
But the vote was largely along party lines. The Trump administration also threatened a veto. Most House Republicans came out against the Democratic proposal.
Meanwhile, police departments are dealing with long-brewing police brutality issues on the local level.
In Aurora, there is also been renewed scrutiny over the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain, who was stopped on the street by three white officers responding to a call about a person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms as he walked down a street.
Paramedics gave him 500 milligrams of ketamine to calm him down, but he suffered cardiac arrest. He was later declared brain dead and taken off life support several days later.
On Monday evening, the interim chief of the suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency, which says its looking to regain public trust, the Associated Press reported.
The city council chose Vanessa Wilson in a 10-1 vote. It was hours after she apologized for the latest instance of alleged brutality in the Aurora, Colo., police department. Officers investigating a stolen vehicle this weekend handcuffed at least two Black girls, who were seen crying in bystander video as they lay face down on the ground only to later discover they had the wrong vehicle, the news agency reported.
Wilson, who is White, beat out three other nationwide finalists, all of them Black men.
“We will be a transparent partner dedicated to making Aurora a safer city for all, with respect for our diversity, an embrace of unity, and continual conversation about how we can do better,” Wilson said in a statement.
McClain family lawyer Mari Newman said she is not sure. But has to be hopeful, she told the Associated Press.
“My hope is that she will prove that she has not just the moral compass but also the fortitude to do the right thing and to overhaul a broken department,” Newman said.