"It's not getting rid of police; it's changing the character of policing"
Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken is proposing to amend the city charter and add a third deputy police chief, a position which would include, among other things, oversight of police accountability.
A group of Duluthians who have been studying and working toward police reform think that's a fine idea, but they have a bigger plan they'd like to propose, a community-based plan to respond to 911 calls, where appropriate, with unarmed civilian first-responders and non-violence.
The racial justice working group of the Twin Ports DSA says not only would their plan respond to the concerns and fears of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our community, it would benefit Duluth "emotionally and financially."
You can find out more about the Law Enforcement Accountabilty Network on their website at LEANDuluth.org.